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Before there was Burger King, there was Henry's, they were very small and it was all take out food. I believe they were about a $.25
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NotSoOldBoomer - July 16, 2008 - Report this comment
It's the first fast food I remember (early 1960's). We would drive to Burlington, Iowa to shop, and if we were lucky--have Henry's Hamburgers for supper on a Sunday evening. It was all "eat in the car." I remember that sign--I think the Hamburger had blinking neon arms/legs. I can almost smell the food! I don't think we knew or cared about McDonalds at that time . . .
Marc - July 29, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember this place - we used to call them "Henryboogers" as we were wolfing them down.
Pat - August 28, 2008 - Report this comment
That is where we would go to 'hang out', in the 60's. Too bad kids today don't have a place like this, although, it probably wouldn't be so innocent now! Does anyone remember the King Henry Hamburger? I believe it had cole slaw, pickles and mustard. It was pretty good. Does anyone know for sure what was on it? I would like to try a make it.
Dean Barcelona - September 16, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved Henerys as a kid growing up in Chicago,in the 60s an early 70s it was at Archer Ave. and Cicero down from Midway Airport.Better than Mc donalds and more girls there, broke up with a girl there, well they had good food and the price was right.
Keith Walden - September 24, 2008 - Report this comment
I just heard NcDonalds say they invented the fast food restaurant ... Henry's was way before them Arby's was as well I believe
MiddleCincinnati - September 25, 2008 - Report this comment
We grew up in Cincinnati. There were at least two Henry's branches there in the early 1960's, one in the Finneytown neighborhood and the other in the Oakley area. This was years before McDonald's had a large presence in the Midwest. As kids, we loved their cheeseburgers and fries. I still remember the fries as being a cut above those of competitors. Still miss Henry's, and am glad to see pictures of their old signs.
Thomas Lane - September 29, 2008 - Report this comment
I grew up near Benton Harbor , MI and there is still a Henrys operating there as of summer 2008- they are located on M-139 just off I-94 Benton Harbor exit- their phone # is 269-926-6757. The help is surley, the burgers are chewy and the fries are greazey- and thats the way we like ,em- that's Henrys! tlanephoto@yahoo.com
john Quinn - November 20, 2008 - Report this comment
I grew up in Springfield, MO and worked at Henry's Hamburgers on East Sunshine Street from 1965-1967. It was my first job. I started at 50 cents an hour. The food was better than McDonalds but the owner was a miser and wanted to re-use the drink trays he found on the lot.
Mike Lynch - December 14, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember the Henry's Hamburgers in Chicago on the Northwest corner of Cicero and 79th street. I used to ride my bike there after a flag football games at Durkin Park.
Gene Janmeson - December 28, 2008 - Report this comment
I grew up in upstate New York and remember Henry's as a teenager. When I used to go there you could get a burger, fries and a milk shake (a real one, not one made from a mix) for I think it was $.42! Burger was 15 cents, shake was 20 cents and I think fries were an unheard of 7 cents! Oh, the good old days! They were on the scene before McDonald's and I remember my aunt taking me there when we were out for a drive in her car.
Richard Bulin - February 14, 2009 - Report this comment
Boy I remember Henry's Hamburger. I seem to recall we used to call it O'Henry's. But that was a great place and a great burger...better than McDonalds.
Jeff Long - April 01, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember going to a hamburger stand when I was a kid. I believe it was Henry's. Does anyone know if there was one in Ottumwa Iowa? One thing that stands out was the big cartoon glasses they had for promotion. Any help would be appriciated..thanks
Leo Stolba - May 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember back in the late 60's, early 70's, my daughter Terry Stolba, worked at Henry's Hamburgers at Memorial Drive & Mt. Vernon Rd. SE in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. On occasion, there would be leftover 10 cent hamburgers that she and the other employees would get to take home to their families who enjoyed the delicious Henry's Hamburgers.
Freda henrys employee - May 07, 2009 - Report this comment
We're still here. The only Henrys still left is in Benton Harbor MI. on M139. We have a new building but our food is still the same. We're celebrating our 50th anniversary this year. Check out our new website, at henryshamburgers.com. There's a place on the site to tell us about your memories, leave some.
Mark Williams - May 23, 2009 - Report this comment
I grew up in Denver, Colorado. I clearly remember a Henry's on south Colorado Blvd. It was there during the 60's but was gone soon after that. I loved their burgers. Does anone else remember this particular one?
