Who remembers Lum's restaurants?
|Lum's in Ft. Lauderdale 1966 - Photo Credit Wikipedia|
This is the exact Lum's I remember when I was a kid. I grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in the 60's. Lum's was the special place to go out to eat. They had world famous hotdogs that were steamed in beer. The original Lum's was founded in 1956 in Miami. They grew to over 400 locations throughout the United States over the years. Sadly, only two locations currently remain, one in Bellevue Nebraska and another that surprisingly just opened two years ago in Seeknok Massachusetts.
I remember it being a special treat to go there when I was little, but don't ever recall eating at or even seeing a Lum's restaurant beyond childhood, even though I know they were still around.
How about the old A&W Restaurants...
I remember going to A&W being special too. It was so cool to park and have the carhops bring out your tray and hook it to the side of the car - and the root beer was really a special treat back then!
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Until I did a little research I would have never guessed that in the 70's A&W had more franchises than Mcdonald's, but A&W has actually been around since the 1920s believe it or not. I can't remember the last time I saw an A&W but I know they are still around. Anyone have any near you? Do they still have drive up service?
Last but not least for today are the old Howard Johnson's Restaurants...
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I only have one thing to say - fried clams! Ok I lied, I have two things to say - fried clams and coffee ice cream. Please tell me everyone has had Howard Johnson's fried clams and coffee ice cream. Oh how I wish I could travel back in time and have a big plate of those fried clams right now! There's nobody that could ever make them the way Howard Johnson's did!
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Howard Johnson's was also established was back in the 1920s, way before my time, but I do remember it well growing up. I don't recall having any in my immediate area, but it was always our go to place and something I always looked forward to when we were traveling. Remember those neon signs? From what I've read, as of this time last year only three Howard Johnson's Restaurants remain. I wonder if they are still aqua and orange? I'd love to find out.
Thanks for taking this little walk down memory lane with me. What were your favorite restaurants when you were growing up?