Monday, April 16, 2007

How It All Began ....

Welcome..... My interest in the former Biff-Burger drive-in began during my childhood when I frequently visited the Biff-Burger located in Hummels Wharf, Pennsylvania. Sadly, this location closed after 35 years of service and was torn down in 2001. As a tribute, I created and continue to manage a website to document and preserve the history of the former Biff-Burger chain (National Biff-Burger System), for all to enjoy and reminisce. Today, only two Biff-Burger locations still exist.... The 3939 49th Street North location in St. Petersburg, Florida which still uses the same name and has many of the original "classic" biff-burger architectural features. The second location, re-named to Beef-Burger during the 1980s, however is still referred to as biff-burger by the locals, is located at 1040 West Lee Street in Greensboro, North Carolina. Please feel free to share your experiences and stories of a former Biff-Burger location. C. Catherman Biff-Burger Fan and Historian

42 comments:

Rod Ice said...

Dear Biff-Burger,
Thanks for your insight and comment on my 'Biff' feature!

Regards, Rod / Thoughts At Large

Anonymous said...

At the Biff-Burger closest to me, the one in front of Plant High School in Tampa, a couple of times a year the franchise owner would bring in trampolines for its customers to jump on (for a small fee, of course). Definitely a personal injury attorney's dream come true these days. We'd fill ourselves up on fast food and jump up & down until we were sick!

maurice said...

I really enjoy visiting your site. What's weird, I can vividly remember my experiences going to the Biff Burger in Marion, Indiana. Always great memories.

I only wish the chain was revived. It would be a good investment.

JACKIE IN HOUSTON TEXAS said...

HI MY NAME IS JACKIE. I LIVE IN HOUSTON TEXAS AND AS A CHILD I LOVED BIFF BURGER. I'M 54 YEARS OLD AND I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE BIFF BURGER COME BACK TO HOUSTON, TEXAS. PLEASE SEE WHAT YOU CAN DO BY BRINGING IT BACK. I GRANT YOU, YOU COULD NOT GO WRONG BY BRINGING BIFF BURGER BACK TO HOUSTON. HOUSTON IS A BOOMING TOWN. IF YOU PUT BIFF BURGER BACK ON WESLYN BY WEST UNIVERSITY PLACE I GUARANTEE BIFF BURGER WOULD NOT GO UNDER. PLEASE BRING BIFF BURGER BACK TO HOUSTON, TEXAS THANK YOU

stan said...

PLEASE COME BACK TO MIDDLE GA! the building that is now at 49 and 41 hgy. never did open after being moved almost 35 years ago-i was told that the owner was told it had evil spirits. the place is mostly complete w/rotrobroild sign out front.even the menu is still up. i use to eat there when it was in warner robins.

Eric said...

It's so sad to hear the last Biff Burger store closed in PA. I remember my mom taking my brother and I there for lunch everytime we went shopping in Selinsgrove. They had THE BEST burgers! Bring back the BIFF, I mean, the SUPER BIFF WITH CHEESE!!!

Willa said...

I just went to the Biff-Burger in St. Pete yesterday. I ate TWO Biff Burgers with sauce. The waitresses seemed oblivious to the fact that there were people still pining for them and that there was some discussion on the web about it. The burgers were VERY close to the ones I remembered but the menu was huge and they have a huge breakfast menu as well with REAL breakfast. She told me what the sauce was but I really don't think she told me the whole truth...LOL! It is actually mostly ketchup based but still imparted whatever that "special" little twangy flavor is. The Jamaica dog is also still on the menu. Remember those with the shaved bun? It seems to be a hangout for car and bike enthusiasts. But it was worth the stop.. I will go back.. hey, it's only two hours away.

Ernie said...

