Food of the Seventies, Wetson's

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a fast food chain of restaurants back in the 70's that had a great burger and milk shake.
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    This is a breif history of the Wetson's chain. It Preceeded McDonalds in the Greater NY area. Bought out by Nathan's in 1975.

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josh - March 31, 2009 - Report this comment
i used to go with my parents ...i was a kid and would dip my salty fries into my chocolate shake,...what a delicious combination...early 60'2, bayside, new york
phil - April 05, 2009 - Report this comment
They peeled their own potatoes and made french fries in each store. I remember the shakes but after 40 years maybe its time to by the name and bring it back like nedicks.
Chuck - June 21, 2009 - Report this comment
My parents used to take us to Wetson's on Forest Ave. in Staten Island, NY. There was also another one on Richmond Ave., next to Pathmark.
Bearrr - August 03, 2009 - Report this comment
My Dad would take us to Wetson's in my local town of Stamford CT, because it was cheaper than McDonald's. After our baseball games Dad and Mom would drive down to Wetson's and let us order whatever we wanted.
Chloe - August 16, 2009 - Report this comment
i remember that was the first place my parents took me to eat a burger NYC, Queens, Flushing on Northern Blvd. across the street was a Dunkin' Donuts , this i would say was around 1969 or was great and back then a real treat.
Paul - September 06, 2009 - Report this comment
On Long Island in the 60's we had a choice of Mcdonalds, Steer Inn, Rickys, Hubies, or Wetsons. We always chose Wetsons. It just tasted better.
modog - December 23, 2009 - Report this comment
does anyone remember a wetson on nassau rd in roosevelt,ny 11575
dave - April 12, 2010 - Report this comment
Ohhhhhh, were those soooo good! We had one in Lawrence, on Rockaway Blvd. They also had great chicken!
Nancy - April 21, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember going with my Grandparents to the Wetson's on Sunrise Highway in Bay Shore. There were no tables inside, so we always ate outside or in the car. Loved the chocolate shakes.
Wes - July 04, 2010 - Report this comment
I havent heard anyone mention the Wetson on Hempstead tpk Franklin Square NY across from Woolworth and the Franklin Movie Theater ate there many times as a kid late 60s
Dee - July 30, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved Wetsons. I thought it was better than McDonalds. Like someone else said, as a kid if I had a choice I always chose Wetsons.
Gerald - August 22, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember Wetsons in the 70's over on Tillotson Aveune, near Co-op City in The Bronx, across from I-95. When I was about 7 years old, My father used to bring me there to eat often. Then it turned into a Nathan's, and also after that it became Mangia's.
Don - September 11, 2010 - Report this comment
I used to bike over to the Franklin Square store with my friends from Stewart Manor -- the back way, not New Hyde Park Road. With 75 cents in your pocket you ate like a king. It's been more than 40 years and I've still never had a better french fry.
Greg - September 17, 2010 - Report this comment
I have fond memories of Wetsons on Woodhaven Boulevard & 63rd drive in Rego Park Queens. My grandmother would bring me there and it'd be a very special treat. I cherish those memories of my grandmother and Wetsons! This was in the early seventies --i believe 1972 ... Great burgers!!!!
Cat - October 04, 2010 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember the great Wetsons in Commack? It was on Jericho Turnpike opposite the Mayfair shopping center. My mother used to take us there after we went to the library that was in a small ranch house across the street. It was such a treat!
Mitch - October 04, 2010 - Report this comment
WWTSONS circa "75" on Sunrise Highway, Bayshore I think..I forgot about the Vanilla shakes until mentioned here..I can still taste the fries...ANd the smell, heavenly. Is it still around in other states??
Jay Elias - October 06, 2010 - Report this comment
My Wetson's was at Utica Avenue and Farragut road. It was close enough to my house on E 48th street that I could walk there which I did often.
Marty - October 10, 2010 - Report this comment
Does anybody know where I can find the Wetson's TV commercial?
Rich Vee - October 28, 2010 - Report this comment
Iused to work at the one in Bay Shore. There were two of them. One across from the south shore mall and one on the westbound side of Sunrise Hwy at Pine Drive. I still have my tie clip.