Steve n Ky - June 02, 2009 - Report this comment
Mc Donalds invented fast food ? Nooooo way ! Long before they even thought of the idea there was Henry's ,,, and even White Castle . I was lucky enough in the early 60's to have a Henry's about five minutes away from me here in Louisville . THAT was a treat believe me , and if I remember correctly it was all drive up (not drive THRU ) , there was no inside seating ,, just the inside of the family car listening to AM radio. Back then were several small chains in town that were much better than Mc Donalds ,, Triple Triangle , Ranch House and Jiffys just to mention a few . Man those were the days !
MamaByrd - June 15, 2009 - Report this comment
Wheeling, IL, 1970, just across the street from K-mart. What I remember (not trying to be gross) is the smell from blocks away. It smelled like stinky armpit! All you have to do is type Henry's Hamburgers into a search engine (I use Dogpile) and you will have tons of info. The best is retro pix on ameshistoricalsociety . org. .15, .20 cents? Phillips 66? Does that say .23 cents/gal??? I remember the Clark station when it was .26 cents. Wait... is that a Corvair? The O-Rings rocked.
SparKy - June 20, 2009 - Report this comment
hey Steve n Ky - wasn't there a Henry's on Cane Run Road near Algonquin Manor? I barely remember eating there and hating the mustard/ketchup on the burger... my neighbor's dad took us there. That was a million years ago. The building or sign may still exist.
Tom Merchant - July 17, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember being stationed at Niagara Falls in 1964. McDonalds and Henrys were both there, but Henrys was closer to the base. On weekends we would go through the barracks and everyone would put in their order. It was not uncommon to order 35 hamburgers, 45 fries and 15 cheese burgers. Oh yeah they were better than McDonalds. There were a few in Minnesota I recall, after I got out of the service, but they just seemed to disappear.
Tom from Homer Glen Illinois - July 17, 2009 - Report this comment
Henry's at Archer and Cicero near Midway airport will always have a special place in my heart. I met my future wife there in 1965 and I'm still married to her today!
Rich B. - July 23, 2009 - Report this comment
First fast food restaurant I ever dined at was a Henry's in Niagara Falls, NY. They actually had two in the city. Western NY had at least six and probably more. City of Tonawanda even had one. Henry's was my favorite so when I drove back from Chicago three years ago I detoured to Benton Harbor. While the prices were a lot higher than they were when I was a kid, they had a special, buy 2 cheeseburgers and get 1 free, so there was still a bargain to be had at Henrys!!
David D. Baker - August 24, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember going to the one in Chicago; located at Central and Fullerton; accross the street from Hanson Stadium and The Diplomat on the Northwest side of the city ! I created a group on facebook signup and share your stories !
Scott Bethune - September 29, 2009 - Report this comment
Yes there was a Henry's in Ottumwa Iowa. I believe it was where Taco Johns is on Church Street. They had The Henry's All American which was Mcdonalds Big Mac
TR - October 04, 2009 - Report this comment
There was a Henry's in Cedar Rapids Iowa on 16th Avenue near Jefferson High School. We went there all the time for burgers, cokes and shakes.
Judy P - November 22, 2009 - Report this comment
My husband is trying to remember one in Waukegan or Gurnee Illinois - anyone remember? P.S. I worked across from the Henrys in Springfield, MO!
Mark G. - December 04, 2009 - Report this comment
There were two Henry's in South Buffalo NY when I was younger.
Dollface - December 08, 2009 - Report this comment
I used to eat at the Henry's at 28th & Locust in St. Joseph, MO. It was a few blocks from my high school and we'd skip over there for lunch just about every day, unless the vice-principal was prowling around. The site is a convenience store now.
BeauxArtabazon - January 20, 2010 - Report this comment
My family's beloved Henry's was on Turney Road, in Turney Town, right near Garfield Park, in Cleveland, Ohio. The most important thing about Henry's from Artabazon family lore was their french fries: They sold them by the pound! You could buy a whole bag of their french fries which we often did. In the summer when we went swimming at Garfield Park, lunch was usually some soggy sandwiches Ma made and a big bag of Henry's fries. At Christmas when Ma drove us around to look at Christmas lights we always had to stop for a big bag of Henry's fries. Ma grocery shopped at the Pick n Pay in Turney Town often with my great Aunt Lottie. Afterwards we would usually stop at Henry's for lunch and I would get a hot dog with mustard and onions. Of course we had a bunch of fries. I remember dropping mustard from my hotdog on my favorite shirt and the stain never came out. Luckily no one but me could see the stain amid the psychedelic design on my shirt. That was about 1972 when I was in kindergarten. My family was very sad when Henry's closed, a crew demolished the building, and Burger King popped up in its place.