My partner Frank and I found Biff-Burger In ST Pete, shortly after moving here from Mass. Both remembering the 50's, we immediately identified with the concept and food.
We try to bring all our visitors to experience Biffs. Our best friends Jim & Marcia, and both our brothers and their families insist on visiting Biffs when they are here fron New England. It's a treat to visit and enjoy Biffs every time.
Ernie C.
St Pete Fl

Al from Jersey said...

My wife and I passed the Biff Burger in Hummels Wharf, PA on a trip north to New York state in the mid-80's. We joked about the name on our trip, wondering who "Biff" was. On the way back south we decided to stop there just so we could say we ate at "Biff Burger." It was 2:30 in the afternoon, we had eaten lunch and it was too early for dinner. We decided to get just one burger with sauce and split it between us. We did -- and then we went back in and both got another whole burger each. The sauce was fantastic! It's sad that the PA location has closed.

Anonymous said...

Oh how well I remember going with my family to the Biff Burger on the Queensway in Toronto, Canada. We loved the burgers dipped in the sauce and how my Dad loved to order a "shake". It was a great family outing "sitting in the car" in those days (late 50's)eating a burger and shake. Could hardly wait until the next week we would be going back again as a "treat"
Wish they would bring them back again but sometimes memories are sweeter.
Lorna Toronto, Ontario Canada.

JohnnyO said...

My best memory of the Biff-Burger in Hixson (Chattanooga), Tennessee, was that, as a special reward for doing well on a test at school, I was allowed to get one of the Biff-Burger chopped weiner sandwiches (don't remember what they were named) which were slathered with their wonderful sauce! I've told a lot of people about Biff-Burger, and most of them think it's a figment of my imagination, but it's nice to know that the next time I'm in (or near) St. Pete, I can actually prove there is still such a place. Thanks for helping one of my fondest memories live again!

Tom from Carolina said...

What a wonderful discovery today over the net. My friends at work and I were sharing memories of the 1960's and fast food places. I brought up Biff Burger and we agreed they were the most unique, best tasting burgers we could remember. My Mom would take my sister and I to the one in Winston Salem, NC about once every week or two, usually on a Sunday after church... great memories. Thank you for all the work making these sites so we can look back and revive the memories. I can almost taste those burgers as I recall our visits. I plan on a road trip to Greensboro to Beef Burger to see if they still taste as I remember them, I'm lucky to be close to one of the two remaining restaurants! I will definitely be sharing my experience! Thanks again for the Biff Burger history and franchise story.

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! You mean a Biff Burger still exixts!!! I grew up in the small town of Gadsden, Alabama and ours closed down in the early/mid 80's. I remember the Biff Burger very well. Still the best tasting burger I've ever had.

Thanks to this website, luck is on my side. Only 2 left (Greensboro and St. Pete). I live in Charlotte, which is less than an hour from Greensboro and I visit Orlando once a year, which is also less than an hour from St. Pete. I'll let you know how it turned out. THANK YOU - THANK YOU - THANK YOU!!!

peacemakingirl said...

Our family ALWAYS stopped at one of the Biff-Burgers in Tampa on our way to my grandparents home in old Sun City during the mid to late 60s. The particular Biff-Burger we stopped at had the best deviled crab rolls ever! They were fabulous!

Riki said...

IN OUR SMALL TOWN OF PALATKA FL BIFF BURGER WAS THE ONLY "CHAIN" FAST FOOD PLACE I CAN REMEMBER AS A KID. IT WAS LOCATED IN THE PARKING LOT OF A SHOPPING PLAZA THAT CONTAINED A SKATING RINK AND A MOVIE THEATRE. EVEN SANTA CAME TO THE SEARS THERE EVERY YEAR. THIS WAS TRULY THE "CAPITOL" OF FUN IN OUR LITTLE TOWN.

Anonymous said...

We lived in Winston-Salem, NC and about once a week Mom would take my
Grandmother, sister and me to the Biff Burger on Corporation Parkway.
How we loved those delicious burgers
and eating on the concrete tables below the big metal umbrellas. I liked pickle relish on my burger and
remember fighting the yellow jackets
at the condiment counter to get at the relish. Oh what happy days those were! Thank you so very much for the great website!

