Growing up in Euclid OH in the mid-60s, I used to eat occassionally at that Cleveland Heights diner.
A former Red Barn on the west side of Milwaukee was reborn as OSCAR’S, a burger and frozen custard place. The distinctive barn shape remains, although the building is now covering in shingles and they added a sunroom to the front.
There was a RED BARN in Northfield, NJ, on Tilton RD. near US RT. 9. About 7 miles from Atlantic City.
The local top 40 AM radio station (WMID) used to play the "When the Hungries hit", jingle more than the top 40!
Red Barn had great fried chicken. Does anyone know the recipe?
I was young when the restaurant closed, and I barely remember the restaurant, but I still have my "Red Barn Magic Record" It’s a single record, but each side has three songs – "Put the needle down at the outside edge of the record – and you never know what song will play." Side one plays Engineer Bill, Under the Double Eagle or Mechanical Man. Side two plays Hungries Theme, Hungries Club Song or Hungries March. My own kids are nearly grown now, but we still get it out once in a while and sing along!
I loved the Red Barn and I am responding to this post because the link still works and brings back a world of memories, not the least of which was sitting in the back seat of my parents’ brand new 1964 Ford Galaxy 500, reading the EXTRA edition of the New Castle News with the headline "KENNEDY ASSASINATED", and enjoying a three piece chicken meal ($0.59!) in the parking lot of the Red Barn on Wilmington Avenue, New Castle, PA, 11/22/1963.
The Red Barn was a fast-food restaurant chain founded in the early-1960s in Dayton, Ohio by Harry Barmier.
Red Barn restaurants were in the shape of barns with a glass front and limited seating. Three mascots were used in the franchise’s commercials: "Hamburger Hungry" (who looked similar to Ernie from Sesame Street), "Chicken Hungry" (a chicken leg), and "Fish Hungry" (a blue fish.)
Some of the most popular items on Red Barn’s menu were the "Big Barney" (a hamburger similar to a Big Mac) and the "Barnbuster" (similar to a Quarter Pounder.) The restaurants had coloring books, crayons and iron-ons for kids, and they also gave away a free glass with a meal. The food was served in cardboard barn-shaped boxes.
The restaurant chain had a TV commercial jingle whose lyrics were: "When the hungries hit / When the hungries hit / Hit the Red Barn."
Servomation bought the company in the late-1960s and then Motel 6 bought it in the late-1970s. They ceased advertising, and the last franchising leases expired around 1986; most of the old buildings were converted for use by other restaurants. At its peak, Red Barn had 400 restaurants in 19 states as well as southern Ontario in Canada.
Red Barn Reunion in the works!
A Red Barn reunion is in the works for Labor Day weekend 2008.
It will be held in Bradford, PA at "The Farm", one of the last restaurants to serve Red Barn food. Please click the link below for more info. Add your name and email address to the guest book on the reunion page for info as plans start to firm up, Motels, times, menu, etc.
Hope to see you there!
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I managed many Red Barns and was also a district manager before Motel 6 bought us and put us out of work. There wasn’t a Barn in Cleveland Hts., but there was one on Mayfield Rd. in South Euclid. I managed that one towards the end of the company.
[:D]There used to be a Rd Barn here in Schertz,back in the 1970s on the acess road of I-35 North and FM3009.They even had a big cowboy figure standing out front. Where the red Barn stood is a Valero Gas Station and the whole area has changed.What used to be country is now a WalMart,Whataburger,Jack in the Box,etc.
The cowboy figure is now out in Boerne,outside of some restraunt off I-10 West.
I think the Chat and Chew is one of only three barns still standing in the Warren-Youngstown area.
I grew up eating at the Red Barn, it’s was located on Electric Avenue, Lewistown, Pa. The building is still there but it’s a Chinese Buffet joint now.
I do miss it, I may have to include a visit to Bradford on an upcoming bike trip…..
I remember the Red Barn being in many small cities in upstate New York in the 70’s. This was right after getting out of the Air Force and being able, for the first time, to get away on long road trips. I always ate their chicken, which was fried under pressure.
I have never come across a comprehensive explanation of why this chain folded. The architecture of their building was so unique that, unless the building was extensively remodeled, even today you immediately recognize it as a former Red Barn.
I remember a Red Barn located in Peotone Illonois off I-57 ate there back in the early 80’s…. they had some decent fried chicken….
OH JOY !!!!!!!!!
I will be heading to Milwaukee in June so a slight roadtrip
to Racine will be in order…………..
Mmmmmm………A Big Barney…!!!!!!!!!!
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