BMC - January 28, 2010 - Report this comment
Hey David Baker. My family ate at that Henry's as well on Fullerton and Central. I used to play little league at Hanson Park. Every once in awhile we would pile into the family car and pick up Mom from work and stop there for dinner. Sometimes if money was tight, my brother and I had to share the shake. Ironically my family was just talking about that place a few weeks back. Seems like that was when families actually enjoyed one another.
RamessesII - January 30, 2010 - Report this comment
I, too, used to eat at the old Henry's, on the corner of 79th St. & Cicero, across from the Scottsdale Shopping Center, where Chicago & Burbank (South Stickney) met. They had the best sauce on those burgers... ever. I'd kill for one of those now. Kids, today, will never know what they missed.
Mike Mickelsen - February 02, 2010 - Report this comment
I grew up in Chicago and still live in the area. Henry’s was at the corner of Narragansett and Higgins. My family would visit the fast food stop frequently because my mother and Dad loved the BBQ sandwich. So much so that he bought stock at $1.00 per share and invested heavily in Henry’s. Both Henry’s and McDonalds’ were at the same price per share. He always said if he had purchased McDonalds’ instead of Henry’s, no one in the family would ever have to work again.
John Martin - February 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I would like to buy an original stock certificate for Henry's Hamburgers or perhaps a good copy of one. I worked for them in the early 60's in Des Moines, IA and my brother and I both were given 25 dollars from our dad to either buy Mc Donalds stock or Henrys. We were too smart and bought stock where we worked since they had a much larger and diversified menu, "more likely to succeed" Wrong, my mother threw out our centificates while we were in Nam and now when I tell the story it would be great to have a copy to show everyone. I was told that if we had bought the 50 shares in McDonalds we would now be millionaires even if we never had one of their burgers or franchise restaurants. Scary to think about. Please contact me at jm6549@netins.net. THX
Mark Thode - February 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I do remember the Henry's Hamburger on 79th and Cicero loved the old neon sign..There is one still left in Benton Harbor Michigan..I go twice a year they are selling their 50th Anniversary shirts at a great price..food still good. Does anyone remember the Franksville off of 79th & Cicero SW corner? I go back to those days anytime!!!
Mark Thode - February 13, 2010 - Report this comment
Just remember there was a Henry's Hamburger off of South West Highway and 87th in Hometown across the street(west side) from the Hometown Center with Hi LO Foods,Kresges,National Foods ..use to pass it to my Grandmas.
Jeff Kaiser - February 20, 2010 - Report this comment
In Louisville,,yes,,there was definatly a Henry's on Algonquin Pkwy,,at Millers lane. The building and bare signage was there till about 5 years ago,,when it was cleared. I remember it well. It was just southwest of the "Big A" shopping center.Back when that part of Louisville was humming with progress. Sadly,,sometime in the mid 70's,,it died fast,,due to all the crime in the area and never recovered. The vacant lot is still there though,,along with a couple of the original light standards bordering the parking area.
Jeff kaiser - February 20, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm sorry,,in my post I was wrong,,I meant to say the location was on Cane Run at Millers,,,I had my mind on memories of the Big A shopping center and thats the way it came across,,but Henry's in Louisville was definatly on Cane Run road at Millers lane. I don't know if there were any other locations in Louisville though.
Steve Beckett - May 07, 2010 - Report this comment
We used to stop at the one on Lincoln Way in Ames, IA on the way to hockey games in Des Moines in the 60s. There was also one I went to in Cedar Rapids on old Hwy 30 (is that 16th Avenue?). It was across from Carstensen trucking where my uncle worked. I don't remember a burger with coleslaw at Henry's. Sandy's restaurants had one with slaw called the Big Scot.
Steve Beckett - May 07, 2010 - Report this comment
If there was a car load of us we would save money by buying french fries by the pound and passing them around.