Anonymous said...

I was lucky enough to frequent Biff Burger #1 located in the West Ashley area near Charleston, SC. Two things I recall as a small child then were the tater tots which had to be the first served by any fast food establishment and the small multicolor swirl "super ball" toys that were dispensed from a gumball type machine in the lobby. I have tried to find a picture of Biff Burger #1, but no one seems to recall it being there. Thanks to your website though, I have all the proof of its existance necessary, although a nostalgic photo would be nice to have. -Keith C. in Charleston.

the pawnbroker said...

date night was friday night in our little town of pahokee, fl on the shore of lake okeechobee...

my girl and i were 16 and would go to the local drive-in theater in nearby belle glade, then back to pahokee to hit the biff burger for a sack of fries to munch on as we made the circuit through "downtown", up to the levee overlooking the lake, and back again in a constant circle...

that was 1970, and we were married the following year at age 17, had two girls by age 20 and a boy ten years later...next week on december 18 we will celebrate our 37th anniversary, have four grandkids and a good life in sebring, fl only about sixty miles from pahokee.

pahokee is an agricultural town in western palm beach county, and the sugar cane business is dying off, and along with it pahokee and belle glade; the biff burger closed in pahokee long ago, and though the belle glade location lasted longer, it too is now history...and what a history it is to us...biff burger is one of our brightest and fondest memories and we will never forget it.

fran and terry curtiss, sebring, fl.

edg27407 said...

I moved to Greensboro, NC in 1971 and have been enjoying Biff/Beef Burgers several times a year ever since. I like to get one biff and one cheese burger with extra sauce. They are still wonderful. The Greensboro store always posted autographed posters/photos of various celebrities, wrestlers, sports people who appeared at the Greensboro Coliseum which was a short distance down High Point Road. Thanks for your great info

Anonymous said...

My uncle used to own the Biff Burger in Tallahassee, Fl. I remember when they had a price war with McDonald's after one of them raised the price of a hamburger from 15 to 18 cents.

Anonymous said...

Hello:

My name is Jim and my friends and I used to go to the Biff-Burger at the Junction, in Toronto, about 4 times per week. The food was great ( a Biff-Burger, fries and a shake ) and we would meet our friends there during the week. We all had cars, hot rods or customized, souped-up, 1954-1967 Fords, Chevy's, Dodge's, etc. It was a fantastic meeting place to show off our cars, meet and be with friends........ eat, talk and have fun for hours. Saturdays and Sundays we would spend hours there. Thank you Biff-Burger for all the great memories of our youth and happy times in the 50's and 60's!

Anonymous said...

the one in warner robins ga. was the best place for a burger. the old building was moved outside of byron and never reopened.it still there-most of it original including the sign.

Anonymous said...

bbdynomite
I will always remember the Biff on the Golden Strip in Hummels Wharf Pa. When I was a kid my girl frind lived near the Biff. We new we could have a good time there with our friends aslong as we had a dollar in our hand. You could get fries, biff and a drink. Plus site with friends. Then when I had children I even took them there. They loved it. Wish the place never closed.
Thank for the memories! Love the Web site, am telling everone about it.

Don Clements said...

I miss the Okeechobee Biff

Dave Karchner said...

My dad, Dave Karchner, owned the Biff in Hummels Wharf for a number of years. My brothers, sisters and I worked there all through high school and college. My dad used the income from the restaurant to help pay for our college educations. To this day I have never found a fast food meal better than the Super Cheese Dog smothered in the special sauce!

jjk said...

