Jul 182013
 

Wetson's

Find a bunch of New Yorkers waxing nostalgic over hamburgers from the good old days and you’re likely to hear Wetson’s enter the conversation. The restaurant’s history is brief, slayed mercilessly during the fast food wars of the 1970s. Still, amongst those who had the pleasure, it remains one of the most fondly remembered burger joints from the era.

In 1959, the fast food giant of the West Coast, McDonald’s, had yet to open any restaurants in the New York area. Two men from Valley Stream, Harold Norbitz and Carl Wetanson (a popular race car driver on the Island) visited a McDonald’s in Chicago, were impressed by the concept, and decided to duplicate it in New York, hopefully before the Golden Arches made their inevitable entrance into the local market. With White Castle serving as their only real competition, the pair opened their first Wetson’s location. Each stand featured rows of bright orange circles on the roof, and offered a walk-up window and outdoor seating only.Wetsons-ad

Wetson’s menu was practically identical to McDonald’s, with hamburgers, french fries, drinks and shakes. The burgers were 15-cents and could be “bought by the bagful, while the fries, made from hand-peeled potatoes, cost a whole dime. In a further nod to McDonald’s, Wetson’s presented two mascots, Wetty and Sonny, who were, you guessed it, clowns.

Over the next decade, Wetson’s expanded over much of the Northeast, opening over 70 locations across New Jersey, Connecticut, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and yes, Long Island. Unfortunately, McDonald’s and Burger King had both grown significantly, with each vying to capture the majority of the New York market. In 1975, unable to compete with the behemoths, Wetson’s finally threw in the towel and closed all of their location. Many Long Island fast food fans have mourned their loss ever since.

Sadly, we were unable to dig up any commercials or related video for Wetson’s to share in this article. Even images of the restaurant are pretty scarce online, so we can’t show you a menu. Sometimes you just have to go with what you’ve got. But, we can conclude with this little glimmer of hope – In 2011, National Food Brands bought the rights to the Wetson’s name. Whether that suggests a comeback in the works, we don’t know and we’ll leave the speculating to others online. Once can certainly dream though.

In the meantime, we want to hear from all of the fans of this former fast food chain. Which location did you visit? What do you remember most about the food? We welcome all of your memories of Wetson’s in our comments section below as we pay tribute to this little slice of Long Island in the 1970s.

  129 Responses to “Wetson’s”

  1. Former locations:

    Brooklyn, NY Pennsylvania Ave and Stanley Avenue (now Popeyes)
    Brooklyn, NY Bay Parkway and Shore Parkway (now Wendy’s)
    Brooklyn, NY Flatbush Avenue And Avenue U (demolished, now a bank)
    Brooklyn, NY Flatbush Ave and Empire Blvd (now Wendy’s)
    Brooklyn, NY 86th St and 7th Avenue (now Nathan’s)
    Stamford, CT Hope Street (now Donut Delight)
    Norwalk, CT Connecticut Ave. (demolished)
    Bronx, NY Boston Post Road (demolished)
    Staten Island, NY Forest Avenue (converted into an Italian deli)
    Staten Island, NY Hylan Boulevard and Burgher Avenue (now an auto parts store)
    Elmhurst, NY Queens Boulevard (Route 25) and Woodhaven Boulevard (demolished)
    Valley Stream, NY Sunrise Highway at Rockaway Ave. (demolished)
    Franklin Square NY Hempstead Turnpike (north side of Route 24) one block West of Franklin Avenue / New Hyde Park Road (demolished in the 70’s to build a Arthur Treachers Fish & Chips which is also long gone)
    Flushing, NY Northern Boulevard (Route 25A) and 195th Street (demolished, now a strip mall)
    Flushing, NY Northern Boulevard (Route 25A) and 147th Street (now a liquor store/7-11)
    Syosset, NY, 321 Jericho Tpke (now a Burger King)
    Rego Park, NY Woodhaven Boulevard and 63rd Drive (now Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins)
    New Hyde Park, NY corner of New Hyde Park Road and Union Tpke (demolished, area now a Gulf gas station)
    Hicksville, NY Old Country Road (demolished, area now Dunkin Donuts with a drive-thru)
    West Islip, NY Sunrise Highway (Route 27) westbound service road (now a car dealership)
    Lake Grove, NY Middle Country Road (Route 25) and Hawkins Avenue (now Two Guys Appliance)
    Little Neck, NY Northern Boulevard (demolished, now a Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins store)
    Roslyn, NY Northern Boulevard (now East Hills Chevrolet within the old structure)
    Freeport, NY Sunrise Highway at Henry Street
    Paramus, NJ Route 17 (converted into a branch of the Stage Delicatessen)
    Pine Brook, NJ Route 46 & Hook Mountain Road
    Hempstead, NY Fulton Ave.
    Bethpage, NY Hempstead Tnpk and Rt. 107 (demolished, area now a shopping center)
    Far Rockaway,NY Beach Channel Drive (converted to KFC)
    Hazlet, NJ State Highway 36 (demolished)
    Danbury, CT, White Street
    Schenectady, NY, Erie Boulevard
    North Lawrence, NY Rockaway Turnpike
    Jamaica, NY Hillside Ave (now a car dealership)