Warren - January 08, 2011 - Report this comment
My elderly grandmother used to live directly behind the Wetsons on Sunrise Hwy. Bay Shore . She would call and order a plain juicy rare burger. They would deliver it to her door and she would tip the guy with a piece of doublemint gum , or a cigarette . Still remember those free burger days when I was a kid .
Diane - March 25, 2011 - Report this comment
Going to Wetsons was in a treat for us. We went to the one on Sunrise Hwy Lynbrook,Valley Stream border. Parked under the trees in my dads station wagon under the trees.
Wetson's - May 21, 2011 - Report this comment
After 40 years, by popular demand, Wetson's is coming back!!!! Website to follow......
Lou - June 08, 2011 - Report this comment
Hawkins Ave & Jerico Turnpike in Centerach/Lake Grove...Awesome burgers.....
Bill - June 20, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember my aunt would take us to Weston's. This one, I believe, was in Prospect Park in Brooklyn. This was around 1970.
Rich N - January 26, 2012 - Report this comment
There was one on Queens Blvd at Woodhaven Blvd... adjacent to the old St. John's Hospital
anthony - February 12, 2012 - Report this comment
bay parkway in brooklyn i remember them being like white castles but round and giving away hot wheels or hot wheel like cars away with the meal
Joe - April 26, 2012 - Report this comment
I remember a Westons on Northern Blvd about 194 St. I do not remember the one on 147 st & Northern Blvd (across from Dunkin Donuts). Anyone else remember this location?
jackye - May 09, 2012 - Report this comment
i remember wetson's on sunrise hway in valley stream. it was always a special treat when my mother would take us there.they went on to open up the wetson's super burger right down the block. i never liked it as much as the original.miss the old days
Lisa - May 27, 2012 - Report this comment
I rememer the Wetsons on Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park, Queens and others in the surrounding areas.I was just 6 yrs. old. Just today, I mentioned Wetsons to my parents, and neither one of them remember it, they lived in Queens all their lives. I said to them "you don't remember me in the backseat of the car pestering you to take me to Westons? I remember the last time we went, they told me, this is the last time we will ever eat at Wetson's b/c it's turning into the name McDonald's. I'm not sure which ones changed to McD's, but I do know some of them in Queens did. I was disappointed b/c I didn't know what McD's would be like.
Jay - June 17, 2012 - Report this comment
I remember the Wetson's at the bottom of Colonial Hill in Stamford, Connecticut in the late 60's - early 70's. I have a distinct memory for 40 years of ordering a burger and fries with a shake and the Stone's tune "Wild Horses" playing on the speakers inside. Thanks for giving me a place to share this.
Linda - July 09, 2012 - Report this comment
I lived in an apartment building on the corner of 147 St and Northern Blvd, Flushing. I clearly remember the Wetson's on the southwest corner.
Barry - October 05, 2012 - Report this comment
I remeber the Wetson's on Rt. 35 in Middletown, NJ. There were go-go cages! Their fries kicked everyone else's butt.
Bob - November 16, 2012 - Report this comment
Someone on another group mantioned a Wetsons in Little Neck, but I don't ever remember one being there. I remember the one on Northern Blvd to the east on the hill in Port Washington, and I remember the one to the west on Northern Blvd in Flushing. Does anyone here remember one in Little Neck?
mnir130 - November 24, 2012 - Report this comment
The Wetson's I went to was on Northern Blvd. between Searingtown Road/Port Washington Blvd and the Roslyn Overpass. I liked Wetsons better then McDonalds, but the big problem with Wetsons was they had no dining area. People like eatin dining and not having ketchup, pickels, and milkshakes spilled all over the car interior.
Ed M. - December 30, 2012 - Report this comment
The Wetson I went to when I was a kid was in West Hempstead LI next to the LIRR train station and across from the IHOP and WhiteCastle. and the old Klines then Korvettes stores
Lewis Fishman - January 13, 2013 - Report this comment
Hey, how about NJ? We had Wetson's too--mine was in Brick (Brick Town). In the mid 60's, that's where I got my first taste of orange drink. Their burgers were awesome, too!
joe - January 19, 2013 - Report this comment
there used to be one in Astoria on 33st and astoria blvd. it is a burger king now.
