In 1954, the Bresler’s Ice Cream Company was looking to get into the burgeoning drive-thru industry pioneered by McDonald’s. To do this, they created Henry’s Hamburgers. The venture was a success: Henry’s had 35 locations in the Chicago area by 1956, expanding out to 200 total locations by the early 60s.
The ’70s, however, were not so lucrative for the chain. Henry’s fast-food competitors McDonald’s and Burger King grew in popularity during that decade, thanks to consistent new additions to their menus and robust national marketing budgets. Henry’s didn’t have the resources to keep up, and was eventually swallowed up by the competition. Today, just one location remains in Benton Harbor, Michigan.