This former Burger Chef site is located on PA Route 18 in Beaver Falls, PA. I took this photo of it earlier today.
Since the late 1980's-early 1990's, this local pizza shop has occupied the building. As you can see, the building currently lacks a store-front; there's a reason why. This Burger Chef almost went into the history books earlier this year! Anyone who's ever driven PA 18 on the College Hill section of Beaver Falls would agree with me in saying that the decades-old s-bend through Geneva College just up the hill from this pizza shop needed replaced. Well, this year PennDOT is finally replacing it with a new roadway. Problem is, the building was in the right-of-way, near where the new alignment would connect with the old one, as a matter of fact. (The old alignment, s-bend and all, will become a private-access road for Geneva.) And the owner of the place, who was making a lot of money serving the local college students even with Papa John's just a few feet away (I actually took the pic from Papa John's parking lot.) and two other pizza places just up the hill at the other end of the new alignment, didn't want to move his business somewhere else, as there was no desirable place near the college for him to relocate. Eventually the owner and PennDOT reached a compromise: he could keep his building and the property, but had to give up about two-thirds of his parking space and actually had to tear down the dining section of the building in order to allow the right-of-way of the new road to come through. The place currently has no seating, just takeout. (Considering that there were no public restrooms to begin with, which is a direct violation of health codes for a restaurant with seating not to have, they could've done without seating anyways.) And despite the front wall still missing even with winter coming soon, the business is still open on a regular basis. As a result of this realignment of PA 18, even though the old Burger Chef sign had been gone for years anyways, the site of the sign is now part of the new roadway. On a side note, even though it will now be too close to the road to comply with state law on how close a building can be to a roadway, it will be protected under a grandfather clause since it is an existing building.
Posted by: Joe Gerard| November 10, 2007 at 12:49 PM
Was referred here from the TestPattern page on MSNBC.
In the early 1970s, there was a Burger Chef restaurant in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, at the intersection of Route 201 and Finley Road. It was the very first fast food restaurant we had - McDonald's, Long John Silvers and Pizza Hut didn't come along until years later.
Posted by: Lisa Hindmarsh| August 1, 2007 at 03:17 PM