Buffalo in the 60s: Forget McDonald’s; Buffalo had Henry’s Hamburgers

By Steve Cichon

The Henry’s Hamburgers run in Buffalo started in the early 1960s and lasted through the late 1970s.

This ad appeared in The News in 1964.

City locations included spots on Hertel Avenue, McKinley Parkway, Jefferson Avenue and Main Street at Leroy Avenue.  Some of the early success for the franchise locally came from Buffalo Bills star Ernie Warlick, who not only invested in several franchise locations but was often found behind the counter serving up the burgers and fries by the pound himself.

Suburban locations included on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore, Main Street in Tonawanda, Union Road in Cheektowaga and Military Road and Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls.

Each restaurant was owned by different franchisees, and promotional advertising often only applied to a single store. Such was the case for this “free hamburger” coupon, which could be redeemed at the store on Niagara Falls Boulevard at Sheridan Drive.


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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon writes about Buffalo’s pop culture history. His stories of Buffalo's past have appeared more than 1600 times in The Buffalo News. He's a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. Since the earliest days of the internet, Cichon's been creating content celebrating the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The 25-year veteran of Buffalo radio and television has written five books and curates The Buffalo Stories Archives-- hundreds of thousands of books, images, and audio/visual media which tell the stories of who we are in Western New York.