My father owned the Biff in Hummels Wharf PA (near Selinsgrove)from 1976-77 through 1987-88. My two older brothers and one older sister worked there in the late 70s. My younger brother and I worked there in the early 80s. Lot's of fun and great memories of the Biff and the great burgers. When I would work after school and be starving I would make a double decker Deluxe Biff with sauce (not on the menu). Hands down, the best tasting burgers ever. Big Mac didn't come close... I still remember the "Day Ladies", Helen, Nancy, Delores and Jane. They really taught you how to work! Constantly cleaning... Everyone had to put in some training with the "Day Ladies". Too bad it's a Kia dealership today...

Anonymous said...

I remember the Biff- Burger in Kingsport,TN with fondest of memories. The "Biff-Dog" was a segmented hotdog heated in their special suace and served on a hamburger bun with slaw placed in the middle. Oh to relive that time again. I still believe they were the first to have tater tots as a normal menu item. The Kingsport TN location also had a small fountain that as children we treated as a wishing well. I have just learned of a NC location for the Biff(Beef)- Burger and will post again after I visit To see if I may recapture a moment of my youth. Thanks for the very fondest of memories.
CaptnJack@gmail.com

Willa said...

I just went to the one in St. Pete Saturday. It is now kind of a biker hangout. I go there whenever I am in town. I just get the simple Biff Burger. They have tons of things on the menu now and they still have that jamaica dog with the crazy relish.

Anonymous said...

Courtesy of Google Steetview, here is the former Biff Burger building in Whitfield, Georgia than Stan was referring to in his post.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&q=Georgia+3+%26+Hwy+41,+Westside,+Whitfield,+Georgia+30755&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=31.23349,75.673828&ie=UTF8&cd=2&geocode=FWByEwIdhVPu-g&split=0&hq=&hnear=Georgia+3+%26+Hwy+41,+Westside,+Whitfield,+Georgia&ll=32.675217,-83.706894&spn=0.064734,0.1478&z=13&layer=c&cbll=32.67537,-83.706842&panoid=yOYpdTm0KZINa-icFACKSg&cbp=12,155,,0,5

Anonymous said...

we allways went to Biff Burger in toronto junction best burgers and shakes the fries ewere crinkle cut great sauce just lasting memories of happy days great food that you cant get now kids are missing out big time jack

Stuart said...

My wife and I love the Biff Burger in Pinellas Park, Fl. It was our date night when we were flat busted broke, we always had a great time with the wonderful people you met there, and as always the terrific food. Our family has been in Florida since before Statehood (an ancestor was the 1st Territorial Governor of Fl. after Gen. Jackson, Keith Call)A trip to Biff's has always been a part of pretty much every celebration in the family, unfortunately though we recently had to move to Ky for a job, but our home, and our hearts, are still there (along with everyone else in the family) in St. Pete, and Biff's, until we can come home again.

Thanks for the great memories!

Hal (RSAuto) said...

I feel bad for all those who don't live close enough to visit the Biff-Burger here in St Pete. It's doing quite well and we have such a great community of classic car owners that on Friday nights this place is a walk through automotive history.

There's some pretty wild bike nights too.

Jim said...

When I was growing up I lived just a couple of blocks from the Biff Burger Headquarters on Ulmerton Rd. in Largo, FL. I went to elementary, middle, and high school with the daughters of the man who started and ran the chain, Beth and Anna Lee Brane. I live in Tampa now, but I still make the trip across the bay to have a Biff on occasion. I had lunch there today !

Ed said...

Here's a bit of Biff Burger history for you. The year was 1964. To promote the upcoming Beatles concert in Toronto, the Biff Burger on the Queensway offered a Beatle Burger. Customers filled out a ballot to win 2 free tickets. Our family won the contest and our mother would not let my brother and I go because she thought we were too young and might get trampled by the hysteria that the Beatles were causing in North America.

Joyce said...

Joyce said,I remember BIFF BURGER in Belle Glade,Floride.that place was the hang out spot.It had the best burger in town,no one could not compete with them.My family and I wish it can be reopen again.We miss it so badly.Please bring it back to our town,the building still standing we just need the original Biff Burger food/sauce.WOW what great memories that we have.