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    • Thank you for sharing that. What a great resource!

    • I worked at the West Islip (Bay Shore) store across from the South Shore Mall. $.20/burger at that time. Muzak playing over the speakers in the tiny covered customer service area. The manager would make us punch out if we didn’t clean up fast enough at closing time, then go finish up. An occasional 12 pack of beer out in the parking lot with the boys before hitchhiking home 6 miles at midnight.

    • The Jamaica location is now a fruit stand, assuming you’re talking about the location that was at Hillside Avenue and Hollis Court Blvd.

      • You’re right on that. The one she’s lists was @ 144th St. and Hillside Ave. Became a Nathan’s for a while and is now a car lot.

    • Is it possible there was one in Bellport as well? I worked at Jolly Roger starting around 1960 next door to the Bethpage Wetson’s. While I was working there MacDonald opened down the block. It was the first one I had ever seen.

      • I worked at the Freeport Wetsons in the summer of 1966. The burgers tasted like s-it, the shifts were 12 hours long, and the pay was a dollar an our. When school began in September, I told the manager I quit and never went to any Wetsons ever again. When they went out of business I did not shed tears. Good riddance. Btw, did I mention the burgers tasted like s-hit?
        PS: Graffiti in the Employees restroom, Flush twice, it’s a long way to the kitchen.

      • that is correct. I too used to eat at the Bethpage location in the 60’s. I remember when McDonalds opened too.
        Wish they would return. I liked Wetsons better.

    • Wow!! I loved the 70’s! Really wish I had a time machine. That was the best decade ever! I remember the Flatbush and Empire Blvd location in Brooklyn. Thanks so much for sharing : )!

    • There was also a Wetson’s on Northern Blvd. and 46th St.. In Astoria/L.I.C.
      Remember it very well……

      • Wetsons,Jack-in-the Box, White Castles, the best fast food hamburger resturants ever and I mean ever.

    • Thank you 70sKid for this article. I was just telling my husband that one of my best memories of Brooklyn was going to Wetson’s with my godbrothers, godparents and my parents. I thought it was the best burger in the world a child. Missing Wetson’s and fun family memories of the early 70’s. Thank’s again!

    • The one in Hicksville is still there well the structure is.You can still see the rings.I pass it almost every day.

      • Is that the location that was turned into a used record store in the early 80s?

