The First Krystal Restaurants in Memphis

They're easy to spot because of their distinctive windows.




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Third location downtown

In the 60s, when my friends and I rode the bus from Midtown to downtown to shop and go to the movies, the Krystal we went to was on the southwest corner of Union and Second street, where Huey's is today. We bought the tiny, addictive burgers for 10 cents each (and wrote our boyfriends' initials on them in mustard), the fries for 12 cents and cokes for a quarter. You could get plenty full for less than a buck. And don't get me started on the waffles, available all day and made while you watched, steaming in the big waffle irons with a little white pitcher of syrup warming on top.

Midtown girl more than 1 year ago

Krystal @ Union and 2nd.

I lived on Goodbar and rode the bus on Peabody to Vance to Main. I thought the restaurant at Union and Second was a Toddle House. I well remember the burgers and icebox chocolate pie. I also remember a Gridiron off main and Madison (next to the park) with great burger fare.

I now live in downtown and find it's comeback from the 60-70's amazing.

Downtown guy more than 1 year ago

Holiday inn on union opposite peabody.Do you have any history on that building please?

Do you have any history on the holiday inn downtown on union please?I stay on my visits from uk and have never been able to find out anything?

Lee Hinshelwood more than 1 year ago


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