Anonymous said...

When I was a kid I used to go to the Biff in the Warf and the one thing I do remember was the Deal you would get on food. Better food and better price. The craziest thing was me sitting on the chair watching the NASCAR race and "Biff Burger" popping into my head....finding this blog and all the memories.
Thank you "Biff Burger" ....I miss ya...but we have "Char-Grill" here in Raleigh NC and they are pretty good. I might have to make a run to Greensboro if
"Biff" is still open.....

Bill said...

Hi,
I can't tell you how pleased I was when someone from facebook posted about the Biff Burger website. I have craved a cheese biff since I was in elementary school, 45 years ago. We had a Biff Burger a block from my school in Gadsden, Alabama. Our school was so small, we didn't have a lunchroom for at least my 5th and 6th grade years. They used to just let us go out for lunch. Something that could never happen today. I would go to Biff Burger everyday. This was around 1965 and 66. They would run specials everyday and when I saw 2 Cheese Biffs Tater Tots for 99 cents, I would be a happy kid.Can't remember if the drink was included or not. I was and still am a picky eater and the Cheese Biff is the only thing I would eat. My favorite part was the sauce. I remember like it was yesterday, watching them take the burgers off the spinning grill and dipping the whole thing down in the pan of sauce. I wrote the recipe down and will try and make some, but I doubt it will be possible to live up to my memories. I just wanted to say thanks for bringing back all the good thoghts.

Bill Mincey

hardluck trucker said...

7:53PM 01/14/2012
I love your website and what you are doing to keep the memory of this old establishment alive. My family moved to Baton Rouge, La. in 1967 and about three blocks from our house was the Biff-Burger located at 3875 Plank Road (which is kind of funny because our house number was 3785). Of course, neither this building or the house that we lived in stands any longer.

A few months back a local DJ on 107.3 had as his "Fun Friday" segment, the opportunity to call in and talk about former attractions in Baton Rouge. My call was in reference to the Biff-Burger on Plank Road.

In 1967, at the young age of fourteen and without any way to make money, other than cutting yards, my funds were somewhat limited but from time to time I would find myself in front of the Biff-Burger, craving one of their delicious burgers.

To put things into perspective, at that time, a gallon of gas or a pack of cigarettes was nineteen cents. I remember Biff-Burger having two burgers, one for nineteen cents and one for twenty-nine cents. The more expensive one had the best sauce you could imagine and I loved it but so often I only had enough money for the cheaper one.

We moved away a few years later and I joined the Navy and when I came home, my beloved fast food restaurant was, no more. If I could have known that this place was going to close, I would have made one final trip.

Such a shame that progress left in its wake the destruction of such great establishment as Biff-Burger.

Thanks for what you are doing and thanks for allowing me to add my memories to your fine website.

Sincerely,
Rodney Halley
Baker, La.

Winifred St. Jay said...

One of my first memories of eating out was the Biff Burger at Westgate in Asheville NC. It was more of a counter with a window than a restaurant. And I remember the way the man would call them "boorgers

Anonymous said...

I worked at Al's Biff Burger in Evansville Indiana from 1965-68. Al is gone, but his ex-wife and co-owner is still alive in Scottsdale Az. I remember having to dismantle and clean those round grills in lye. What a hot job. Glad the place is remembered.

Anonymous said...

For the past 35 years, I have been writing my memoirs. Yesterday, while driving along The Queens Way in west Toronto, the name BIFF-BURGER popped into my head just as I passed its former location. I suddenly realized that BIFF-BURGER existed ten years before McDonalds came to this area. I will never forget the taste of their burgers and the uniqueness of how they were prepared.
Leo

wanda said...

Growing up I lived behind the Biff-Burger along the strip in Hummels Wharf,Pa so guess where I spent alot of my time? Yep at the good-ole Biff Burger..loved it!and I miss it dearly.I think it was like my second home.So many memories.