Vintage Seattle dug up this shot of Broadway’s fast food past — an Ivar’s Drive-in that used to call the corner of Broadway and Thomas home.
Here’s that corner today-ish:
It’s a timely piece of history as fast food chains make a retreat from Capitol Hill. Burger King and Jack in the Box are gone. Taco Bell, gone. Madison’s Taco time closed its doors recently to make way for a possible mixed-use development. Local chain Taco Del Mar is still here — but just announced it is entering Chapter 11 bankruptcy. TDM says they’re keeping their stores open, for now.
One comment on VintageSeattle from an old-timer is of particular interest — check out this random walk down Broadway restaurant history. A Skipper’s? We’d rather have Thai or pho, thanks.
Although I don’t remember Ivar’s being there, with the other photo mentioned by Brendan copyrighted Ivar’s restaurants looks right on the map. It is the Casa Del Rey apartments for sure. Louis wrote about a Seafood restuarant, there was The Sizzler (Brick building demolished last year, now a fenced in asphalt lot) next door to King’s Teriyaki and Peet’s Coffee that had all you can eat shrimp, went there many times, later became Chang’s Mongolian Grill. There also was a Skipper’s (Seafood chain restaurant, now defunct, I believe) That was where Roma Thai food is now. Anybody tired of Thai restaurants and Pho yet?