Steve Verno - May 26, 2010 - Report this comment
in the 1960s, there was a Henry's Hamburger at the corner of Main Street and Jarvis in Binghamton New York. It Beat McDonald's to no end. 15 cents for a great burger. It closed and was torn down when the Jarvis Theater closed and was torn down.
justakid - June 16, 2010 - Report this comment
I was only about 5 when my folks would take me to Henry's hamburgers on 79th and Cicero Ave. This was in the early 70's. I remember it was a piece of heaven to me. Going inside, I remember colored panels on the wall. Once I ate the hamburger- it was the most delicious thing I had ever eaten in my life. I would love to taste it one more time today. I can't remember how much the hamburgers were. But when my parents mentioned going to Henry's I was happy to be alive. I also remember Farrell's ice cream parlor by Ford City Mall back in the day too. That is another story.
Patricia Grigor Fabricius - July 05, 2010 - Report this comment
Henry's Hamburgers! I grew up Catholic and was a teenager in the 1960's when we still could not eat meat on Friday. It never failed but we'd be out shopping with our mom and my "toddler brother" (12 yrs younger than me) would get hungry. What was faster than Henry's? Mom would pull the car in,either my sister or I would get the job of ordering french fries and coke for us "older ones" and drool over the hamburger our little brother so slowly ate. He made every bite look so delicious (and they were!). This was in Binghamton, New York (Broome County) and was on the corner of Main Street and something else, the name escapes me. I am now 63, my brother 51 and I still talk about those Friday evenings when he could eat a Henry's Hamburger while we had to smell it and only watch at how good he made it look. What memories!
Rick A. - July 07, 2010 - Report this comment
Some of my earliest childhood memories are of the Henry's Hamburgers location in Kirksville, Mo. One of my uncles was manager there in the early 70s. Our Henry's came to town in the mid-late 60s, but an onslaught of bigger chains like McDonalds, Hardee's, Pizza Hut, etc doomed it by the late 70's. Too bad. LOVED those fries! I'm sure my uncle has lots of great stories to share so I'll try to get him on here soon to post.
Ethel Yori - July 19, 2010 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember then having tamales or corn meal wrapped in wax paper
Rick Miller - August 20, 2010 - Report this comment
I grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and I'm pretty sure we had at least 4 of Henry's Hamburgers in town. I graduated in 1968 and I used to go to the one across the street from North High school. I am pretty sure they were before McDonalds. I once heard that McDonalds bought them out. Anyway they were sure good.
Kayla - August 25, 2010 - Report this comment
There was a Henry's In Newton, Iowa on First Avenue, that's where I got my Underdog glass!
Des Keller - October 07, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved looking at the photos/histories of the various Henry's Hamburgers. My Dad, Pete Keller, managed, in succession, three of them from 1964 to 1973; St. Joseph, Mo, Des Moines, Ia, and Ames, Ia. I was looking at all of this because Pete recently passed away in Fort Dodge, IA at the age of 85 (9/22/10). I have fond memories of those restaurants as a youngster. Dad had used bands (called combos) to attract customers to the drive-ins in St. Joseph and Des Moines, I believe. And my first paying job as a 14-year-old was working for Dad at the Ames location in 1973. We moved to Fort Dodge in 1974 where Pete then managed locally-owned Tom Thumb Drive In until he retired in 1989. In the link to the Henry's photos in Ames, my Dad is pictured at the counter. Thanks, Des Keller Charlotte, NC http://www.ameshistoricalsociety.org/exhibits/l_way/henrys.htm
Richard Pilot - October 27, 2010 - Report this comment
It seems that Henry's where all throught the Mid-West but they were also in Miami Florida in the late 50's. There was a Henry's on the Southwest corner of 87 Ave. and Bird Road. Their burger and fries were the best, they were open about 2 or 3 years and then rumors started to surface about their burgers having horse meat in them. Henry's took a real hit from that story and they never really recovered from it. Within 3 years of Henry's closing McDonalds enter the Miami area. I've heard that McDonald's at that time played hardball with other hamburger chain's and planted stories about hamburger competitors 1 to 3 years before they went into a new market so as to clean out as much competition as possible before they launched their own market assault.
Gerry B - November 11, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember the one in Hometown IL at the intersection of 87th street and SW Hwy. I remember walking down the block -we lived on 86th street in Chicago - to pick up a sack of burgers on Sunday evenings. I also remember the ones on 79th and Cicero and Archer Ave. Cool franchise!
