Closed Burger Chains in South Florida

When I’m amongst my burger-loving friends we always discuss burger chains that aren’t in South Florida anymore or those that we wish were. In some cases, a restaurant might fall into both categories.

There are some restos like for example Roy Rogers that were available in the Snapper Creek Service Plaza on the turnpike (Kendall area) for a few years in the early 1990s. It was not a good representation of the chain during its heydey.

Others like White Castle (read about White Castle in Miami) which had two locations in Miami from 1959 through 1967 are remembered fondly.

A&W Drive-ins, Fatburger, Frisch’s Big Boy, Hardee’s and Krystal were in Dade and Broward counties for years and now they’re not. There are plenty of folks that would like to see them here again.

All it takes is for a willing franchisee to bring them back and before you know it we’ll be good to go again.

You can read about these burger chains, their histories plus many more in my book All About the Burger (get your copy here).


Approximate years of operation In SOUTH FLORIDA

1954 – mid-1980s

CONFIRMED locations
Fort Lauderdale 225 NE 3rd Avenue
Fort Lauderdale 1800 S. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale 30130 S. Federal Highway
Miami 10995 SW 40th Street
Miami 11101 NW 27th Avenue
Miami 13105 Biscayne Boulevard
North Miami Beach 250 NE 167th Street
Plantation 3291 W. Broward Boulevard
Wilton Manors 2525 N. Dixie Highway


Inside the Miami Beach location, 2009
Approximate years of operation In SOUTH FLORIDA

2008 – 2011

CONFIRMED locations
Coral Gables 232 Miracle Mile
Miami Beach 947 Washington Avenue


Approximate years of operation In SOUTH FLORIDA

1958 – 1962 (closed due to bankruptcy)

CONFIRMED location
Ft. Lauderdale 441 S.W. State Road 7


Approximate years of operation In SOUTH FLORIDA

*1964-? and **1980-2003

CONFIRMED locations
Fort Lauderdale *1645 NE 4th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale *1705 W State Road 84
Hialeah **1149 W 49th Street
Kendall **Kendall Drive & 107th Avenue
Margate *5229 Coconut Creek Parkway
Perrine **18601 S Dixie Highway
Sweetwater **Flagler & 107th Avenue
Westchester **8700 Bird Road


Approximate years of operation In SOUTH FLORIDA

*1967-1971 and **2000-2016

Confirmed locations
Fort Lauderdale **901 W Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale *1220 NE 8th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale *1311 E. Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale *3615 W. Broward Boulevard
Pompano *Address currently unknown

Feel free to leave a comment. I’m always up for a great burger discussion.

One Comment

  1. When I was little I use to love Burger Chef! Then I think Hardees bought them out.


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