Griff's Hamburgers

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"Griffy" exhorted patrons to stock up on fifteen-cent hamburgers.

Griff’s Hamburgers, or Griff's Burger Bar, is a regional fast food chain founded in 1960 by Griff's of America, Inc. of Kansas City, Missouri, United States. At one time they had locations nationwide with the majority in the South near highway exits.[1]

Griff's was named for the founder, Harold Griffin.[2]

The restaurant buildings were of a patented[3] A-frame design,[1] produced by Valentine Diners[4] of Wichita, Kansas. Later restaurants sported more conventional architecture. A bright yellow sign read HAMBURGERS in big block capitals.[5] The restaurants offered both drive-thrus and patio dining.[5]

Most of the stores were located in high traffic locations, such as near a highway off-ramp, or along Route 66.[5] There was one on the corner of Caruthers and Independence in Cape Girardeau, Missouri in the 1960s, catty corner from old Central High School.

Corporate headquarters for Griff's of America is now in Dallas, Texas. The first store opened in Texas was in Fort Worth, TX on East Lancaster Avenue and stores remain open in Arvada and Denver, Colorado; Bossier City, Ruston and Shreveport, Louisiana; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Dallas, Fort Worth, Haltom City, Garland, Irving, Mesquite, and San Antonio, Texas.[1] A location in Sedalia, Missouri closed in late 2011.[2]

The restaurant chain was featured in multiple installments of the Zippy the Pinhead comic strip; on November 15, 2004,[6] February 10, 2005[7] December 19, 2006,[8] and September 2, 2007.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Griff's Burger Bar". agilitynut.com. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Jones, Kenn (1 December 2011). "Griff's Burger Bar says goodbye". sedaliademocrat.com. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Building design patent". agilitynut.com. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Valentine Diners in Wichita, Kansas State Historical Society". kshs.org. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Sheehan, Jason (2003-10-02). "Cheeseburgers in Paradise". westword.com. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  6. ^ "Zippy the Pinhead". zippythepinhead.com. November 15, 2004. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Zippy the Pinhead". zippythepinhead.com. February 10, 2005. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Zippy the Pinhead". zippythepinhead.com. December 19, 2006. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Zippy the Pinhead". zippythepinhead.com. September 2, 2007. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 

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