Paul - November 26, 2010 - Report this comment
I worked at a Henry's Hamburger in Buffalo on Main Street near Dewey Avenue in 1967 or 68. The franchise was owned by a couple of black guys (I'm white) that were trying to live the American dream by running their own business. They were pretty good to work for; the only problem I had is that they would never close if there were any potential customers so we would have to start the grill up if anybody walked in at closing time. Only much later did I realize how hard it must have been for them to make it a profitable business.
Chris Hirschbeck - January 11, 2011 - Report this comment
We had a Henry's Hamburgers in Tiny Kenmore, NY in the mid seventies. It was such a treat to go there. Fast food was a novelty back then. Many kids from the local high school, Kenmore West, used to make the walk down to Delaware Ave. for a quick burger and fries during lunchtime. They were good. Fond memories...
Paul - February 06, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember going to the North ave beach in Chicago as a kid. There was a Henry's at the bus stop, I believe it was Pulaski. We used to stop there because you could by fries by the 1/4, 1/2 and 1 pound bag. That and a Coke was kid heaven at that time.
BigMike - February 24, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember two Henry's locations. One in Joliet at Plainfield Road (Rt 30) and Larkin. The other was in Chicago across the street from Wrigley Field.
1Paula - March 01, 2011 - Report this comment
I grew up in Waukegan, Il--There was an O'Henerys Hamburger place--on Washington St. & Lewis Ave.--across the street from EDI Electronics. The sign on this page is what it looked like. The hamburger on the sign was the O'. Best $.25 hamburger I have ever ate. Does anyone remember ?? I do !!!
Johnny Mac - March 12, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember the one at 79th and Cicero. GREAT burgers. I went to St. Catherine of Alexandria in Oak Lawn and Henry's provided the food for "Hamburger Day". I always looked forward to that. We could get 1 or 2 burgers and white or chocolate milk. Wonderful memories.
Joy - March 19, 2011 - Report this comment
There was a Henry's on Military Road in Niagara Falls, NY when I was growing up in the 60's and 70's. It was a short walk from our high school at lunch. The food was really good - my favorite was a hamburger with ketchup and an orange ade drink!
Misty - April 01, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember one in Kankakee Illinois going toward Bradley. I loved eating there.They had great greasy tacos.
Big Ron - April 04, 2011 - Report this comment
We had O Henrys (%th and Jeffrey in Chicago
jimmie - April 17, 2011 - Report this comment
I live grew up in bento harbor where to this day a henrys is still open of course the burgers aint 15 cent any more but they r like they always have been
ChaCha - May 17, 2011 - Report this comment
I maybe wrong but didn't they serve fried chicken too? It was so good!
ziploc - June 25, 2011 - Report this comment
I grew up in Des Plaines,Illinois. We would always pass by Henry's on our way to Church on Sunday. If we were lucky we would stop on the way back for a hamburger and milk shake. This was on the corner of Mannheim and Higgins close to Ohare Airport. A McDonalds is there now-go figure.
Sylvia - July 03, 2011 - Report this comment
I grew up in San Jose, CA and we had a Henry's on Story Road long before McDonald's or any other type of fast food. I remember it very well, Burgers were 13 cents and frys were 11 cents in 1963.
greg - July 27, 2011 - Report this comment
The Henry's was right beside Wrigley Field on Clark St. not across the street. I lived at Cornelia and Seminary, a block and a half from the ballpark and Henry's was the first place my mom let me walk to myself, in 1965 or 66
Buddy - August 10, 2011 - Report this comment
There was a Henry's on Oakwood Avenue in Huntsville, Alabama across from Rison School. I most remember they had a burger that had sliced cucumbers instead of pickles. Never saw this on a hamburger anywhere else.
tom - August 27, 2011 - Report this comment
Worked at the henry's In Grand Forks, ND. in the mid 60s. Loved that Ringo burger & the heart sauce.
Sam Sulla - August 30, 2011 - Report this comment
I seem to remember a Henry's or O Henry's on the corner of 79th Street and Cicero Ave. It had a Big Spikey, Multi-Colored Neon Star sign that Rotated. Our mother would take us there during summer vacation for lunch.
Neet - September 04, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember going to Henry's as a kid in Mason City, Iowa. The only thing I remember having to eat were their chili dogs.
