Last Burger Chef to close - Cookeville, Tenn. - July 1996
Pictured in June 1995 on a visit I made there. Closed around July 1996.
This was the last remaining Burger Chef. It was changed to Pleasers, then closed.
Cookeville is east of Nashville on I-40.
below, 2008 Former Cookeville Burger Chef pictured by Kevin O'Mara of http://klophoto.com THANKS for the update !!!!!
Well...below is the building of the last Burger Chef on fire (as India Palace) in Summer 2008.
The building was destroyed, it has not been bc since about 1996, it was several different restaurants since bc closed.
Rear view of Cookeville Burger Chef - June 1995
Drive-thru menu sign, showing it's age. Owners couldn't get advertising or support, Hardees' really didn't want any Burger Chef's open. BC Franchise contracts were not renewed on expiration, leaving restaurant owners without a restaurant name. Some of them joined the "Pleaser's" group, but didn't have strong advertising support, some remained independant and came up with some pretty catchie names, like "The Chef", "Schroder's" and "Jim's Burger Haven", just to name a few.
June 1995, me in front of the sign at roadway.
This is the back of Cookeville Burger Chef, it was probally originally built about 1966, you can really tell where the old met the new. Unknown when it was remodeled, or to what extent. Most bc's in the late 70's had the yellow roofs with red letter signs.
This was the last known sign. It was still standing until 1996.
Please see the Bedford page and look at the pleasers sign they had, they changed it to a pleasers sign using the bottom parts.
Cookeville TN - Burger Chef - 1966 to 1996