Red’s Giant Hamburg

Springfield, Missouri

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Red’s Giant Hamburg in Springfield, Missouri first opened its doors on Route 66 in 1947. The tiny restaurant was run by Sheldon “Red” Chaney (May 20, 1916 – June 2, 1997) and was located in a former Sinclair gas station. It had one unique feature never seen before: a drive-though window. The restaurant was allegedly the world’s first drive-through restaurant, establishing a precedent that transformed the way we eat food on the go.

Why is the restaurant called “Hamburg” and not “Hamburger?” You might be thinking the unusual name has some connection to the town in Germany, but, in reality, it was all based on a simple mistake. When ordering the sign, owner Chaney, misjudged the height and didn’t have room for those last two letters without hitting power lines, so he cut it down to size, and “hamburger” became “hamburg.”

For decades Red’s Giant Hamburg served burgers, fries, and root beer to locals and Route 66 travelers. But, in December 1984, three years shy of its 50th anniversary, Red’s closed its doors for good.

The property sat empty for years until in was demolished in 1997. But the legacy of Red’s never wavered, so much so that, in 2015, a replica of the famous sign was created and installed in the Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park. But the legacy doesn’t stop there.

In 2019 a new and improved Red’s Giant Hamburg restaurant opened in Springfield, Missouri. Co-owners David Campbell and Greg Lott rebuilt the restaurant to be bigger and accommodate more diners, making it is eight times the size of the original location. The diner menu features familiar items like hamburgers, fries, and local root beer along with hot dogs, chili dogs, chili fries, chili cheese fries, pork sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, and more. There are even vegan burger and gluten free bun options.

Outside you’ll find another replica of the Red’s Giant Hamburg sign and a polished red ’55 Buick Special, an homage to the car owned by Chaney, who used to park near his sign to prevent customers from backing their cars into it.

And, of course, there is a drive-thru window to take your meal on the road.

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Red’s Giant Hamburg in Springfield, Missouri Route 66 Drive In Restaurant

Red’s Giant Hamburg

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Address:
2301 W Sunshine St, Springfield, MO 65807

Hours:
10:30am-9:00pm (Monday-Saturday), 10:30am-8:00pm (Sunday)

Cost:
$

Phone Number:
(417) 865-7337

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Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to Red’s Giant Hamburg in Springfield, Missouri, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Food is available for dine in or take out. Go through the drive-thru and you don’t even need to leave your car.
  • The original location was located at 2848 W Chestnut Expy. It is now home to a coffee shop, Trailer Perk Coffee.
  • While in the area, check out more of the best attractions on Route 66 in Springfield, Missouri.

Where to Stay Near Red’s Giant Hamburg

Need a nap after your cheeseburger and fries? Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest on your road trip with a stay at one of these Springfield, Missouri hotels near Route 66.

Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven

After a day behind the wheel, stopping at all of the Mother Road’s iconic roadside attractions, museums, restaurants, and more, a good shower and a comfy bed is always a welcome sight. Take that and add modern amenities, vintage charm, and a touch of Elvis, and you have the Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven motel in Springfield, Missouri. Book a stay in the iconic Elvis Suite for a unique night!

Rockwood Motor Court

Rockwood Motor Court opened as a Tourist Camp in 1929, just three years after Route 66 was commissioned. Renovated in 2019, you’ll enjoy clean and comfortable rooms themed to eras of Route 66 with vintage décor, furniture, and memorabilia.

Rest Haven Court

Rest Haven Court is a classic motor hotel in Springfield, Missouri. Look for the bright neon sign with the big neon arrow. It was erected in 1953!

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