        • The record store you are thinking of was TITUS OAKS in a former Wetsons on the corner of Levittown Parkway and Old Country Road on the border of Hicksville and Westbury. When they were there it was almost the same on the outside … the Orange RIngs and the White Tiled exterior (Just added a Titus Oaks sign on the front where the old WETSONS sign used to be). After the record store closed it stayed like that for awhile when it was vacant but the new people (Dunkin Donuts???) redid it … no more orange rings or white tiled exterior. I was trying to find relatives of the original owners of Wetsons to let them know (just in case those were the last orange rings still in existence) in case they wanted them when they were removed … but wasn’t successful … gave up too soon I guess. I regret not trying longer … I miss driving by those orange rings.

          How can Ray pass it almost every day … the orange rings were taken down several years ago?
          What are the crossroads Ray, of the one you are talking about? Does Levittown Parkway go right into the parking lot entrance if you keep going straight?

          • Titus Oaks was a such great store loved going there and trading in my old CD’s and cassettes for new music. what great memories….back when there actually WAS a music scene!!!

        • yes Deb, and now a Dunkin Donuts

    • I remember the one at the corner of Oceanside Rd and Sunrise Hwy in Rockville Centre. It became a Arthur Treachers now a Taco Bell.

      • @Anonymous. The one on Sunrise and Oceanside Rd was first a Carvel then it was Joseph’s Hamburgers then Wetson’s. Ahh, the good old days. There were 2 Wetson’s in Valley Stream on Sunrise Hgwy. Also one in West Hempstead I believe on front street, across the street from White Castle. They were behind the old A&S and a little west.

    • I still remember the Hazlet location on Hwy. 36, we would fill the station wagon, all 7 of us and enjoy a very memorable experience. We grew in up in Keansburg just down the street, I can still taste the burgers. What a lost treasure this is.

    • Always went to the one in Roslyn on Northern Blvd…..Loved the burger because the pickles were much more tasty than McDonalds or BK…The crinkle cut fries were better than McDonalds or BK…Port Washington went years before we had a Burger King. I think the demise of Wetson’s was more due to mismanagement than the entry of McDonalds and BK into the market.

    • There was a Wetson’s on Flushing Avenue in Ridgewood Queens not listed.

    • A Wetsons Hamburger restaurant would be a nice alternative. I used to love their fries and Strawberry shakes, let alone their burgers.

    • Everyone forgot the one on Grand Avenue in North Baldwin, which is now a Dunkin Donuts.

    • Yes I Remember Wetson’s On Northern Blvd In LIttle Neck Queens, I Used To Go To Weton’s Hamburger Place For Lunch. The Food Was Excellent. I Love The Hamburger And The Pickles Was Very Tasty.

    • I went to the one in Valley Stream and YES they were the BEST BURGERS! Loves the simple cheese burger and the onions omg my mouth is watering just thinking of them now!

    • Wetson’s was my first job, I was 15 and worked on 86th St and 7th Ave in Brooklyn. The hamburgers were made on the grill by Greek men who actually cooked. Nothing was microwaved. We had shakes and apple pies also. The lines were out the door. Good food, Great friends and great memories!

    • Forgot the one on Braddock Avenue and Hillside Ave in Queens Village.

    • Your missing one. There was a Wetsons on Sunrise Highway in Bay Shore back in the 60’s.

    • Jamaica, NY Hillside Ave (now a car dealership)… that is wrong. It was the opposite side. It is now New Giant fruit stop. It also was a Nathan’s and an Arthur Treachers fish and chips!! I remember riding my bike early Saturday mornings with my father, sister, and neighborhood friends going for breakfast!! at Wetson’s. I was telling my children 15 and 21… that was Burger king and McDonald’s competition… along with (which came a few years later… not at all in the same location)~ Roy Roger’s!!

    • You neglected to mention Bellerose/Floral Park, on Jericho Tpke. That’s where I had many fond memories. Also, I think McDonalds stole the big W to make big mac.

