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Scrapbook: Carrols and other popular places

Scrapbook: Carrols and other popular places

Today, people order Big Macs, Whoppers and assorted burritos when they’re thinking about fast food.
Scrapbook: Carrols and other popular places
Fifteen cents bought a hamburger at Carrols in Schenectady decades ago. This restaurant was on State Street at Elliott Avenue in the city's Woodlawn section — a site now occupied by Randy Loren's Dolce Vita restaurant.
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Today, people order Big Macs, Whoppers and assorted burritos when they’re thinking about fast food.

During the 1960s and ’70s, the Club Burger was boss, and you could only get it at Carrols. One of the hamburger chain’s restaurants was on State Street at Elliott Avenue, and people checked it out for shakes and 15-cent beef and buns.

The Club Burger was a handsome handful of a sandwich. The flagship sandwich on the Carrols’ menu offered two all-beef patties, a special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions and a sesame-seeded, triple-decker hamburger bun. The early versions came with a tomato slice.

The Carrols Restaurant Group now owns 500 Burger King locations across the U.S. Most Carrols locations became loyal to the King in 1975, with less profitable stores closing. The Carrols brand later flourished overseas, in countries like Finland, Sweden and Russia.

Other popular places

You can’t get Club Burgers any more. And you can’t check out places like the Imperial, Standard Furniture, Shoporama or the Mohawk Drive-in. They’re back for encores today — along with a giant car from Schenectady Plymouth-Chrysler — in Capital Region Scrapbook.

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