Check out some of the 1970s and 80 restaurants Gen Xers ate at as kids. Which one was your favorite? Among this selection, mine was Hot Dog On A Stick. There was one at OKC’s Penn Square Mall back in the 1990s. I loved their hallmark lemonade and it was always fun to see the workers in those funny tall hats. According to the Hot Dog On A Stick website, those hats were so highly coveted by people that employees were required to leave them in the store.
LaShea Delaney writes about her experience working at the fast food joint in late 1990s in the Santa Monica Mall.
“All Hot Dogs on A Stick are very similar in design — they all have the red, blue, and lemon-yellow sign, the three jugs that prominently display the cherry, lime and original flavored lemonade — and give off an air of “enthusiasm”. The deep fryers, therefore, are off to the side, hidden behind a very useful barrier that keeps customers from being burned by hot oil. The best thing about Hot Dog on A Stick is the staff uniforms: a pair of eclectic blue polyester shorts, a striped, red, white, blue and yellow shirt, and a hat that sits on the top of your head like a flattened dunce cap. Every stand of hair must be tucked in that cap and your name tag must be attached to the front…”
I will be gradually adding more photos 1970s and 80s restaurants to this gallery so check back soon.
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