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Sit Down Restaurants Arizona


Nickerson Farms (Closed)
Picacho, AZ
Photos and info courtesy Dennis Slater

Nickerson Farms Restaurants were a common sight along the interstate in the Midwest at one time. I worked at the one in Emma, Missouri and then in Blackwell, Oklahoma back in the early 1970's.

On I-10 south of Phoenix at Exit 219, Picacho Peak there is an old sign and building that are pretty well preserved considering how old they are. The sign is in decent shape. Apparently, the old Skelly(?) gasoline signage was cut off the top of the sign. It is the only one sign and building that are left and identifiable as a Nickerson Farms Restaurant as far as I know

UPDATE 09/21 : The Nickerson Farms used to be an American franchise which operated between the 1960s through the early part of the 1980s. The franchise at its peak had 60 restaurants dotting the interstate and was owned by a former Stuckey's franchisee who wasn't thrilled with the rules and regulations and decided to go about it on his own. The Nickerson Farms has deteriorated greatly over the years. 09-21

More photos below:

Nickerson Restaurant sign and the Picacho Trading Post
Picacho, AZ
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
Close up of sign from 1998
Picacho, AZ
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
Nickerson Restaurant deteriorated
Picacho, AZ
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
A look at the sign from 2018
Picacho, AZ
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


Jade Restaurant (Then and Now)
Kingman, AZ
Postcard courtesy Allen Sandquist

Here a shot of the Jade Restaurant and Curio shop back in the day along with a photo of the place in current times. Besides the awnings, the old shot of the Jade featured some sort of character on the marquee. As is typical these days, the old character signage was replaced with a bit of backlit plastic. Yes, the then shot is on the far left.



Cheese 'N Stuff
Phoenix, AZ
Photo and info courtesy Elgin MacMillan


The Cheese 'N Stuff place is still in business and they seem to love their old sign. I spoke to the owner Stan (on 06-01-05). Stan and his father bought this place in 1972 from almost the original owners. I say that because the original owner sold the business in 1950 when it was just one year old, and the 2nd owners owned it until 1972. 06-05

(Near right) A close look at the Cheese & Stuff marquee from the top of the building



Longhorn Bar and Grill
Amado, AZ
Photo courtesy Gorb70

Travel through Arizona and the town of Amado and you'll be greeted by an interesting sight. Yes, this is a huge longhorn skull and horns forming an entranceway to the Longhorn Bar and Grill serving up southwestern food since 1920. 04-06



Sky Chief Bar and Grill (Closed)
Yuma, AZ
Photo and info courtesy Bill Herzog

Check out the Sky Chief Bar and Grill. This roadside eatery has opened and closed many times in recent years. The Sky Chief is currently closed. 05-06









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