    • The one in the corner of Oceanside road and sunrise hwy, in Rockville center,that turned into whether teachers to taco bell..awsome.i still live on the same block and talked about it all the time.all the orange seats I remeber.walking up with the family and sitting on the booths

  2. Good evening I worked at the Valley Stream Wetsons Location all through High School. I started working at the french fryer and the counter and worked my way up to the grill. I can remember coming in on the weekends at 6am and cutting, Blanching and preparing 300 lbs of french fries for the day. I used to travel to many of the other Wetson locations when a grill man called in. I worked in many of the stores within 20 miles of Valley stream. We used to work 40 to 50 hours a week back than unheard of these days for a high school kid. I believe i started out at 1.00 per hour. I think we had a total of 43 stores when i left Wetsons. I was inspired by a local Police Officer that occasionally stopped by to take the Nassau County Police Officer test. I passed the test and joined the Nassau County Police Dept. in 1967. I retired in 1990. I have since retired for a second time after Managing Five AMF bowling centers around the country. Great memories.

    • Thank you for sharing all of those wonderful memories and thank you for helping to keep people safe for all those years.

    • We used to live behind the VS Wetson’s which was built after we moved there. The noise drove my dad nuts but my brothers, Mike and Gene, both worked there and had good memories of it. Both ended up becoming police officers also. Small world

  3. I remember the Wetson’s on Middle Country Road in Lake Grove in the late 60s, just prior to the construction of the Smith Haven Mall. Best burgers ever.

  4. I loved the Wetson’s in Franklin Square, directly in front of St. Catherine of Sienna School…I will never forget a Friday after school when a bunch of us went there for hamburgers, and being caught leaving there by three of the Dominican Sisters…boy did we get in trouble! (this was in the 60’s) Catholic school students (in uniforms) eating hamburgers on Friday…WOW

  5. I went to the one in Bayshore New York on Long Island with my parents as a kid in late 60 early 70s. Life was so much simpler then in a good way

  6. The Old Country Road/Hicksville Wetsons eventually became a store that sold used and new records & tapes. It was called Titus Oaks. I used to spend a fortune at T.O. buying LPs in the late 80s to mid 90s. After a name change (to Music Arcade), the store went out of business. However, many of the store employees went on to work at Mr. Cheapo’s Record Exchange (Mineola), which is still in business today.

    • i remember wetsons on old country road when it changed to titus oaks nothing was changed it still had the orange rings i used to buy records there also i go to mr cheapos and that same heavy man is there who was at titus oaks

  7. Ha d avery good friend who worked in the back of a Wetson’s one summer. He and the other guy putting the burgers together had competitions every day – who could swat the most flies per burger. Ummmm Wetson’s!!

  8. I remember Wetsons at Sunrise and Horton Ave. Am I wrong?

  9. Brooklyn: Church ave and Ralph ave. when it closed it became a wonder bread outlet. I don’t remember what is at that location now.

  10. ate at far rockaway many times in the 60’s and 70’s. miss it.

  11. There were 2 Wetsons in Bridgeport CT
    One on Boston Avenue (US Route 1) and one on Main Street in downtown Bridgeport.

  12. Brooklyn, Location Empire Blvd corner of Utica Avenue across from White Castle and Cheverlet Car Dealership….Best Vanilla Shakes in the world

  13. There was also one on Route 440 in Jersey City NJ which was demolished. However, on that site now, there is a Pizza Hut.

  14. I worked on the one on Penn and Stanley ave.

  15. What happened to Jimmy and his pops… The one on Penn and Stanley, worked there for 2 yrs as a teen

  16. My husband George absolutely loved Wetson’s fries with some of the potato skins left on them!! They were great!!! I loved the burgers. .. We went to the Bayshore, Long Island NY one and sometimes the Freeport NY one. Wish they would bring it back…..

  17. I was just telling my husband about Wetson’s and the best childhood memoreis ever. Thank you so much for this article. It brought a tear or two, missing my dad who used to take me there.

  18. I remember they had fried chicken and when they decided to go out of business they offered a bucket of chicken for $1 so my parents must have bought 10 and stuck them in the freezer we were eating that fried chicken for a long time.