Jim - September 25, 2011 - Report this comment
My farther franchised the first Henrys in Buffalo N.Y in 1965. it was on the corner of Main & North.he open up his secon one on Jefferson ave and his third one on Niagara & Pennsylvania. In 1970 he took over % other units, Abbot Rd. Lancaster.Ave, Southwestern blvd. 1 In Jamestown and 1 in Flouvania N.Y. He sold out in 1977 and moved to Fl. I remember as a kid you could get 4 hamburgers, 2 fries and 2 drinks for a dollar
Barb - October 11, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember taking our foreign student from Argentina to the one in Des Moines by Merle Hay. She was shocked by the entire idea that you would eat in the car. I remember they had great fried chicken in a basket. Does anyone remember a fast food place on Merle Hay Road that served roast beef sandwiches from a huge roast that was on a spit? Are Taco Johns still around? I don't live there anymore, but remember T J's Does anyine remember the restaurant "Here'sJohnny's" that was in Des Moines?
David Kurth - November 02, 2011 - Report this comment
We had Henrys in Moorhead Minnesota in 1966. We could buy 6 hamburgers and a 10 cent drink for 1.00. I have always wished one of the other fastfood chains would use Henrys sauce on their burgers. It was the best. I was sorry to see them go from the state.
Johns - December 10, 2011 - Report this comment
Does anyone have the recipe for Henry sauce?
lindell reynolds - December 18, 2011 - Report this comment
i worked at henrys 4701 state st e st louis il during 1960-1961 this was my first real job after high school my wages as asst manager was$1.28 an hour
lindell reynolds - December 31, 2011 - Report this comment
to answer cha cha's question, YES henrys served fried chicken they also served a real nice shrimp basket
Peter Merkle - February 12, 2012 - Report this comment
Chicago. We would call our mom at work and ask if we could take change out of the pantry jar. Then take our bikes to the Henry's on Milwaukee Ave., south of Belmont Ave. For an extra treat we'd ride down to Animal Kingdom and see the exotic menagerie. Thanks to all for sharing memories.
Ann - February 21, 2012 - Report this comment
Henry's in Mason City,Iowa--yes, you could smell the onions a mile away. Bittersweet memories: my dad died in 1968 and I think my mom and I lived on Henry's--she didn't want to cook and that was all I wanted to eat so it was easier just to go with it. They had fries by the 1/4 pound, 1/2 pound, whatever you wanted. The burgers were good, the onion rings and pork tenderloins too. Thanks for the stories everyone.
Sandra - February 22, 2012 - Report this comment
I used to work for Henrys Hamburger in the Bronx on Southern Ave. I had a lot of fun, The work enviroment was so cool. My funniest memory was we had a guy named Freddie who liked to drink wine. He left his bottle on top of the grill and somehow fell over and spilled on top of the burgers that was cooking. Freddie never replaced the burgers, the wine cooked in them and the customer actually came back for more. Never told them they were cooked in wine.
Tom miller - July 24, 2012 - Report this comment
My Dad owned a Henry's in Dorchester,Ma at 1420 Dorchester Avenue; he had to close in 1974. There was one in Dorchester and one in Brockton, Ma. The Henry's Sauce recipe: Ketchup 3 1/2 gal, Mustard 1 gal. and dill Pickle juice 1/2 gallon mixed together in a 5 gal bucket with a large paddle. We would then pour it into 1 gallon jars. At the Dorchester Store, our Big Henry was the equivalent of a Big Mac or Gino Giant, and our All American Burger, was the equivalent of the 1/4 lb...It was originally called the "Sock it to Me Burger" until Henry's found out another restaurant had copyrighted the name.
Billy Con Carne - August 07, 2012 - Report this comment
My two best freinds & I used to split 20 hamburgers and 6-8 orders of fries each time we went there. Sometimes we'd just sit outside next to the bldg. and eat 'em there ... this was the location at Avers & Milwaukee Aves. in Chicago. Once in a while we'd go to the location at Central & Fullerton Aves. Great memories for sure.
alan goldberg - September 04, 2012 - Report this comment
My father owned 2 Henry's Hamburgers in Massachusetts. I worked there when I was a teenager.Better then anything around back then and now.
Tom Miller - September 29, 2012 - Report this comment
Alan...my Dad was a colleague and friend of both Ralph and David Goldberg...I worked in the Dorchester and Brockton locations.Dad passed away this year at 80. His name was Ken Miller. I remember David bringing his children to our house in Dot as kids...I had a great time playing table hockey with his son (sorry, the name escapes me) and my sister Kathy entertained the daughter...
