Once Upon A Time, There Was A Burger Castle #tbt #throwbackthursday

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Burger Castle Postcard
Burger Castle Postcard by Fleer

The first time I ever heard of Burger Castle was on Don Boyd’s PBase. There’s a great picture of Burger Castle from 1972 at his site.

There isn’t very much information to be found about Burger Castle actually. The menu consisted of their Giant Burger, regular Burger, Fried Chicken, Roast Beef Sandwich, Filet of Fish Sandwich, Fries, Shakes and Soft Drinks.

The logo with the giant was changed at some point to that of the shield which you can see in the ads below. I’ve purchased a Burger Castle shield patch on ebay and from time to time other Burger Castle items surface on there too.

Miami News Ad - October 8th, 1968
Miami News Ad – October 8th, 1968
Miami News Ad - April 6th, 1971
Miami News Ad – April 6th, 1971
Miami News Ad - April 29th, 1971
Miami News Ad – April 29th, 1971

As best as I can tell there were 14 South Florida Burger Castle locations. I’ve listed them below along with google map links to what’s in those locations now. The Perrine location is probably the most interesting as you’ll find out.

The Burger Castle Headquarters was located at 1035 NE 125th St North Miami, FL 33161.

14 Burger Castles existed in October 1968

Hialeah Drive Store: 444 Hialeah Drive Hialeah, FL 33010

7th Avenue Store: 5780 NW 7th Avenue Miami, FL 33127

87th Avenue Store: 2275 SW 87th Avenue Miami, FL 33155

7th Street Store: 2395 NW 7th Street Miami, FL 33125

49th Street Store: 345 East 49th Street Hialeah, FL 33013

Bird Road Store: 10541 SW 40th Street Miami, FL 33165

Gables Store: 2350 Douglas Rd Coral Gables, FL 33134

South Miami Store: 6855 SW 57th Avenue Miami, FL 33143

Partial Burger Castle Sign still at old Perrine Location, picture courtesy of Steve Simon
Partial Burger Castle Sign still at old Perrine Location, picture courtesy of Steve Simon

Perrine Store: 17500 S. Federal Highway Cutler Bay, 33157

135th Street Store: 13495 NW 7th Avenue Miami, FL 33168

Pembroke Pines: 6520 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, FL 33024

Miramar Store: 6060 Miramar Parkway Miramar, FL 33023

40th Avenue Store: 1268 SW 40th Avenue Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315

Pompano Store: 2292 N. Federal Hwy Pompano Beach, FL 33062

If you know anything about Burger Castle feel free to leave your comments below as I’d love to know more.

UPDATE:

*Another location I found out about courtesy of Phillip Pessar. In the Polk Directory it listed 8865 South Dixie Highway as a Burger Castle location.

  • Gregg Fitzpatrick

    Good article, thank you. We had a Burger Castle on S, 109th and W. National Avenue in West Allis, Wisconsin. I could not remember the name of the chain, but when I saw the picture at the top of the article, no one could mistake that sign of the giant. Thanks much.

    • Didn’t even know the chain made it all the way to Wisconsin. Thanks for leaving a comment.

  • jimwinters

    i thought i was the only one who knew about the legs…funny

  • Calvin Maxwell

    There was a burger castle in miami on sw88st kendall drive and 107 ave in kendall mall

  • bfowler1000

    My father owned the company and was the Chairman of the Board and CEO, after having sold his insurance company. Although it seems that a fast food chain couldn’t really fail back then, somehow it did, and it drew him into personal bankruptcy (from which he never recovered). I’ve been trying to find out more about the company, since my father refused to discuss it, and passed away when I was in college. I’d really appreciate anyone sharing any info that they have on the company, or any sites I can use to make more progress!

    • Doug Turk

      My Dad & two partners formed the company in Miami when I was a kid. It was a franchise operation & I recall there where stores in Maryland too. They must have sold it to your Dad.

      • bfowler1000

        Hey Doug – was Charlie Krebs one of the partners? (He lived four houses away from us, and I think maybe he was involved as well?). Any info is greatly appreciated!

        Thanks.

        Bill Fowler

        • Doug Turk

          Hi,
          I was a kid during that period so my knowledge is limited. From what I recall my Dad (an Airline Pilot) was one of 3 partners who was involved in the early stages of the business. He was involved in Real Estate when not flying & his function was to locate new locations. When the company had grown to 15 or so the other partners said he either needed to come aboard full-time or sell his stake. He sold. The names that I recall are Charlie Krebs & Frank Erwin but I can’t say for sure what they had to do with any of it. I remember visiting stores & the main office. Doug

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          • bfowler1000

            Thanks Doug for your input. As I’m getting filled in a little bit more, I think my father bought the company from Charlie Krebs (and who ever the other shareholders were at the time) after they had built it to a certain size (perhaps not long after your father sold his stake). Of course, it was a sore subject with my father so I never really heard what happened that took it down……. (recession?, poor planning?, law suits with Burger King?). Still curious as to what happened. Please feel free to add any insight or email me at bfowler1000 at gmail.

          • Doug Turk

            Haven’t a clue as to why the chain went under as my Dad moved on to another venture. He used the proceeds as a down payment on a piece of commercial property on US1 in Kendall. That venture almost sunk him (us) but he was able to sell it at the last second. Used the proceeds from that sale to build a vacation house & got out of the “business world” entirely. I spoke with my brother (who is older) & he confirmed the 3 original owner where Charlie Krebs, Frank Erwin & my Dad -James Turk. Charlie & Frank bought out my Dad & then sold the whole thing to someone who must’ve been your Dad.

          • bfowler1000

            Well, thanks for helping me piece things together. Charlie Krebs’ son Gary is a few years older than me, but we lived just four houses away. I’m going to try and get a hold of him. Glad your dad dodged the bullet.

          • I have Gary Krebs email address.

          • bfowler1000

            That would be great if you could get me that! Thanks.

            Bill

    • Jeffrey R. Brant

      My late father (Harvey Brant) and his business partner, Art Budwig, owned the BC on SW 87th Ave (Galloway Rd) at Coral Way. They were the original owners, around 1963, and sold it a few years later, doing owner finance for the buyers. A couple years later, the new owners quit making loan payments so we took over the store and ran it for a couple more years before selling it again. This time, the new owners tore it down and put a Burger King in its place.

      • bfowler1000

        Hey Jeffrey – I’m guessing your father and his business partner were owners with the original founders, which included Charlie Krebs. If you know what actually happened to lead to the company’s ultimate demise, I’d love to hear your thoughts…… (just curious, since it was a taboo subject with my father).