King Hamburgers / Dairy King

King Hamburgers
King Hamburgers pictured in 1969

This establishment was originally Called King’s Hamburgers. When Burger King came to Pennsylvania the owner tried to block their usage of the name “Burger King”, which backfired. Unbeknownst Burger King Corporation had already filed for the Pennsylvania rights for that name just a few months before the owner. After this the restaurant was known as just “King’s”. The addition of “Dairy” came from a previous name the owner called it before they served food; only ice cream. It was located along route 422 / Perkiomen Avenue in Exeter. It closed in April 1979.

Dairy King

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Jay
Jay
5 years ago

Perkiomen Ave, I didn’t know that’s what happened to it? Hmmmm,

Tim Waldman
Tim Waldman
5 years ago

My Dad would take us here all of the time.
It was located right around where the Santander Bank is now at East Neversink Rd.
I was young, but I remember that he loved their California Cheesburgers.

Freddie Isettie
5 years ago

Mom and dad took me there all the time when I was a kid. Huge willow tree out back with picnic tables. It was located right where you drive up the hill to the old Blockbuster /V&S/ Moto Photo etc…..

Dawn
Dawn
5 years ago

Owned by the Bucci family. I remember Dad sending me there to buy $20.00 worth of hamburgers there to feed the people who were helping to clean out St. John’s Lutheran Church, Gibraltar after Agnes came through Berks County.

Patricia Bliesath
Patricia Bliesath
5 years ago

Yep in Perkiomen Ave!

jack gaffney
jack gaffney
5 years ago

I could speak for a long time about Kings I worked there from March 1976 until it closed in April 1979

Debbie aka Fish
Debbie aka Fish
5 years ago
Reply to  jack gaffney

Yea lots of good times!

Spike Russell
5 years ago
Reply to  jack gaffney

Hey Jack,, how u doing,, long time no see,, hope all is well s u and loved ones

Lynn Bialek
Lynn Bialek
5 years ago
Reply to  jack gaffney

Do you remember my mom, Fern Rhoads? They also called her Dusty.

Roger Massey
Roger Massey
5 years ago

They had the best hamburgers around!

H. Achen
H. Achen
5 years ago

I remember the back with picnic tables and running barefoot around with ice cream. Was sad to see it closed.

Shane
Shane
5 years ago

My first job at 15 years old. I remember mixing the Birch Beer in the big vat in back. Also used to give huge soft ice cream cones to my friends. We also used to sell pure coke syrup for cough medicine and throat issues….so many great memories! Thanks for sharing this Brian….😀

Nick Bucci
Nick Bucci
5 years ago

MY mom and dad ripened it in 1960 after my dad saw one of the first McDonald’s in New Jersey,, I grew up in that place from age 5,, made thick shakes age 7,, moved to French Fryer at age 9 and flipping burgers at grille at 11 years old,, have pictures,, thanks for this picture,, best one I’ve seen,,

Nick Bucci
Nick Bucci
5 years ago

Thanks for sharing that,, intersection of RT 422 and Neversink Road, almost directly across 422 from Bowl O Rama,, my mother owned and operated it,, my 2nd home, spent more time there than at home,, original name was King Hamburgers,, when Burger King came to Pennsylvania my father tried to block their usage of that name,, backfired,, ha,, Burger King Corporation filed for the Pennsylvania rights for that name just a few months before my father,, so it was always known after that as simply KINGS,, the Dairy part came from a previous name my mother called it before they added burgers, fries, etc., only served ice cream,, now you know the REST OF THE STORY,, thx again for sharing it,, Nick

Foos Legend
Foos Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Nick Bucci

Are you the Nick Bucci that played foosball in the late 70s at 3rd and Spruce? Cool Hand Nick???

Linda Orth
Linda Orth
5 years ago

My best friend Pat worked there and she made the best banana splits !!!

Cathy Werner Davis
Cathy Werner Davis
5 years ago

Fabulous California burgers!

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[…] in 1978. Apparently this was an area prone to accidents. Popular places of the past pictured are King Hamburgers, Fecera’s Furnture, Sweet William Restaurant and […]

Julie Epler
Julie Epler
2 years ago

I remember taking my kids there and sitting at the picnic table. They were good, and affordable!

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[…] and “Schell’s” on the  Fifth Street Highway, and “King’s” on the Philly pike to name a few. Located on the site of the present “Friendly’s […]

Jean Miley
Jean Miley
1 year ago

I loved going there. The food was always good as a kid it was the best place to go for fast food

R Z.
R Z.
1 month ago

I worked there in the early 60’s. Fred McKinney was the GM and Florence was often around. I remember little Nick coming into the store with her sometimes. Bowl-a-rama was across the Pike I think. A wonderful place with a great bunch of kids working there from Exeter and Mt Penn.

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