Before all the fast food places, there was Burger Chief

Burger Chief cup

Photo by Canton Rewind from the Cherokee County Historical Society collection

Before the fast-food chains invaded Canton, there was Burger Chief. Opened in the mid-1960s by Dr. Edwin Swords and Dr. William Nichols, Burger Chief was one of the few “fast food” restaurants in the area at the time.

This cup, from the Cherokee County Historical Society collection, is from the Burger Chief’s early days. The original building burned in the late 1970s. It was re-opened and stayed in the new brick building on Marietta Highway until the mid 1980s. The building still stands between Northside Pharmacy and Walgreens.

Burger Chief, with a side of 1980s memories

Burger Chief cup

Photo by Canton Rewind from the Cherokee County Historical Society collection

Posted in 1960-1969, 1970-1979, Business, Object Tagged with:
5 comments on “Before all the fast food places, there was Burger Chief
  1. Kathy Dunn says:

    1965 through 67 was the time for hanging out and fast cars. We would gang up there on the weekends, just sitting on cars, meeting our friends, acting silly over boys, then take off to the other side of town to the Lakeland and Jiffy Freeze. But we always ended up back at the Burger Chief. Great food too! My favorite was an order of broasted potatoes, chili dog, and mountain dew. Also, there were only a few policemen in that era and a lot of tires were burned up when pulling out! Wow! Can you imagine if anything like that went on today!? But at least there were no drugs, gangs or guns (unless you want to count hunting rifles, etc.) then. Much simpler times.

  2. Keith Cline says:

    Had a Burger Cheif reunion at Canton Moose Lodge 5 years ago want to do another this year this is great information and would like to have help spreading the word

  3. Keith M Cline says:

    well the time has finally come for another Burger Chief reunion. It will be August the 5th 2017, at the Canton Moose Family center. We will have Live Music by Local Legends of Canton. we will have 50’s 60’s 70’s cars and food by Back Yard Bar-b-Que with hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Bar B Que {sorry no Broasted potatoes} but we did try.Hope every one can come out and relive their Burger Chief days one more time.

  4. Bill H says:

    How many Burger Chiefs were there? I know there was also one in Acworth (and yes, the broasted potatoes were the most marvelous food sensation there, as well), but don’t know how many locations they had.

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