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Tastee-Freez-North Aurora, IL on Flickr.
Founded in the 1950’s, Tastee-Freez originally focused just on ice cream products, but as the chain expanded so did the menu, moving into fast food items as well as the traditional cones and shakes. The chain eventually grew to over a thousand locations by the end of the 50’s. Fewer than fifty are still around today.
This one was in North Aurora, Illinois, and was undergoing renovation when I shot this in 2009. The building was completely re-done, but I don’t know if the restaurant actually opened up again-I never actually saw anyone inside it. The building’s closed up again, and this sign, which was from the sixties, disappeared sometime in July or August 2012.