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1965 - Early Burger King (store #8) at 18240 S. Federal Highway (US1), Dade County

Dade County, Florida

Some Einsteins installed the BK sign in the parking lot totally blocking two spaces and hindering a third space. The sign was to be relocated to the two new poles on the left side. Note the nice invasive Melaleuca tree landscaping between the poles and the sign to be relocated. Phone number: CE5-4801.

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MaxfromMiami24-Dec-2013 13:03
There was one on Bird Rd that my mom used to take us to in 62' I remember those red aches.
Mjones thanks "The bigger the burger the better the burger the burgers are bigger at Burger King".
I haven't heard that jingle in 40 years, yet it came right back!! Too funny!
Guest 05-Mar-2013 05:06
Charlie Krebs wound up selling the Burger Castle company to my father very early on (not sure how many stores there were at the time, since I was only 9 years old). My father grew it and then rode it in to bankruptcy a few years later. Charlie was a really nice man as is his wife (very classy). I believe Charlie passed away this past year.
Guest 27-Jul-2012 17:13
mjones27-Feb-2011 18:32
I remember the sub shop Robert mentioned, behind the New England Oyster House. It was where I had my first sub as a child. I think but am not sure it moved across the street, Submarine King was the name then. Learned how to play ping pong at Perrine Park. Later on this Burger King had a trolley system like a bank teller with 3 drive through lanes. DIdn't last long. We loved BK so much I can still remember their jingles..."There's a Burger King close to you, try a whopper order two, best burger buy for miles around, broiled not fried, how's that sound?". "The bigger the burger the better the burger the burgers are bigger at Burger King". Rember 60 second service?, or was that Mcdonalds? Remember McD's had complimentary cokes in small paper cups? Then they started charging a nickle for it. In high school you could get a whopper, fry, and a coke for 99 cents, unless you went to the King of the Mall in Dadeland it was a buck and a nickle. Good times.
Guest 22-Feb-2011 02:06
This Burger King later on in the 70's had multiple drive thru windows where your food was delivered via overhead conveyor belt system. The lanes are still there.
Guest 25-Jan-2010 17:47
I'll bet some of you remember Andrew's Bakery, in Perrine, in the middle of the highway, where it split. Andrew's Bakery , had great baked goods. I used to get danish pastries there in the early 70's for breakfast, and they were excellent . A cup of good coffee, and I was set. Guest.
Guest 10-Dec-2009 03:07
Robert Burr: I stumbled across this posting and read (with interest and surprise) a conversation between you and my brother, Al. I am the aformentioned Carol Ogus--did we go to school together? Cutler Ridge Junior High perhaps or even earlier than that, Gulfstream Elementary School?
Debbie Erwin 01-Dec-2009 03:43
I remember walking the RR tracks behind this BK. Perrine was so small then. I grew up in what was "country" living
Don Boyd24-Jul-2009 04:52
I never saw a Burger King that did but I suppose somewhere in the country they may have done it unless it violated the BK franchisee agreement.

Bert 24-Jul-2009 01:48
Did they ever have car hops, waitresses whom came to your car to take you order?
Steve 09-Sep-2008 04:17
Charlie Krebs was the 1st Burger King franchisee in that 1st Burger King in Miami. He went on to open more Burger Kings and create Burger Castle in the Mid-West. He is 87 and doing fine in Fort Lauderdale.
Steve 09-Sep-2008 04:16
Charlie Krebs was the 1st Burger King franchisee in that 1st Burger King in Miami. He went on to open more Burger Kings and create Burger Castle in the Mid-West. He is 87 and doing fine in Fort Lauderdale.
Arizona Al 07-Mar-2008 16:07
Robert Burr: Yes, Carol Ogus (Woodruff) is my younger sister. She is alive and well and currently living in Greenville, North Carolina. Alan Ogus, Ph.D. Alive and well in Phoenix, Arizona
Guest Again 06-Feb-2008 18:31
What is great is that there is still a Burger King in the same spot and Midas (may recently have changed hands) is still in the same place.
Bill Williams 05-Feb-2008 21:55
I attended Perrine Elementary School across US 1 back in the 60's and most afternoons during PE you could find me at the back fence of the school smelling the flamed broiled burgers and wishing I could have one. I remember Coach Chaltis getting after me about goofing off at the fence. What memories.
Robert Burr 05-Feb-2008 20:18
We thought Burger king was the bomb when this place opened and wanted to eat there every day. Al, I wonder if my friend Carol Ogus was your younger sister, on the corner of Marlin Road. Went to Palmetto high school with Suzy McLamore. Went to the prom with Robin Norton and married her.