  19. I remember going to Wetson’s after school, in Bay Shore. Long Island,Sunrise Hwy with friends. My first hamburger,fries & milkshake. The best ever in the 70’s. We were so disappointed when they closed. I recall paying 15 cents for a burger & 10 cents for fries.

  20. I went to the one at the corner of Oceanside Rd and Sunrise Hwy in Rockville Centre.It was demolished to building a Arthur Treacher Fish and Chips then it became Taco Bell.

  21. There was one in Rockville Centre at the corner of Sunrise Hwy and Oceanside Rd. I lived two houses down and across the street on Oceanside Rd.1972-74.

  22. I used to go with my dad to the one in Bay Shore. I was just a kid, & he would make me go on a separate line than he, to use the the coupons. One day the cashier asked if he should put it all in a separate bag. I turned red, because I thought we did something illegal.lol Their hamburgers were good. I think maybe back then, they used real meat & all.

  23. The Wetson’s mentioned in Valley Stream was actually in Rosedale Queens. Next town going East is Valley Stream. It was on Sunrise Highway and Hook Creek Blvd.

    • Actually, the one in Valley Stream was on Sunrise Highway east of Green Acres.

    • The one in VS was on Sunrise Hgwy and Rockaway. The one in Rosedale was on Sunrise and Hook Creek.

      • The original Valley Stream Wetson’s was on Sunrise Highway between Stewart Pl and Astor Pl (now Valley Stream Honda Pre- Owned). It closed when they moved to the southwest corner of Sunrise & Rockaway Ave.

  24. There was one on Astoria Blvd in Astoria Queens. They gave away toy race cars with kids meals.

    • I remember that one – just up the block from the elevated train tracks, near the foot of the Triborough bridge – we ate there a lot!

  25. I remember a Wetson’s in Levittown, NY, on the North side of Hempstead Turnpike in the late 50’s and early 60’s. It is not on the list of locations. Does anyone else remember it?

    • looking for anyone that hung out at wetsons hempstead tpk

      • I used to hang out at Wetson’ on Hempstead Tpk with the hot rods back in the mid 60’s.

        • My father owned the wetsons in hempstead.also the wetsons in Franklin square.the only picture I’ve seen of a wetsons has a sunbeam alpine parked in the parking lot.that picture is the hempstead store and that car belonged to my father.

  26. Weston made the best double cheeseburgers on Long Island they melted the cheese I came all the way from queens to go to the Weston’s in Hicksville between old country rd. and Levittown Parkway it is part of history.and everyone I talk to say the samething. Thank you Weston …………

  27. We went to the one in Elmhurst, NY on Queens Boulevard and Woodhaven Boulevard.
    I was happy to find this since no one in my husbands family or any of my friends seem to remember Wetsons. Dad used to take us there as a treat when we’d been really good. But it was a luxury to eat out…even at 20 cents a burger!!

  28. I remember a Wetsons by Commonwealth Blvd. & Jericho Tpke, Bellerose, N.Y. Late 60s, early 70s, remember burgers 10 cents, anybody remember location and price, just down the block from original High Class Pizza and Pizza Hut which I remember turned into a used car dealer. Nothing like the 70s ,Bellerose, N.Y.

    • I used to stop in that Wetsons to get pea shooter straws. They had the good large diameter straws. LOL

    • Wetson’s was demolished and a Roosevelt Savings Bank was put up there. I’ve haven’t been back home in years. Last I heard, the location was a Queens County Savings Banks.

  29. Grandparents had a “pink house” right behind the fence of Wetson’s, on Old Country Road in Hicksville NY…when it was time to depart, grandma would run upstairs at the window above the fence and wave goodbye as we drove the car down Old Country Road back home to Flushing….What great memories, wonderful visits and what a treat when we were allowed a hamburger at Wetson’s

  30. Bring back Wetson’s.

  31. I remember going to the Bay Shore, Long Island location in 1966 with my mom in her red VW bug. Hamburgers were 15 cents at that time. It was a special treat to go there and I remember how I just loved their burgers! They were much better than Jack In The Box!

