One of the Last A-Frame Whataburger Stores is Found in Mesquite, Texas
Whataburger has been a Texas staple since 1950. Yes, 70 plus years of serving great burgers. One of the signatures of Whataburger has always been their A-frame buildings. Sadly, as Whataburger has progressed and modernized itself, those original buildings are slowly fading away. One of the last few of those original A-frame Whataburger stores can be found just a short drive from East Texas in Mesquite, Texas.
Tyler's A-Frame Whataburgers
Tyler was once home to two of those original A-frame style stores. The oldest in Tyler was on Gentry Parkway. That location was shut down and demolished to make room for the newer Whataburger just a couple blocks north. There is a Little Caesars where that A-frame Whataburger once stood.
The second of those A-frame Whataburgers was on Loop 323 just across from Broadway Square Mall. That also closed down to move to its new location in the southwest corner of the Broadway Square Mall parking lot.
For longtime fans of Whataburger, it's sad to see these buildings slowly disappear in favor of the newer, more modern looking stores.
However, if you need a nostalgic Whataburger trip, just make the short drive to Mesquite to find one of the original A-frame Whataburger stores still in use. It is located at 128 East Kearney Street in Mesquite. Recently, YouTuber WallieB26 stopped by this original Whataburger to show off it's nostalgic feel.
How cool is this? Oh. Gah. What a step back in time. - WallieB26 on YouTube
You can see the classic A-frame which houses the kitchen with the dining area in front of that. It also still has the drive-in portion of the store in the front. In its heyday, you could pull up and a carhop would come to your car to get your order then bring it out to you to enjoy in your car. The drive-in part is just for parking now.
Just Adds to the History of Mesquite
Not too far from this location is the historic downtown Mesquite which is full of buildings close to 100 years old.
We do miss this old school aesthetic of Whataburger. Check out the full video from WallieB26 below or make a Saturday day trip to Mesquite to check out this original Whataburger yourself.