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Column by Scott Wuerz
Belleville News-Democrat, March 31, 2006, Page B5
The old Burger Chef site (located on West Main and 16th streets in Belleville, Illinois) is becoming a Taco Loco! Read the full text of this column in the Belleville News-Democrat archives.
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I am originally from Belleville, IL and live there now after having retired from the Air Force after 20 years. I well remember the West Main St. Burger Chef where I had a Funburger when it first came out!
I also remember when it became plain ol' 'Don Kaffers'. The most recent incarnation was a Chinese Buffet before now becoming a mexican restaurant.
When Kaffer's BC franchise expired, he added a long cinder-block extension to the front of the building to accomodate more patrons. That meant the end of the big glass windows, though you can still recognize the roof & eaves of the classic 60's design.
Also in the immediate area were later (newer) locations: one at Carlyle Avenue in Belleville, since razed (a Rally's now occupies the space). Another was in the St. Clair Square mall in Fairview Heights, IL - now a Burger King. From earlier childhood I also remember in the late 60's/early 70's my cousin worked at a Burger Chef on State Street in East St. Louis, IL where I got the Crazy Creatures window stickers (you have the video for in your Advertising section!).
Philip Atkins |
May 02, 2006 at 02:46 PM
What Happened to Charlie Thomas and Frank his Father?
I was great friends of his in High School, but lost contact after the sale of Burger Chef. Please let me know. I have some great stories about that time. Best regards,
joel samuel |
August 01, 2006 at 09:10 PM
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