J.Kowalski - October 20, 2012 - Report this comment
Had a henrys on south main here in Fond du Lac Wi.The burgers were very good but the shakes left much to be desired
Mark M - October 30, 2012 - Report this comment
When I was growing up in Des Moines, IA, we had a Henry's near our own Riverview Park. It was located on the 2800 block of 6th Avenue across from Gino's restaurant. It was very popular with us kids as it was a much cheaper alternative to the food at Riverview. I looked the former location up on Google maps, and it appears the old building has been torn down and there is a car wash on the premises. Henry's was one of the first places I remember buying my own food without my mom there, so I felt a lot of independence.
K. Warner - November 04, 2012 - Report this comment
At 15 years of age I worked at the Henry's Madison and Kedzie location on Chicago's west side. I only worked Sunday afternoons and some Saturday nights. As an employee I earned $1.00 per hour and could eat as much as I wanted during my shift. It was very enjoyable.
Tina - December 26, 2012 - Report this comment
I lived about three blocks from the 79th and Cicero location...never new what McDonald's was until I was a teenager. I used to order this sandwich that was call a big Henry maybe it was a deep fried pat of some kind with lettuce the trimmings and that amazing sauce. I was this little girl and the lady behind the counter told me the sandwich was too big for me...but I ate every bite every time I went....to die for. Never realized it was a franchise thing thought it was just a local mom and pop shop.
Karl N. - January 03, 2013 - Report this comment
My first job was working for Henry Hamburgers in Waukegan, IL (corner of Washington & Wisconsin, there's a CVS there now). I made $1.15 an hour in 1972.
JOHN - February 01, 2013 - Report this comment
We had a Henry's six houses down in Finneytown (Cincinnati, Ohio) we went there for carryout at least once a week. It was close to Winton and Galbraith Roads close to where there is a Wendy's today. We were heartbroken when they closed. They had better food than anything you can buy today. We also never realized it was a chain. Just seemed like a nice little locally owned restaurant. R.I.P. Henry's.
Bill - February 16, 2013 - Report this comment
the rumor at the time was that O'Henrys used 1/2 beef and 1/2 horse meat for the burgers. I don't know if that was true or not. Either way they were the best fast food burgers.
carol heisner - February 17, 2013 - Report this comment
Boy do i miss them i wish one day i can bring them back to niagara fall ny i tell my kids storys about henerys all time they were way better then anyone now
CAROL HEISNER - February 17, 2013 - Report this comment
I can remember best food in town, my mom took us there two times a week 2 eat there then go to star lite movies, boy those were the good ol days, how can I buy into this and bring it back? Please e-mail me if i can @s.karbowski@yahoo.com thank you
Gerald Givens - February 19, 2013 - Report this comment
We used to walk throught the Alley to Henry`s on 79th and Cicero as a kid. It Had Great Food. Later Years go to Bridgeview and eat at Henry`s Theer I was told it is still open and running strong. I eat at lunchtime ,breakfast, and dinner when working the area Factory`s.
John M - March 10, 2013 - Report this comment
I looked through the comments and have not read anyone mention 95th and Jeffrey, Chicago I worked there 70,71& 72. Lots of fond memories! That secret sauce recipe is still a secret with me! I can validate the $1.15 per hour wage,and of course I got a raise over the years.
Tom Z - March 15, 2013 - Report this comment
I worked at Henry's in Washington Street in Waukegan, Ill. when I was 16. @$0.90/hr The sauce isn't a secret as it is on the internet.Google Henry's Hamburger Sauce Recipe. Food was great and I ate it every day I worked there...we kept the place very clean and all the unfrozen food was very fresh. We offered a lot more than just burgers too. IMHO you just can't get fast food like that anymore.
Mark Spangler - March 28, 2013 - Report this comment
Ah, the memories. As a little tyke growing up in Eagle Grove, Iowa in the 60's, a trip to the "big city" of Ft. Dodge about 15 miles away was a big event. They had all sorts of shopping, although we rarely got past the Crossroads Mall (when it was still an open-air mall). Best-of-all, there was a Henry's Hamburger's joint on the lot across from the Combs building. We only ate there a few times, but man, what a great treat. To me, the huge signs were like going to Vegas! And the burges were as greasy as you'd expect... and the aroma! If I ever get to Benton Harbor, I'm going to make a b-line for Henry's!