Dennis - January 24, 2013 - Report this comment
There was a Wetsons on Sunrise Highway going out to the Hamptons in the 70's. Sunrise was a two lane road back then.
Andrew Robertson - February 11, 2013 - Report this comment
There was one on Queens Blvd just by Roosevelt Ave and the EL, and across from the Stevens dpeartment store and Strauss Auto Store. Late 60's early 70's. I used to love them. I think they were flame broiled.
verajay - March 29, 2013 - Report this comment
i hung out with my friends at the one near prospect park at linden blvd.
Vince - June 02, 2013 - Report this comment
My Wetsons was on Flatlands Ave in Brooklyn as a kid I remember my father taking me there after I usually got a haircut house that used to be across the street(75 cents for the cut!) anyway I distinctly remember the orange drink & of course the fries! Come back Wetsons!!!
Jerry - June 14, 2013 - June 14, 2013 - Report this comment
I remember Wetson's Hamburgers like it was just yesterday. I used to cut out coupons from the PennySaver that advertised '5 Hamburgers for .59 cents'and give them to my parents for our Friday night dinner. That was back in 1966 or 1967. The Wetson's we went to was on Sunrise Hwy. in Bay Shore, which is now a Sprint store. What a wonderful memory of a short lived but great American fast food establishment!
CJ - July 08, 2013 - Report this comment
One of the last remaining Wetson's buildings still exist in Rosedale, NY on Sunrise Hwy (NY27) on the Queens/Nassau (Valley Stream) border, as mentioned in a previous comment. The building had the orange circles removed, and is currently 'covered' with other signs, as is now a 'Cellular Phone' store - but the 'base' is still recognizeable. For a long time, a former Wetson's located in Hicksville was re-used as a popular used record store named Titus Oaks, but was demolished some years ago and the location is now a Dunkin' Donuts
Nick - November 03, 2013 - Report this comment
There was a Wetson's in Ozone Park, Queens, NY on this little 'island' at the intersection of Crossbay/Woodhaven Blvd and Rockaway Blvd. It was across the street from the Crossbay movie theater. Good food and good memories.
Nick - November 03, 2013 - Report this comment
Can't believe I found this picture. The Wetson's used to be where the Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin Robins is in the pic. Change the X's to t's. hXXp://
John W. - November 05, 2013 - Report this comment
I lived right across from the only Wetson's I have seen,located on Teaneck Road in Teaneck, NJ in the early 70's. The place was always busy with customers, especially on weekends. Young people dressed very well then, and borrowed their parents cars as they would stop at Wetson's on their way to or from home to socialize. I still remember the "Wetson's" sign.
tom - December 02, 2013 - Report this comment
Wetsons on forest ave on staten island had a 10 cent hamburger promo one time and i remember we went and filled up on hamburgers-what a great place back in the late 60's
Jeff W.. - January 06, 2014 - Report this comment
My Mom said when I was like 3 or 4 in 1984, I had a real bad attack of diahrrea at a Wetson's Restaurant in Queens, New York City, But the Wikipeida Article on Wetsons , it says Wetsons existed until 1975, I remember it now, there was dookie everywhere in the bathroom after that Diarrhera attack, my mom cleaned it up because she felt embarassed.. I wish Wetson's was still around in 2014.. Accidents happen to all of us in life, My mom loved Wetson's..
Mike M. - January 28, 2014 - Report this comment
We used to go to one on Old Country Road at Levittown Parkway. I was with a group that marched in parades, and we would stop there after the parade. I will never forget the expression on their faces when we would pull up and order 100 burgers, 50 fries and 50 shakes! LOL they loved it.
Kealy - April 17, 2014 - Report this comment
I use to go to Weston when I was a kid by self since I lived right around the block on Morrison ave. I was about 12 when I had those Weston fries, so good! Then Weston on forest was right across from McDonald playground. The fist taste of fast food was great.