  32. Loved Wetsons BIG W yum!!! Fries and shakes boy friend \ then Husband work both location’s on S I NY,wish I could go back to those days!!!

  33. We used to walk to the New Hyde Park Wetson’s a little over a mile away. Brought back fond memories of my childhood 🙂

  34. I remember going to a Brooklyn location on Flatbush Ave 1968-1971. I don’t remember how the food tasted, but I remember I liked it and was sorry when the store closed down.

  35. There were two in the Bay Shore area, one on Sunrise Highway opposite the South Shore Mall and the other one on Sunrise Highway on the border of West Islip and Bay Shore. Last time I drove by a number of years ago the building was still there. I worked at that one in the early 70’s. What a great experience. I loved the busiest days because the day would fly by. We called the double cheeseburgers sliders because if you weren’t careful, when you put them up on the transfer ledge the top burger would slide off of the bottom one. Damn those burgers tasted good.

  36. The Wetsons on Glen St. In Glen Cove, NY wasn’t on the list! It is currently a McDonalds.
    The total years of both and they are still selling burgers and fries at that location.
    I once received a whole patato in my fry bag at the Weston in Roslyn!

    • I’m pretty sure the Wetson’s in Glen Cove was demolished to make room for
      an office building with store fronts. It was right between the Town and Glen
      Cove theater on Glen St.

      The Town theater building was later demolished for office space. As a kid
      attending St. Pat’s, we used to run around and play in the parking lot
      behind them during recess. I can remember Sister Angelica telling us not
      to go anywhere near Wetson’s – it was evil. So we let Dad do the buying.

  37. I remember the Weston’s on Hawkins Ave. My parents got divorced and Wetsons was the exchange point. My father would buy my sister and I burgers when he picked us up. Also remember the Jolly Roger ( vaguely ). We moved out west in 83 and felt like we moved to another planet. Things just seemed so different back in 70’s. I recall Fleetwood Mac was on the radio all the time ( dreams) ….. Wish I could take my kids w me and show them how it used to be.

  38. I remember one in Bellport, NY on Station Road off of Montauk Highway. It became a chicken barbecue place later in life. The building was still there last November (2014).

  39. Great web site! I loved Weston’s. We had one in New Hyde Park, and Franklin Square. So many have come and gone. I remember White Tower in Mineola, and Carol’s on Hempstead turnpike near a Great Easten Mills near Franklin Square. Then there was Hubie Burger with seeds on their buns. We had those chains before Burger King and McDonald’s arrived. But still to this day White Castle is my favorite. I have to drive 30 miles to get to it but it’s always worth it. My aunt used be be one of the roller skate girls who delivered your meal on a car window tray, back in the Bronx in the 1950’s. I always made my mother scrape off the onions back then….not now. geez…now I’m hungry. I might take that 30 mile drive tomorrow.

  40. there used to be a wetsons in Glen Cove , between two movie theaters. dose anyone remember ?

  41. I used to eat at the one in Hicksville when I worked a mile away. It was very reasonablea nd tasted great. Now to get my fix I go to All Americans in Massapequa when on Long Island.

    The reason Wetsons and All American burgers tasted and taste so good is they used hand separated premium ground beef. Now the big chains use mechanical separators and air jet hoses which give you grizzle and worse. That gives the chain burgers an off taste. Also the chains freeze the beef and the fries which again effect the taste

  42. I remember going to wetson’s and getting my hamburger and french fries for $.25 I lived in Valley Stream and went there often. It would be nice to have them back again old memories

  43. Some misguided soul hired my late Brother, Pete Walsh, as an assistant manger, maybe in 1969 or so. He realized the management counted the BUNS, but not the patties, and the CUPS, but not the amount of soda or shakes. So..all of his friends would come, order a plain burger, and get 4 patties on it, and a small soda, then come back for refills in Thick shakes.
    This was the Wetsons on Hempstead Ave in West Hempstead, NY

