BINGHAMTON FLASHBACK: Henry’s Hamburgers
Remember the days of 15 cent Hamburgers, those delicious 10 cent French Fries and Creamy Milkshakes.
Long before McDonalds, Burger King or Wendy’s arrived in the triple cities, we had the first of many fast food restaurants that set the foundation.
One of those was Henry’s hamburgers located on main street in Binghamton. My parents have told me that there was also another Henrys location in Endwell, although I don’t remember that one.
Most of the fast-food locations in the 1960’s has a window where you would walk up and place your order, later they would expand to have an enclosed area you would walk in and place your order.
I remember a few picnic tables outside that you could sit on, I don’t recall Henry’s ever getting any indoor seating.
Henrys Hamburgers was part of a fast-food chain named after one of the founders of the Bresler Ice Cream Company, Henry Bresler, in the Chicago area in the mid 1950’s.
Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s we didn’t go to fast food restaurants that much, in fact I think most families saw them as a rare treat.
My parents divorced when I was very young and my dad would often pick up us on the Sunday and many times, he would take us to get a Henry’s hamburger, french fries, and a vanilla milkshake.
I don’t remember when Henry’s finally closed, but like most early establishments, they were forced out by bigger chains like McDonalds, Burger King, and Wendy’s.
Today people eat fast food on a daily basis, and the family dining experience is scattered around the house in front of various screens.
I think back to those days and how excited we were, I can still see the little smiling hamburger on the marque as we pulled into the parking lot of Henry’s Hamburgers.
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