PM7 - April 23, 2014 - Report this comment
I loved Wetson's food yes. And also that it was my very first place of Employment. It is just too bad they had dirty little secrets regarding the Management in certain B'klyn locations, Don't worry it had nothing to do with the food. Let's just say it was the change of times for women in the work industry.
Bobby - May 14, 2014 - Report this comment
We went to The Wetson's on Jamaica Ave in Bellerose. It is now a Roosevelt savings bank. It was better than Mc Donald's.
Joel - June 20, 2014 - Report this comment
I remember going to the Weston's on sunrise highway in Lynbrook near Greis park with my parents. I loved getting their french fries and chocolate shakes
p.kochiss - July 08, 2014 - Report this comment
There was a Wtson's on the corner of Main St & Congress St in Bridgeport CT
Aileen - July 16, 2014 - Report this comment
I worked at the Wetson's on Richmond Ave. by Shoprite and the Mall. Shoprite bought it out. I remember all the Con Ed workers coming in for breakfast. One guy wanted an over light egg on a roll. Close the roll but don't break the yolk. Impossible...I told him. Got yelled at every time. :-)
hank - August 12, 2014 - Report this comment
I have fond memories of going to the one in lawrence burnside ave I think my parents where divorced so this was the go to with my father
Mike - August 25, 2014 - Report this comment
247th and Northern in Little Neck, before McD?
Thomas Garrett - October 14, 2014 - Report this comment
I remember the wetsons on old country rd. Levitown parkway mom would take me and sister from duch lane school in the mid 70s for lunch some times.
richard brown - November 08, 2014 - Report this comment
There was a Wetsons on Northern Blvd in Little Neck. It was there at the same time as a McDonalds a few blocks away. I was at JHS 67 Louis Pasteur at the time and we would walk to Northern blvd for lunch. We would choose between the 2, most of the time Mickey D because it was closer at Marathon Pkwy. McDonalds is still there!
Mike - November 09, 2014 - Report this comment
Please be more specific regarding the address of the store in Little Neck. Lived on LNP off Northern for 30 yrs., been away 20. Thanks
Robert - January 18, 2015 - Report this comment
I remember a Weston's in glen cove ny a place were a family of 6 could eat for 6 bucks .i believe the biggest hamburger was called the big w .Good stufff
Keith - March 04, 2015 - Report this comment
As a kid growing up in Long Island and North Jersey, Wetsons was a favorite place. Food was always the same..... Good cheeseburgers and great shakes and fries!
Peter - March 30, 2015 - Report this comment
Used to frequent the one on Northern Blvd. in Roslyn on L.I. Liked their food better than Micky D's. Also remember they were regular donors on Jerry Lewis' MD marathon while they were in business.
David - June 13, 2015 - Report this comment
I remember the Wetson's on Richmond Avenue in Staten Island next to Pathmark. Moved to S.I. in 1973. Before or after pping mom or dad would take me and my brother there for hamburgers. No McDonald's close by yet. Always crowded. Tasted good. Family members started Dallas BBQ.
Chris1963 - June 21, 2015 - Report this comment
I remember the wetsons in Glen Cove.Ny. It sat between the Town movie theater and the Cove movie theater during the 1960's and early 1970's wetsons was a great place to eat when I was a kid growing up. Now in its location is a Mcdonalds. T The 60's and 1970's were the best years ever.
verajay - July 02, 2015 - Report this comment
as a teen in brooklyn, i use to go to wetsons on empire blvd near prospect park. i loved their burgers and fries. i wish they were back!and i loved their orange decor too!
dennis sharkey - July 16, 2015 - Report this comment
worked at the wetsons in jersey city . really fun, and the food was good.
teddy b - July 19, 2015 - Report this comment
We had a wetsons on flushing ave in Maspeth ny, a hamburger and fries dipped in their shakes ,, the best
sue - July 21, 2015 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember a Wetsons on Jericho turnpike snd Edgewood Ave in Smithtown in 1972?
