Happy Days

Ken Eddy's Drive-In was located at 48th and O Streets in Lincoln, Nebraska

Ken Eddy's Drive-In was located at 48th and O Streets in Lincoln, Nebraska. This photograph was taken by the Macdonald Studio on July 11, 1952. (RG2183.PH001952-00711-2)

There is just something about old drive-ins that brings out the nostalgia in people. In Lincoln, Ken Eddy’s was a legend.  In 1952, Ken Lydic and Eddy Gold opened their drive-in restaurant at the corner of 48th and “O” Streets.  Cleverly named Ken Eddy’s, they served up a full menu of burgers, barbeque, steaks, and seafood.  You could enjoy your Big Boy burger in the dining room or have it delivered to the window of your car by the carhops.

Eddie Gold passes a tray of good out the window to a carhop at Ken Eddy's (RG2183.PH001953-000205-4)

Eddie Gold passes a tray of food out the window to a carhop at Ken Eddy's in 1953. They appear to be serving up the quintessential 1950's drive-in meal: a hamburger, French fries, cherry pie and a cola. (RG2183.PH001953-000205-4)

Eddy Gold hands a plate over the diner counter to a waitress at Ken Eddy's (RG2183.PH001953-00205-13)

Eddy Gold hands a plate over the diner counter to a waitress at Ken Eddy's in 1953. (RG2183.PH001953-00205-13)

Close-up shot of the Big Boy burger served at Ken Eddy's Drive In (RG2183.PH001953-000702-1)

Close-up image of the Big Boy burger served at Ken Eddy's Drive In. This photograph was taken by Macdonald Studios in July 1953 likely for use in an advertisement campaign. (RG2183.PH001953-000702-1)

Do you remember Ken Eddy’s sign animated with three-color starburst?  I would love to hear your memories of Ken Eddy’s or your hometown’s favorite drive-in.

Karen Keehr
Curator of Photographs

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5 Responses to Happy Days

  1. Chuck Jones says:

    I lived about 8 blocks from Ken Eddy’s so remember it well. Although, I don’t remember eating there very often. North 48th street was known as the Miracle Mile in those days.
    My other favorite Lincoln drive-ins were the Yum Yum Hut at 29th and O, the Circle drive in at 44th and O and the granddaddy of them all, Tastee Inn and Out at 48th and Holdrege. Another hang out during my college days was Chubbyville on north 27th St. They had HUGE hamburgers.

    Thanks for the trip back in time.

  2. Dale Bacon says:

    One of the first jobs I held in Nebraska was at the King’s Food Host, just across the street from Ken Eddy’s on 48th Street in Lincoln. I remember it more as just Eddy’s, and had become a nightclub by then.

  3. Mike Mitchell says:

    Chuck,
    You have brought back great memories of the Yum Yum Hut. I loved their sandwiches and soft serve ice cream. But my biggest memory was getting in trouble with my parents for spending my school lunch money on the pinball machine in the Yum Yum Hut.

    Mike

  4. Raymond Williams says:

    I was stationed at Lincoln Air Force Base in 1958/1958 and I attended the University at 14th and O. I had many friends in Lincoln and spent many nights at Ken Eddys. A great place to meet great looking Cornhusker-ettes in those days. A good friend of mine became a country-western singer (Brenda Allacher). I LOVE Nebraska and Lincoln. I’m from New York City but part of my heart still resides at 48th and O…go ‘huskers!

  5. Earl T says:

    I remember Ken Eddys but it was more for the time when my brother was is in high school. I went to Lincoln Northeast and we use to go to Kings Drive Inn and got the cheese frenchees and their thick shakes. They also had great cheeseburgers. I also loved Chubbyville after I graduated high school and loved the huge amounts the food and big burgers. I don’t live in Lincoln anymore, but I also loved Valentinos pizza and Runza Drive Inn, which are still around today. Good memories.

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