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194 posts
Aug 17, 2010
9:19 AM
i think burger chef restaurants were owned by the bermans.
does anyone have any burger chef stories?
maxed out
173 posts
Aug 17, 2010
9:39 AM
When I worked for FPL in Dayton many years ago I would stop at the Burger King on North Main. What I liked was they would give you the burger and you could dress it anyway you liked. They had a salad bar type setup.
I loved pickles so I would load up on them.
If I remember correctly I think there was another hamburger joint in Sprinfield by the same name. I think they sued the chain Burger Chef for using that name. I don't know what the outcome was.
19 posts
Aug 17, 2010
8:33 PM
Burger Chef franchise in our area was owned by GZK corp. the same who have Arbys and at one time Famous Recipe chicken. I worked at the one in Trotwood for a while in 1968. The company had a District Manager and I think his name was Nate Goldswig. He was real intense at times. I only mention him to see if anyone else may have known him and if that was his name.

Does anyone remember the bird houses that were replicas of Burger Chef restaurants and were mounted on tall poles and jokedly referred to as air mail?
467 posts
Aug 18, 2010
3:45 PM
Does anybody remember the Burger Bee on the SE corner of East 5th and Wayne ?
8 posts
Aug 19, 2010
11:17 AM
Lgrando67... The name of the regional manager is Nat Goldwasser. He was there for a lot of years. He was also Chief of Trotwood Rescue for a few years. He was a paramedic and a very calm cool man during some very stressfull situations. After GZK he went on to be a patrol officer with Madison Township and then the City of Trotwood. I ocassionaly saw him on TV interviews. I have no idea where he is now.
493 posts
Aug 25, 2010
6:44 AM
Lgrando67 and Mike80

Theres a Nat Goldwasser listed on facebook, not sure if it's the same guy, but the age looks right and he has links to Trotwood. I don't have a facebook account, so the information thats available to me is somewhat limited. Check him out on the link below.


Last Edited by on Aug 25, 2010 6:13 PM
9 posts
Sep 04, 2010
7:35 PM
Hi Rat. Looks like you had a busy day.
Yes this is Nat. I have put in a friend request. I will keep you updated.
2 posts
Sep 12, 2010
11:02 AM
My first job at 16 was at the Burger Chef on North Main St (1967) I told them at the outset that I was not permitted to work Sunday's for religious reasons. They accepted that until the jerk that was manager fired me for same reason. LOL, I remember him chewing me out for putting too many pickles on the burgers. The place changed into Red Barn, think, but have no idea what exists there now. What was the theatre across the street? I remember "The Graduate" playing there to large crowds.

Last Edited by on Sep 13, 2010 10:05 AM
bargain barney
11 posts
Sep 12, 2010
6:54 PM
I believe you are thinking of the AMES theater !!

I went there almost every sat. night
60 posts
Jun 23, 2013
6:21 PM
There was a Burger Chef on Salem almost to Ft. McKinley/Gettysburg Ave.
172 posts
Jul 03, 2013
2:16 PM
Burger Chef Birdhouses, either sold for a buck or given away at BC stores. Knocked down, in a flat pack, panels made of a material that was pressed sawdust and glue (Masonite?), then cut and painted to look like a crazy-angle Burger Chef drive-in. Kids could assemble them, with just string. Well, I thought about them while assembling my new Rock City birdhouse. Looked on Ebay. OMG!!!!! they are selling for HUNDREDS of dollars!
Mikey, Gatlinburg, TN

Last Edited by Mikey on Jul 03, 2013 2:17 PM
63 posts
Jul 04, 2013
2:00 PM
I believe sometime back that I was reading the story of Burger Chef and somebody did, at the time, buy the rights to Burger Chef. I can't remember who. Wendy's?, Hardy's?. Somebody owns it. If you were making them for yourself or friends there would be no problem. If you go into business making these, there will be some problems with regard to copyright. A lawyer can tell you more about this. It might be as simple as packaging it as a "Burger Chef Look Alike Birdhouse". Well, if you make some on a limited scale, I would be interested in one. If you did this on a limited basis, I don't think there would be a problem.
64 posts
Jul 05, 2013
4:56 PM
Just call it a "Fast Food Birdhouse" or "Drive-in Birdhouse". You can make decals on the computer. I have a program and paper for that. Decal paper is on e-bay and it will print in your printer.

Last Edited by Nile on Jul 05, 2013 4:56 PM
2 posts
Jul 06, 2013
7:32 PM
I still think Burger Chef was the best fast food restaurant. I know they disappeared in the early '90s, I think. I loved their Mushroom/Swiss Burger.
4 posts
Jul 10, 2013
4:43 PM
There's a Burger Chef birdhouse on Springfield Xenia Road at a house in Springfield. I look at it when I drive by that way. It's on the East side of the road. The Springfield News Sun ran an article on it within the past few years. I'm not sure how far their online archive goes back, but you may search it out; or drive by to admire if you're over this way sometime.
13 posts
Jul 12, 2013
9:03 PM
Them burgers always smelled really fine. Can't believe that McDonalds survived when they never used fire. Fat slobs love the greasy grill!
19 posts
May 21, 2014
5:40 PM
Had heard a rumor a few years that they were going to bring back Burger Chef, but I doubt it. Went to the one in Kettering on Marshall Road, which is now Harrigan's. My friend and I wrote up some funny comment cards, which was probably 1983. I also remember the one in Belmont on Smithville Road. I miss the place!
80 posts
May 21, 2014
5:57 PM
Burger chef in Kettering used to be on Dorothy Lane out front of where Krogers is located at now. That place your thinking about on Marshall Rd was a Sandy's restaurant. Similar to Burger Chef kinda!
1 post
Mar 31, 2015
10:29 AM
this site brings back such nice memories!! I haven't thought of burger chef in years,but, I sure did enjoy them as a kid!!
565 posts
Mar 31, 2015
5:30 PM
Welcome to Dayton History
244 posts
Mar 31, 2015
5:58 PM
I never gave much though to Carmel's on Shroyer being a Burger Chef. But looking at it now, its obvious that it was. At least to me. The Burger Chef in Trotwood (an empty lot now), my sister stared calling it the BC Lounge. Said that place needed a little class added to it.
joey m
351 posts
Apr 01, 2015
9:39 AM
Are you talking about where the old Parkmore was?
20 posts
Apr 01, 2015
10:56 AM
Yeah, I thought I remembered it as a Parkmoor, too. With the drive-in service along the train tracks.

Last Edited by RichC on Apr 03, 2015 11:30 AM
181 posts
Apr 01, 2015
5:36 PM
That place on Shroyer used to say that they were the only restaurant around that had a ( train ) drive thru. The guys on the railroad used to stop the train and pick up their food.

Last Edited by FreedomWriter on Apr 01, 2015 5:37 PM

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