  44. I called my mother today to ask if she remembers Weston’s because I was recalling happy Sundays after church. We would stop in New Hyde Park (I think it was on New Hyde Park Road and Jericho Turnpike) right before the railroad tracks going into Garden City (where I lived) on Long Island. My brother and I would each get a couple of hamburgers (they were small) and the hot fries, which were greasy and delicious, and then eat our lunch in the car. The burgers always tasted fresh and hot and were a treat 🙂

  45. Back in the day of eating home cooked meals every day,Wetsons was a treat, when mom would buy burgers, fries and shakes that we would eat outside during the spring and summer months. Great memories.

  46. Was there a Wetsons at the current All American Burger location in Massapequa before it was All American?
    It had orange colors there way back..

  47. I used to live in Syosset when I was growing up. They had a location there on Jericho Turnpike, near Syosset hospital. It was understood that on the Weekends, when my Dad took us to Jones Beach, that we would stop there on the way home. Also went to the location when my parents took us to Jolly Roger. By today’s standards, the burgers probably wouldn’t get rave reviews, but when you are starving after a day at the beach, they tasted great. They also had a pretty good Fried Fish sandwich. Thanks for the memories. I can smell them while I;m typing this.

  48. I worked at the Freeport Station Wetson’s in the early ’60’s. First we’d make the fries. You’d throw whole potatoes into a large grating machine. Then you’d put each potato into a slicer, water them down, and fry them. We also had a big pot of melted american cheese. You would take a wooden spoon and add the cheese to a burger to make a cheeseburger. To a teen like me, this was heaven. Biggest problem was weekend mornings. We’d get the crowd leaving the Celebrity Club, a nearby heroin den, I think. I loved the food, the work was difficult, but it all made for great memories.

  49. Worked at the Wetson’s in Hicksville on Old Country Rd in 1964-1965 during the summers and after school. Was a great time. Burgers & Fries pickles & dehydrated onions also. I ate so many burgers they called me Wimpy. The fries were made the right way peeled in a electric cylinder cut length wise placed in tub of water over night, next day drain them dry, baste them a couple minutes 600 degrees of lard. Hang the baskets up and cook them fresh to a golden brown. Made ton’s of them. We had lines on Saturday & Sunday during the summer all day & night that didn’t stop. Great memories.

  50. Wetson Burgers

    What could I say, brings back memories, good ones. the one on queens blvd is where we went. I rember as a child haveing trouble trying to hold the burger and trying to bite in to it , very messy but fun . always a welcome feeling when going their, a treat for me. to bad it no longer exlst . its a real shame that the kids today cant experience Wetson Burger. every now and then I think about when I was a kid my friends and my family, and all the good times we had. and The Wetson Burger always a part of thoes good times.

  51. Jericho Turnpike/Jamaica Avenue, Bellerose, between Commonwealth Blvd and 91st Ave. Site is now a Queens County Savings Bank. Hot apple pie– served in a paper sleeve.

  52. My mind is blown. I am sitting here in Long Beach (CA that is) and the name just popped inot my head. Lived on Bell Air Rd in SI. P.S. 13. Moved upstate in ’73. Typed it in and bam, herethis is. Went to the one on Hylan Blvd a lot! Loved it. It was always a treat and a welcome relief from the turkey tetrazini, what ever the he’ll that was mom was making.
    Thanks for this. The pics brought it all back.
    Miss them days.

  53. As a young child in the early to mid 1960s I remember a Wetsons in Sayville, NY.11782, on the southeast corner of Lakeland Av. & Sunrise Hwy. I believe it was sold and became an “adult store” then an auto parts store. I was told there was never a Wetsons there. Please help me out. Thank you very much

  54. I remember the Wetsons in the Bronx I think there may have been one New Rochelle that was converted to a BK and noww DD

  55. During the 60’s I enjoyed going to Wetson’s in Norwalk, Ct. The burgers were fine for 20 cents. I may be wrong but I seem to remember their cheeseburger cost 5 cents more. At least the burgers and fries tasted like real food. There’s a strip shopping center on the site now. I really miss those days when a dollar went much farther than today.

