Food of the Seventies, The Red Barn

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I haven't seen any of these restaurants since the late '70's. Great hamburgers and the like. Commercial slogan was "You get a whole lot more than you're hungering for at the Red Barn."
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Karen - September 15, 2007 - Report this comment
I remember The Red Barn restaurant in Ottawa, Ontario. There was Hamburger hungry, Chicken hunry and Fish hungrey. And I remember part of their theme song - "When the hungeries hit, when the huneries hit...hit The Red Barn!" :)
Janet - January 02, 2010 - Report this comment
I worked at the Red Barn in the mid-seventies. In fact my Father was the original owner of the 3 locations in Ottawa - Merivale Rd.,Carling Ave. & Bank at St.Laurant Blvd. The food in my opinion was superior to McDonald's but they had a better advertising budget. So you see, advertising works! My father sold the franchises and not too long after that the Restaurants closed.
BeauxArtabazon - January 20, 2010 - Report this comment
My family loved the Red Barn when I was a kid in Cleveland in the seventies. The one On Harvard across from Gaylords in the Slavic Village where we lived was the one we went to most. Their sandwich called The Big Barney was cool, because that was my nickname as a kid. Their chicken was the big deal from what I remember. They had a "Chicken Snack" which was a box with like one piece, fries, slaw, and a roll. Just right for a kid! My family was especially fond of the chicken. My Aunt Rita LOVED The Red Barn chicken too, and we had to take her there every time we visited her. That was the one in Ashtabula, Ohio. I remember another one on the west side of Cleveland not far from the zoo. That one had a little playground. There was one on Miles Avenue, and I remember stopping there with Ma after doctor's appointments. It was our special place to go. I remember our Red Barn lunch having a serious tone after the doctor's once when Ma had to break the news to me that I had to have my tonsils and adenoids removed. When my family moved to Richmond, VA in 1977, we were all disappointed there were no Red Barns. When we went back to Ohio to visit, we always had to go to the Red Barn. Even after I stopped eating meat, I had to go for fries and slaw. The Red Barn had the best cole slaw in the world! Whenever I make slaw I am trying to duplicate their recipe. We were very sad when we returned to Cleveland and found all the Red Barns had closed. In my opinion it was better than the other fast food places, and they had burgers and chicken all under one roof.
Jenna - January 24, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved the Chicken Snack at Red Barn in Casper Wyoming! We had three Red Barns that changed in the 1980s to a local chain called Peaches. They kept the menu kind of the same but they got rid of the chicken in the late 80s I think. They had good mashed potatoes there. Peaches restaurants were still there as of 2002 but I don't know about now because I've lived in Denver since then. They did have great beer batter onion rings and THE BEST ranch dressing I've ever tasted.
mike - December 11, 2012 - Report this comment
that red barn chicken was sure much better than kentucky by far
mo - April 09, 2013 - Report this comment
my cousin's and i would ride our bikes to the local red barn in the 70's and i'm now 52 y.o. and still long for the taste of that awsome hamburger and fries. i wish they were still around!!! i'm sitting here now longing for the taste long gone :(
ralph - July 04, 2013 - Report this comment
For fast food of the era, Red Barn was the best in Ottawa beyond a doubt. A&W dive-in's of the day were a close second.
Terry and The Pirates - July 06, 2013 - Report this comment
As a kid in Ottawa in the 70s, I remember going to the one near Lincoln Fields with my parents and big bro. My brother got a Gasoline Alley drinking glass and I got a Terry and The Pirates glass. Great childhood memories. Many times when I return to Ottawa, I picture the Red Barn in that area and get a great feeling:)
Chris - April 13, 2014 - Report this comment
I truly miss the Red Barn; my girlfriend complains I talk about it way too much. Where I grew up in Ottawa it was years ahead of the competition with a salad bar; the best chicken and fries and burgers too. I would eat there quite often partly because the Red Barn sponsored a baseball team (Mickey Mantle league) my dad coached. Every game they won entitled each player to a free burger meal. They did not lose a game for three years straight! Maybe the food was a good incentive? After they all closed down I recall one of the few outlets not repurposed was eventually torn down after it's basement became a grisly crime scene/hideout for a couple of violent thieves. One turned on the other murdering him and tried to make a getaway but was quickly caught.
Mark - April 16, 2014 - Report this comment
Some of the best times I had was working at the red barn, with people like bubba, ingred, Emma, and Jim Toth, the manager. The red barn on Harvard ave, cleveland, oh. Was the best
bob dack - October 12, 2014 - Report this comment
What a filling place.great food and lots of it too.vheap too.
wallace fraley - January 18, 2015 - Report this comment
i worked for red barn from 1961 to 1969 after two strokes in my early years due to stress i had to move on.i started in dayton,ohio then opened one in washinhton c.h. ohio and ran that one and the xenia one at the same time that was a lot of stress,i trained several of the franchisors i remember the owner of the casper wymoing store and was offered a job as supervisor for that area by the franchisor. i left red barn in cleveland.
Steve Pope - April 25, 2015 - Report this comment
Red Barn were in Oakleigh South in Melbourne Australia They had the best hot dogs ever there. I think they closed in 1972?
Tresa casto - May 17, 2015 - Report this comment
Jenna, I'm from Cleveland and moved to Lynchburg in 1973 as you kinda did the same. I remember the red barn and possibly Gaylords where my mother shopped. We need some of those rest. Again.
Diana - September 08, 2015 - Report this comment
I worked at the Harvard location from 1978-1980. Miss the food and people I worked with there. I keep in touch with Joyce and Dave.
Barbara - October 30, 2015 - Report this comment
I used to go to the Red Barn all the time. It was at the corner of Keele & Wilson in Toronto, rumors of horse meat hit the news and before we knew it they were gone and in came McDonalds
Dave - July 22, 2016 - Report this comment
Hi Barbara, What year did you go to the Red Barn at Keele and Wilson. I worked there 1969, while I was at Downsview SS.
Katherine - February 16, 2017 - Report this comment
Red Barn on Dundas Street right beside Western Fair Grounds, London, Ontario. Loved the barnbuster. I would eat one of those over a big mac if they were still around.
Tracy - June 18, 2018 - Report this comment
I remember the Red Barn at Keele and Wilson! I was extremely young when it shut down but I still remember going there. I went to Downsview SS as well but I was born in 1969.

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