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Fast Food Joints Arizona


Phoenix, AZ
Photo and info courtesy Elgin MacMillan

Check out the familiar Arby's hat marquee at the location 3826 E Thomas Road in Phoenix, AZ.

Best info I could get from some employees is that the Arby's at this location is about 40 years old - one employee told me that he thought this was the oldest existing Arby's (fact: Arby's was founded in 1964 according to the Arby's website).

The "drive thru" part of the sign was added over the top of the original neon part so it appears the original sign is still intact. Many thanks to Elgin MacMillan for above info

The following comments were received by Elgin MacMillan from Arby's management: That is a great looking hat isn't it? This Arby's was one of the first built in Arizona, the hat was mounted around January 1st, 1965. It is considered a historical piece in the city of Phoenix.

UPDATE : The Arby's neon hat is still located on site. 06-23


Lucky Wishbone
Tucson, AZ
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Lucky Wishbone opened in the summer of 1953 and is known as Tucson's first fast food restaurant. The place serves up chicken, shrimp, and steakfingers amongst other menu items. The neon sign was built by Arizona neon.

The first Lucky Wishbone opened on 6th Avenue in the heat of July 1953. According to the Lucky Wishbone website, hundreds of Tucsonans waited in long lines well into the night beneath the hue of colorful blinking neon lights, just to get a taste of the wonderful smelling fried chicken. Lucky Wishbone became an instant success and has enjoyed doing business in Tucson for over fifty years. 07-23


Lucky Wishbone
Tucson, AZ
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


The front of the Lucky Wishbone restaurant






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