A ‘Cheeseburger Day’ Tribute To Cheyenne’s Oldest Burger Joint
National Cheeseburger Day is observed every year on September 18th. Here in Cheyenne, there's a restaurant that's been celebrating National Cheeseburger Day every day for nearly 70 years.
The Burger Inn has been a Cheyenne institution since 1966 when it took over Griff's Burger Bar on the corner Pershing Boulevard and Snyder Avenue. In the 50s, Griff's was one of the most popular hangouts in town. These days, the Burger Inn is still going strong. They recently remodeled the restaurant with vintage photos from their glory days as a soda fountain shop.
Another long-running Cheyenne burger joint was The In and Out and Cruisin' Through. The red brick building on South Greeley Highway and 5th Street opened in 1953 as The In and Out. After a legal dispute with the California-based burger chain In-N-Out, they changed their name to Cruisin' Through. Sadly, they went out of business in 2013 and the site is now a Family Dollar store.
Another relic of mid-century drive-through culture on South Greeley Highway was Nifty Fifty's, which replaced the old A+W and kept the retro vibe alive for years, with carhops delivering Papa and Mama burgers to your window.
In the 60s and 70s, the Cole Shopping Center was happening and Henry Hamburgers was one of the most popular chains in the country. Their popular stand in the Cole parking lot served greasy burgers in a wrapper with their distinctive happy face logo.