There was a great sub shop nearby, in the middle of US1, by the Oyster house. I remember the Royal Castle by Cutler Ridge Shopping Center and the donut place on Caribbean Drive. Also, that odd, rounded roof fast food place that didn't last long -- looked like two upside-down bowls across US1.
jaci 07-Jan-2008 00:38
i have to say wow again.. the buger king in perrine, went there alot,,the perrine park was across the us1 spent alot of time at the park summer programs n all and behind the park heading to my house was the peacock farm.. and right there on us1 was the perrine shopping center wow this is great!!!! thanks those were the days!!
Guest 06-Dec-2007 16:44
As an original Ridge Rat (1955-1964), both myself and fellow delinquents would often frequent this Burger King in Perrine during 1962-1964. Our other choice for burgers and drinks was the Royal Castle on South Dixie Highway across from the Cutler Ridge Shopping Center. I fondly recall that during this time period the Whopper was
$.39 and a Coke was $.10. The Whopper was significantly larger than the Royal Castle Burger which cost $.15. The Royal Castle Birch Beer was a bit bigger than the
Burgher King Coke and cost only $.05. My-o-My have times changed!!! Alan Ogus, Ph.D., Ridge Rat Emeritus, Alive and well in Phoenix, Arizona
Ray 15-Sep-2007 03:18
This was MY Burger King, having grown up in Perrine. I remember walking up, ordering at the window on the right, then taking our food into the 'dinning room' on the left. Screened in and NO air conditioning. Torture by today's standards. Kinda scary to think that I could have actually been in there as a 5 year old when this picture was taken.

This is just south of the US1 split in Perrine. Behind the BK was the railroad tracks, now a busway. Just south of this was an old pine building, a bar I think. It was empty when I was a kid, but I just knew it had to have some history. Anyone know the place I mean?

Years and years later, I would be eating lunch with McLamore at a U of Miami Board of Trustee's meeting. I was then the GM of the UM radio station, WVUM.

I wonder how many other buildings have stood on this ground over the years, all called Burger King. Funny how the square things over the building could almost be called arches... too bad another brand got that trademark.

Great Picture.

Dave 30-Jun-2007 14:57
the Whopper was invented by the founders at a diner in the first floor of an office building on Brickell and 5th 0r 6th Street. My grandfather had an office there and I remember eating whoppers there first. I found this information on a tribute to Jim Mclamore, who with Dave Edgerton founded Burger King. It confirms my memory that he had a diner on Brickell that sold the first "whoppers".

"McLamore, during his early months in Florida's warm climate, learned an expensive lesson about the seasonality of business in the Sunshine State. Captivated by the overflow crowds at the Brickell Bridge restaurant, he immediately proceeded to buy the operation, only to discover that the logjam of customers during the winter months literally slowed to a trickle in the summer.

Just a few blocks from Brickell Bridge, Edgerton was managing a restaurant at the Howard Johnson hotel. The two struck up a friendship and decided to take a chance on a franchise concept begun in Jacksonville. Called "Insta-Burger King," it featured hamburgers cooked via a piece of equipment called the Insta-Burger Broiler -- a revolutionary system that used twin heating elements along a conveyor line and was capable of cooking more than 400 hamburgers and buns per hour.

However, problems developed with the Insta-Broiler when burger juices began dripping onto the heating elements, causing them to corrode. Edgerton and McLamore redesigned the system in such a way that it transported the burgers horizontally over gas flames, giving the customer a flame-broiled product. The pair subsequently arranged for the Sani-Serv company of Indianapolis to manufacture the new prototype for them. Shortly thereafter they dropped the "Insta" prefix from the name and began promoting Burger King as the "Home of The Whopper."