Brian W - August 07, 2015 - Report this comment
The one in Lodi, NJ was the one we always went to. Best shakes.
richie c - September 12, 2015 - Report this comment
we had one in Stratford, ct. on main st. also boston ave. bpt.
chippy - October 26, 2015 - Report this comment
does anyone remember the wetsons on 86 st off gelston ave in brooklyn early 70 great memories fast cars and bikes non stop fun i would like to hear from you
Brad - February 29, 2016 - Report this comment
In response to sue's comment: we passed through that intersection a lot in 1972, and I'm pretty certain that there wasn't a Wetson's there then. The only one I remember was farther west on Jericho Turnpike, and it became a McDonald's around 1969. (The Dunkin Donuts at that intersection, though, is still there, and I remember it all too well; more than once, I got violently ill right after eating there!)
Paul - May 07, 2016 - Report this comment
My father (Andy) used to drag race near the Wetson's in the early 60's on the Lynbrook/VS border. My mom would be waiting outside of Wetson's watching my father win
dan - June 08, 2016 - Report this comment
I worked at the new Wetsons on highway 70 in Brick Township in 64-65. I was one of the first hires for that one. It was brand new. I also worked at the Family Circle department store behind Wetsons. From what I see on Google maps, the buildings are gone with nothing but a concrete slab remaining.
fran connell - August 31, 2016 - Report this comment
i worked window made the french fries from REAL potatoes from scratch disasemled shake mach 65,66 vs store which i think was orginal
frank connell - November 08, 2016 - Report this comment
I worked wetsons vs had a crush on Ilaine wetenson but totaly out of my leage made 600lbs ff on a sat i cleaned the fryers and that great shake mach 65 66
Tony colletti - December 16, 2016 - Report this comment
There was one on castle hill ave and brick ear the Bronx in the early seventies.that was our gathering spot anyone remember from the neighborhood?
Mike Henry - March 26, 2017 - Report this comment
I worked at the Wetsons on Hylan Blvd.Staten Island for 1 year and worked with Frank Maddaloni who later became EARL SLICK the guitarist with David Bowie for over 20 years. Great memories and the best fries, Double Cheesburges and Fried Chicken
Rick - June 08, 2017 - Report this comment
My cousin and I would go to the bay shore wetsons for lunch and then hang out at the south shore mall when it was still "open air".wetsons is gone and they enclosed the mall...oh well!
Rick L - August 20, 2017 - Report this comment
My parents first house was on Primrose Lane in Levittown. We went to Wetson's often, it was great! It had to be in the early 60's. Loved the fry's.
Burner - September 18, 2017 - Report this comment
I worked at the Wetson's in Stamford CT in 1964. I ended up smelling like grease at the end of every shift. It was quite an experience working there and I remember the fresh cut french fries. Boy am I old now.
kevin kenney - October 09, 2017 - Report this comment
Went to Wetsons on Hylan Blvd. Staten Island with 2 teen age buddies-Anthony and Anthony-lived in Rosebank Staten Island where everyone was named Anthony. Three burgers fries and a shake and that was just one order.
Janice - December 25, 2017 - Report this comment
I attended Our Saviour Lutheran School on Woodhaven Blvd. in Queens. It was ultra-cool as a 7th or 8th Grader to be allowed off school grounds at lunch to walk a few blocks to Wetson's with my girlfriends Jamie Campbell and Carol Fernandez. I seem to remember in 1968 2 cheeseburgers, fries and a soda came to $2.19
Josie - July 01, 2018 - Report this comment
Wetsons was delicious. I went to the one on Northern Blvd and 147th st. There was a Dunkin Donuts across the street and my mom worked at DD. Does anyone else remember Golden Arches on top of the building? I am not talking about Mc Donald's. Maybe a golden W on top? Anyway Wetsons was a treat. The burgers and chocolate shakes... ahh, my mouth is watering!!
Patrick - August 19, 2018 - Report this comment
Am I the only one who remenbers Wetsons on Boston Road in the Bronx?
Ernie F - August 31, 2018 - Report this comment
There was a Wetsons on Empire Blvd and Utica Ave in Brooklyn, where Crown Heights ended and Flatbush began...It was across from a White Castle, and both eateries had their share of loyal customers..Westsons faded but White castle was still there as of 2014...Good burgers, big and juicy! Like my second wife!

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