Kevin Johnston - April 03, 2013 - Report this comment
I also remember the Binghamton, NY location. The first time I ever had fast food was when my uncle (R.I.P.) and my dad went there to get food for both families and let me ride there with them. I had to be 4, maybe 5 years old.
Mike Demler - April 06, 2013 - Report this comment
The Henry's I knew, on Grant & Forest in Buffalo, NY, was not just take out. It was just like McDonalds, with tables to eat inside. I took my family there when I got my very first paper route money!
Greyzoned - June 06, 2013 - Report this comment
I loved Henry's! We used to eat at the one on Military Rd in Niagara Falls. We always ate in the car and I don't remember tables though surely there were a few. What great memories! I also remember the Grand Opening of McDonalds (at Military & Pine): my Dad took me down there for the big event and I remember him putting me on his shoulders so I could see "Ronald McDonald". We still always went to Henry's though! How many times I wish I could turn the clock back to those days!!
Jerry k - June 16, 2013 - Report this comment
used to take kid to Henry'S on Union Rd.& Genesse St in Cheektowaga N.Y for .15 hambergers & fries as a treat many times.There is a BURGER King in that area now,but Henry's was the best !!!!!!!!
l.b. - November 01, 2013 - Report this comment
yes..military road in niagara falls...when the skating rink was there...and the drive inn was across the street
geeky - November 30, 2013 - Report this comment
mcdonalds did not invent fast food henrys did I remember eating at one in Illinois(I think in the early 80s?) white castle invented fast food all mcdonalds did was make it what it is today
ALICE COMBS - January 03, 2014 - Report this comment
IN THE 1972 YEARS HENRYS WAS AT 2285 MAIN STREET.MY 2 GIRLS HAD LUNCH THERE.KIDS CAME HOME FOR LUNCH BACK THEN.THANK GOD THEY WERE THERE I WORKED DAYS BACK THEN.
Paul D. Ryba - January 05, 2014 - Report this comment
My first job (aside from my paper route) was at Henry's on Milwaukee Ave. In Niles Ill. I remember mopping the floors to The Beatles "Hard Days Night" They served shrimp baskets, Italian Roast Beef, fried chicken and many of the dishes you don't see now a days.I also remember the owner lamenting MacDonalds being built kitty corner to us.He said they would probably put us out of business and sure enough, they did.
pegasus - January 26, 2014 - Report this comment
My family moved to the Town of Tonawanda in 1956, and I remember the opening of Henry's Hamburgers on Niagara Falls Blvd. It was at the spot where the Boulevard Mall is now and the bowling alley was very close to it - the Green Stamp Redemption Store was across the street. I remember the 15 cent burgers but I also remember the promotions where you could get the burgers for 5 cents! I was in the 2nd graduating class at Kenmore East High School - not that far away from Henry's on Brighton Road.
david schofield - April 14, 2014 - Report this comment
I remember the Henry's in Waukegan by Washington and Lewis avenues. My wife of 49 years and I used to eat there a lot when we were dating. Good burgers. Where has the time gone? We married in 1965 and moved to Buffalo Grove Il and found the next town over had a Henry's too on Rt.83 and Dundee Rd.
Terry - May 07, 2014 - Report this comment
I remember 10c hamburger (regular price 15c) sales at the Henry's on SW 9th (across from Lincoln High School) in Des Moines. Great street in those days with Reed's Ice Cream not far away where Pasaneo's Pizza is now.
Mandy - May 29, 2014 - Report this comment
Did they have tacos that were really greasy back in the day?
Dan - July 02, 2014 - Report this comment
We had a Henry's Hamburgers in San Jose, Ca. It was on Story Rd. I used to love their burgers as a kid.
Gary Groat - August 11, 2014 - Report this comment
Looking for a photo of the Lucky G Drive Inn in Ames, Iowa. We spent lots of time there and at Carl's Drive Inn before Henry's ever arrived. Like to find photos of both for the historical group..
Steve - September 08, 2014 - Report this comment
Rochester, Minnesota - late 1960s. There was a Henry's in NW Rochester, near Mr. Pizza and near where I had my first job at Custom Printing. On payday we would dash down to Henry's at lunchtime and get a Hi-Boy, sort of like a proto-Big Mac. Henry's was also where we ended up on Saturday night after cruising up and down Broadway looking for girls in cars! There was also a Robbie's nearby that had terrible burgers and went out of business very quickly. The manager at Henry's used to tell us to flush the toilet really well if we used the bathroom because "it had to get all the way over to Robbies"!

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