Sandy’s Restaurant Logo (on an original napkin)

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Here’s the short, sad saga of my foray into the world of fast-food jobs. It was in the early 1970s, in Lawton OK, when I needed another job. I applied at McDonald’s and got hired right away to be a cashier. I had a uniform and everything. The day of my interview I specifically mentioned our plans of going out of town for Thanksgiving. I was told there would be no problem with that. I began work, and all was good. The job was just right for a part time job for me, and I enjoyed it. A week later, as the holiday approached, I mentioned that I would not be there for a couple of days, as we still had our going out of town plans. I was assured that this was fine with them, come back when we got back in town. So, off we went. On our return, I went in to my regular job schedule, only to be told I had no job after all. What? How could this be? Now what was I going to do? I really needed a job to earn some money.

I was in a state…what do I do now? I went on down the road to another fast-food restaurant to put in my application. This place was called Sandy’s. It was a lot like McDonald’s, but better. The menu was more interesting, and very good. I was hired immediately, so I didn’t have to come home with no job to my name. I worked at Sandy’s for quite a long time, until we moved to Germany. The boss, and the other employees were very nice and fun to work with. I was a cashier there, too. When a customer would come into the restaurant, we were all to say, with enthusiasm, “May I help you?” We loved doing that, and we’d make it into a contest to see which register station the customer would choose. As it was winter, we had some snowy days, and those days brought in the most customers, it seemed. I had a lot of fun working there. Later on, when we were back stateside, and were stationed at Ft. Sill, again, I was disappointed to learn that Sandy’s restaurant was no longer there. I found out it had been merged/taken over by a Hardee’s restaurant.

Even today I miss the food from the Sandy’s menu, and wish I had some more. They had a large burger called the Big Scott. It was similar to the Big Mac, but had shredded cabbage, and a sweet relish sauce that was oh so good. There was the hi-lo double cheeseburger, and a deep fried pork tenderloin on a bun, that was a favorite of mine.

Do any of you remember having a Sandy’s restaurant where you lived? 🙂


Thanks for visiting! Peace }i{

© 2017 BS


12 responses »

  1. The “Sandy’s” name didn’t immediately ring a bell, so I just assumed we didn’t have any in Tulsa. But as I played on the internet, I found a site that confirms that were at least two locations in Tulsa. As I read the comments and descriptions, I did vaguely remember the buildings and locations, although I don’t remember going inside. Here’s the site I was playing on in case you’re interested: http://sandys.out-2-eat.com/OldSite/sandys.html (The site is a little wonky, and sometimes the pictures don’t load the first few times, but it’s still interesting to poke around.)

    • Thanks, Brian! I did have a look at the site, and it was interesting to read some of the memories people posted about Sandy’s. I hadn’t come across this site before. I don’t think we had one here in our city that I know of, either. Wish they were still around. 🙂

  2. We didn’t have a Sandy’s, but there were others: Red Barn, Baskin Robbins 31 Ice Cream Flavors, and A & W Restaurant (complete with carhop service!) There was also a tiny store that sold candy & nuts. I remember the cashews were warm under lights and in the winter the windows would steam up…such good memories!

    • I think the Sandy’s went out of business later on. We never had one in my home town, though. Wonderful you have McDonald’s! I wonder if the food is the same as here, or a little bit different? Once we were in Japan, and went to a Pizza Hut for a pepperoni pizza. It came out with bologna lunch meat on it instead! haha! 🙂

      • Haha, you’re right. As we have added spices into Chinese food. 😀😁
        It’s true thar Asia is the fastest-growing market for American fast food though, and all these chains are trying to find a placce to come up with new dishes to please local tastes. So yeah not everything is exactly the same as it is in the States or any other country. New menus with new items are being made to please the locals and are adapting to the local tastes.

      • Yes, this is true, and it is a good thing to do. Pleasing the customer is important to the businesses. Even here in the states, from one to another, the menus are a bit different. 🙂

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