  56. Brings back some old memories. Use to live on the Wetson and White Castle burgers that were across the street from one another on the border of where Hempstead met West Hempstead. .15 cent burgers at Wetsons, .12 cent burgers at White Castle(where when my father would drive up….he’d roll down the window half way…and the “waitress” would roller skate up to the car with a tray that hung on the window)……they also had a Sabaret hot dog stand that sold .25 dogs(with everything)(close by). Best cheese burgers ever at Wetsons. Starting to sound like my parents when I was young when they told me about “their good old days when everything cost a “nickel”…lol!! Nice to look back….when a dollar in your pocket went a long way.

  57. My brother wanted to go to McDonalds for his birthday when he was young. My parents brought him to the Lake Grove Wetson’s instead. He couldn’t read at the time so he didn’t know any better. We still talk about it.

  58. Worked at the Freeport location in the early 60’s. Owner Wetenson, had 2 sons. Errol who was a POS had married one of the Hemingway daughters, Didn’t last long as was expected. Total loser with no redeeming value..

  59. Who replaced Wetsons on Empire Blvd and Flatbush Avenue?

  60. We had a Weston’s on Rte 1, old post road in Greenwich (Riverside) CT. Sonny Wetson, the clown would frequently visit our elementary school (Dundee). I remember getting hamburger, fries and coke for less than $.50

  61. I was just telling my wife about Wetsons at Queens Blvd ans Woodhaven Blvd. every day on the way home from CCNY, I would have a fish fillet, fries and a drink while waiting for my bus. The fries were addictive

  62. There was another Wetsons on Staten Island, on Richmond Ave and the Pathmark shopping Center. It was a free standing unit. I remember because I named my dog Wetson.

  63. I used to work at Wetsons (early 60’s) in Freeport. Guy Lombardo (band leader from 50’s & 60’s) walked up to the window one day. He lived in Freeport. Had a white blazer on with his
    band’s gold crest emblazoned on the jacket. He got his hamburger and a server (not me) tried to help him with a plugged ketchup bottle. He wound up spraying ketchup on Lombardo’s white blazer. I thought the manager was going to turn blue. They offered to have it cleaned but Lombardo took it in stride and said he would take care of it. Today there would be a lawsuit.

  64. I worked at the Syosset Wetsons on Jericho Turnpike in 1966. I like their cheese burgers because we made them with melted cheese. An hour was considered busy if they took in $100, how thing have changed.

  65. Bellerose, new York best banana milkshake!!!

  66. I used to work at the three wetson’s on Staten Island the one on Hylan Boulevard was actually on the corner of burgher Avenue is an auto parts store across the street from Burger King 1 Forest Avenue is now a Dunkin Donuts and was ironically a block away from North Burger Avenue do you think they planned to put their stores the streets that had the word Burger in it? And the other one on Forest Avenue Best By Richmond Avenue and is now at McDonald’s the family that only three stores also had one in New Jersey that the crew was shuffled between the four stores. Best food in the world the best times we were actually a family and I remember a lot of the guys that used to work there. Wii sure had a lot of fun

  67. The original Valley Stream Wetson’s was on Sunrise Hwy between Stewart Pl. and Astor Pl. Today it is the site of Valley Stream Honda Pre Owned. They closed when they opened the Rockaway and Sunrise store. After closing they built a bank at the original location.

  68. Was the All-American Burger on Merrick Road in Massapequa originally a Wetsons? Someone else asked this before but I didn’t see a response; hope somebody knows.

  69. We had one in Syosset. We talk about it all the time. Most people who still remember it think it was better than McDonalds and Buger King. I do. Great fries great shakes. Ah memories.

  70. I recall the highlight of a visit to the Weston’s in bay shore was feeding the ducks in the pond. Later on a putt putt went up not far from there

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