WASTE WATCH EYESORE: Chicken Box
Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 03:33 PM CDT
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- It holds a lot of memories, but many now call it an eyesore: The building at New Warrington Road and Lillan Highway in West Pensacola that once housed the popular Chicken Box restaurant.
Neighbors worry the empty building is harming businesses and property values.
Former customers say you used to just have to flash your lights here and someone would come right out to serve you. But for a long time, that hasn't been the case.
"A lot of kids come. It was sort of a high school place like you see on TV like 'Happy Days,'" said Clyde Vaughn, a former customer.
Vaughn fell in love at the Chicken Box around the time it first opened in the early fifties. He remembers great hamburgers and a girl named Mary.
"I was probably 14 and 15. My wife was too young to date, so on Saturday evening her father would take us out to the chicken box for hamburgers. Good place," he said.
Vaughn's not the only one with fond memories of the restaurant.
"It was good food. It was very well priced," said Jacquelyn Wilson, a local historian and former customer.
Nell Bodree co-owns a print shop that's sat across the street from the building since 1976.
"It was a nice place at one time but it's not that way anymore." Bodree said. She says the restaurant was a welcome sight until after it closed sometime in the late '80's.