Tuesday, August 28, 2012

OLD ROUTE 66: Former Royal Fork


Former Royal Fork Buffet Restaurant

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The Royal Fork Buffet sign is left over from the restaurant that used to be located here. The chain was founded by Jerry Caven, who started with some McDonald's restaurants and attended their "Hamburger University" while living in Idaho. Later he decided to open a buffet chain that would have 48 locations in 12 states, before he sold the Royal Fork Buffet chain in the late 1970s. He would later return to the corporation. Some Royal Fork Buffet restaurants are still in operation in the West and Canada.

The abandoned Albuquerque site was redeveloped into the Royal Fork Lofts.

The Royal Fork sign is located on south Fourth Street, which was the pre-1937 alignment of the original Route 66 that ran north/south through Albuquerque. South Forth Street eventually was designated a historic commercial district in the Barelas neighborhood.

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