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King Burger Drive In Restaurant ~1956-1976 Lima Ohio ~ History in a Vintage Drinking Glass


Photo sent in by Rick Fields - thanks!

King Burger Drive In Restaurant 
~1956-1976 Lima Ohio ~ 
Vintage Drinking Glass

I added this vintage drinking glass to my collection recently. 

It was made by Federal Glass, a well known Columbus, Ohio glass company, for "King Burger". 

King Burger Drive In was built in the winter of 1956. 

This vintage Pepsi Cola soda pop sign is on display at Lima's Happy Daz restaurant. 

...not tryinc to keep their work a secret by concealing it under heavy wraps. They were just keeping out the weather. The special plastic cover, which lets in the light but keeps the dampness out, permit- ted stucco plastering of the building's exterior and the laying of sidewalks during the heavy snow two weeks ago. The building will house a drive-in restaurant The builders are Paul Fields and Charles Rockwell. 

King Burger Carhops

Lima News Monday, Oct. 24, 1960 Luscious Eating At King Burger Drive-In Are you hungary for delicious food to satisfy your taste, at low prices? Try the King Burger Drive-In at 606 W. North Street. A canopy for all-weather outdoor service, enlargement of the indoor seating capacity, an order by phone system and expansion and a wider variety on the food menu add to the interior and exterior convenience and beauty of the King Burger. Delicious chicken plates, which consist of four crispy pieces with a generous portion of French fries, cole slaw and roll, all for one dollar, are an attraction on the menu. For those with a limited lunch hour, quick noon lunches are also served. According to the owners, Charles Rockwell and Paul Fields, 95 per cent of all the food served by the King Burger is purchased from Lima wholesalers. "Our hamburger is ground daily and our pies are freshly baked every day." stated Fields. Forty-eight customers can be served at once in the dining room, and 50 outdoor phones are at the service of drive-in customers. A total of 34 persons are on the siaff of employes, more than half of their employees have worked there for at least 2 years, which is a fact that the partners are very proud of. As Fields explained, "The King Burger is willing to pay better than average wages to retain qualified employes and eliminate a constant turnover of personnel. A friendly greeting; warm and COURTEOUS SERVICE [Photo: Three of the many courteous car-hops who serve drive-in customers at the King Burger.] The owners of the restaurant are proud that their employes are known for fast efficient service. Atmosphere, and good food are marks of superb quality around the restaurant. The Record Hop that the King Burger and Sill's Shoes co-sponsored a short time ago proved to be a big success. The attendance was 350 teenagers; each of them received a FREE King Burger. A drawing was held at the hop and a Savings Bond was awarded to the one holding the lucky ticket. "It was good for the kids and we enjoyed Rockwell remark- ed. Also they sponsored a Midget Football team, called the "Jets." A tour through the back scenes of the King Burger-Drive In revealed the cleanliness that is kept throughout the entire restaurant. They have been in business in Lima for about 4 and a half years now and their main concern is to satisfy their customers in every way. "Business has been good; we are remarkably above last years said Rockwell. "Thank you for your continual patronage."

Articles from the Lima News, circa1960, should more accurately be called ''advertorials''.

These are the only articles or online mentions I found about King Burger, besides people mentioning the place nostalgically in web-comments, and the many help wanted ads in the Lima News archives. They ran ads from 1956 until 1976.

I didn't find any other mentions of the owners, Charles Rockwell and Paul Fields.

The restaurant was located at 606 W. North St., Lima, Ohio.

Here's a photo of the King Burger building, but as there aren't any signs, I don't know when it was taken. Definitely before the google maps satellite image of the building which today houses Sullivan Insurance.


Note: These items are part of my ''Collecting Lima Virtual Museum''. They are not for sale.

If/when I find more information on these items, I will add it to the post.

Read the Introduction to Collecting Lima Virtual Museum Project ~ My Lima Ohio Bottles, Advertising, Antiques

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