|Maid-Rite Drive-In, Mt. Vernon, IL ca 1957|
The back of the postcard says "Closed Mondays, Specializing in Tendorized Hickory Barbecued Ribs (the Rib that's different--there's meat on it), Barbecued Pork Tenderloin, Beef and Chicken. Steaks, Chops, Chicken Dinners. Variety of good Sandwiches. Phone 501 for Quicker Service on dinners or sandwiches. Will also furnish Food for Picnics or Parties. Courteous Service." The postcard was mailed and is dated December 1957. There is also a name and return address of 747 Fairfield Road which may be the address of the Maid-Rite.
CORRECTION: After receiving a comment from a reader who pointed out there was a Maid-Rite Drive-In on 10th Street in Mt. Vernon, I did some more research and found newspaper ads and articles between 1951 and 1957 showing a Maid-Rite Drive-In located at 751 Fairfield Road, Grover C. Cook, Proprietor. In May of 1957 it appears the contents were placed for sale. Starting in 1961 I found ads for a Maid-Rite located at 10th and Conger, Fred and Rosemarie Lampp, owners. So my information above that the Lampps were the owners of this property seems to be incorrect, instead it was Grover C. Cook. Thanks for commenting! 1/11/12