Happy In Bag

Friday, April 14, 2006

Star Spangles Manner

Good news for grease hounds.

Spangles is a Wichita-based fast food chain. The closest outlet to Kansas City had been in Topeka, but a location on 6th Street in Lawrence will open soon. Don’t let the‘50s-theme decor deter you. The burgers are a notch better than Wendy’s offerings. A few seafood items provide a change of pace. And there’s a strong emphasis on malts and shakes.

I've written about my affection for Culver's. As with that upstart restaurant, Spangles employees are well-trained. They may not really care if you enjoy your meal, but they make a good show of pretending that they do.

Let Calvin Trillin's tired nostalgia smite me with a shuttlecock. Spangles is the new Winstead's.


  • At 6:31 PM, Blogger FletcherDodge said…

    I remember when I was in high school (mid '80s) and a Wichita restaurant chain called Coney Island Burgers (something like that) was about ready to sell franchises and they needed a name they could franchise. They had a contest over one of the radio stations (I think it was KEYN) to have listeners submit names. Whoever submitted the winning name got a fabulous prize, like a car and a trip to the tropics.

    The winning name? Spangles.

    Just a little Kansas trivia to end the week on.

  • At 10:10 AM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    Emaw- I love the hidden and forgotten histories of commerce. Thanks!


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