I worked at the Burger Chef on the corner of Country Club Road and Locust Avenue in Fairmont, West Virginia in the late 70s. Two things stick out in my mind: How delicious the Big Chef was -- no comparison from another "Big" burger. Also, how quickly we could run orders through that combination grill/bun toaster.
There was a Burger Chef location in Kenova, WV. I went there several times as a kid. It caught fire and never reopened in about 1985. However, the structure was not damaged and it was reopened shortly after by Stewart's Hot Dogs. They still operated the location today and have preserved all the unique features of the building. It looks very much like the Burger Chef I remember.
Posted by: Andy Brown | December 30, 2005 at 12:59 AM
When I was growing up in Martinsburg (and if I remember correctly), the Burger Chef was one of the two fast food restaurants in town (along with the Hag-Mart hot dog stand). Sometime in the late 70’s, a McDonald’s replaced the Hag-Mart and that was it for the Burger Chef. Somebody turned the former Burger Chef into an independent burger joint. I believe the name of the new establishment was “Burger Palace” but I’m not sure as it did not last very long. Soon afterwards, the building was renovated and occupied by Union Sales Dodge, who still occupies the building today. In fact, that was where I bought my first car.
I worked at the Burger Chef in Nutter Fort, W. Va for a little over a year. It was my first job and I loved it. My favorite was the ham and cheese sandwich. I used to have one every day when I got to work at lunch. It was so tasty. Burgers were much better there than McDs. I have such fond memories of my time there.