3.12.09

KELLY'S HAMBURGERS



KELLY'S HAMBURGERS

Had several locations - such as Warwick Avenue by
Governor Francis Farms & Olneyville.

"A lot of us grew up hanging out there.

This is great stuff, it brings a tear to a grown man's eye!" - Greg Page

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  1. We had one of these in New London on Coleman Street. My first evah fast food hamburger. They had great clam fritters too. McDonald's moved in across the street - the OLD style Micky's with about 4 tables in the joint. This wrecked Kelly's business. Later Burger King moved into Kelly's location after Kelly's floundered on for a few more years.

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    1. That's the one we used to go to in the mid sixties. I remember the "Rico Petrocelli Power Pack" being advertised on the radio. I also remember the McDonald's across the street, the burgers cost a few cents more but the national advertising gave them a better rep...

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    2. On my return from Vietanam (Swift Boats) I lived off base on Coleman Street, right down the street from McDonald's and Kelly's Burgers. I was a waiter at Don Pablo's Mexican Restaurant near by. Concur on Kelly's clam fritters...anyone have a good recipe for them?

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    3. Ahhhhhhh Kelly's. Yes the best in New London. Was a treat to go there with my parents. Then off to A&W down the street Good memories, one thing people can't take away from you.

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  2. My mother used to takes us kids to the Taunton Ave location in E. Providence every week in the early 70`s.

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  3. We also had a "Kelly's Hamburgers" in Norwich CT. One evening Boston Red Sox shortstop Rico Petrocelli made a guest appearance (turns out that he was a part owner.

    Bill Connor
    Smyrna, Delaware

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  4. I walked by the Kellys on North main St. in Providence every Saturday on the way home from Sullivan's Bowling lanes. I'd stop and buy clam cakes or a cheeseburger and a shake, all for less than 25 cents.

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  5. Kelly's also had a location in olneyville on Hartfiord Avenue, where Burger King is today behind the gas station... Fond memories...

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    1. Yes that's the one I remember in olneyville, I used to love going there as a kid, it's now a burger king, seems like a few that I've heard of are now burger kings I wonder if that's who bought Kelly's out

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  6. I'm fairly certain the was a Kelly's situated on Taunton Ave in East Providence (RI), right where a Burger King stands today.

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    1. I remember when that Kelly's opened. It was the first 15 cent hambuger place I ever saw. We had a choice of a hambuger or a wiener for the same price. :)

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    2. Yes you are absolutely right we used to go to Kelly's hamburgers years before Burger King even existed Rite in East Providence on Taunton Avenue so long ago the good old days East Providence Rhode Island

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    3. Yes you are right and right across the street was Warwick Shoppers World Newport Creamery and Ames department store my father would buy a bag of burgers for $1 so long ago miss those days

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  7. in the mid 60's...or so... we used to scavenge the parking lot around the old auditorium for loose change (perhaps after a patron or two had a brew too many)so we could go to kelly's for a burger and fries... those WERE the days,
    dave meyers
    formerly of tenth street..

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  8. ANYONE REMEMBER THE LEMON ICE STAND ON PEQUOT AV NEXT TO WHERE STASHES CAFE IS TODAY? WE'D GO THERE AFTER CRABBING ACROSS THE STREET BY NEW LONDON MILLS FACTORY,USED TO GET BLUESHELL CRABS BY THE BUSHEL FROM THE THAMES RIVER IN CT.

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  9. anybody know the name of the nightclub @ the shipyard in the '60's ?

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    1. i believe that would be the Copper Galley

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  10. I'm not sure about Rico Petrocelli owning any of Kelly's. My ex wife's family, the Ryan's of Providence owned it. My ex was in the commercials and I still have a few Kelly's pencils.

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    1. Was Kelly's a national chain or was it just a RI enterprise?

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    2. Tony Ryan was my dad's boss. I was in a parade in probably '67 or '68 in the Kelly's float (which was my dad's Mustang).

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  11. I remember Kelly's on Main Street, used to stop there and eat grilled cheese sandwiches after delivering the newspapers.

    I'd give my right arm to have that taste again...bittersweet...

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  12. I can remember going to Kelly's Hamburgers with my parents as a kid in the late 1960's. There was one in Cambridge, Massachusetts across from where the current Alewife T stop is today. This place was also a drive in with girls who would bring the food out to your car.

    Does anyone remember this?

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    1. Yes, as a kid we hopped onto the side of freight trains and road along what is now the Minuteman Bikeway to Kelly's

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  13. I remember going to Kelly's Hamburgers with my family in the late 60's on Grand Army Highway Rt 6 Somerset Ma. Today I drove by the Pizza Hut thats there now and told my wife that thats were I would be eating right now! "If it was still a Kelly's Hamburger!!!"

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  14. The one in Norwich is now a Dunkin Donuts. I still remember the red and white exterior and the fries that came in a little box like you get at a carnival. Just a sweet distant memory from the twilight of my life gone like burger chef.

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  15. I remember Rico P. at Kelly's on N. Main St. To make an exit he threw out a baseball and when the kids went for it, he jumped in a car and sped off. Hey Dave Meyers of 10th Street, it's Steve Seddon of Eleventh Street. Remember me?

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  16. I woeked at kelly's hamburgers in Warwick in 1969. John Greene was the manager, George D'saia and Bob Petty were the district managers. Some of the employees that I worked with Bob Small, Jim Sprague,Ron Fargnoli,Dennis Gallant, Bob Roque, Steve Abrahamson, Paul Tognetti, Jimmy martin. I remember Bozo the Clown came one day.

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    1. Where was it located ??? On Warwick Ave near Governer Francis Farms ??? Thanks

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    2. I believe Kelly's was the restaurant my father always took me to when I was a young boy. I remember they had a hamburger sauce that was delicious.. do you recall what it was ? john.marsten1@gmail.com

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    3. I believe Kelly's was the restaurant my father always took me to when I was a young boy. I remember they had a hamburger sauce that was delicious.. do you recall what it was ? john.marsten1@gmail.com

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    4. Yes, it was on Warwick Ave near GFF. I think an A&W had preceded it there, and after it closed, they built a bank branch there. I worked there in 1972 and John, George, Bob S, Jim, Steve A, and Paul were still there. I think Bob P had been replaced by Pat (Patrick) by then. Also working there then were Pat (Patricia), Darla, and Pete.

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  17. ahhh, this is the old burger place that had a burger called the "topper" like a BK whopper wasn't it ?

    I used to like going there as a kid and getting the grown up burgers when I was about 5. and am 43 now... o.O

    also, does anyone recall there being one on elmwood avenue on public right near potters ?

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    1. the Topper was their signature "large" burger Yes !!

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  18. Kelly's hamburgers was in Lowell,Mass. area where I still live now.we had two of them in the city.I did not know that it was a national franchise restaurant.I only thought it was local.There is a Kelly's hamburgers restaurant inTexas but I don't think it is part of the old Franchise restuarant.

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  19. I worked at the Warwick"s Kelly's in 67 for John Greene, who was also my next door neighbor. I have so many fond memories there. I went to Pilgrim High School while working there, and my group of friends, mostly surfers hung out there. It was a great place to socialize and work all at once, when not working it was our hangout. John was a good boss and friend.

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    1. Remember eating there as a young boy.. the hamburger sauce was to die for... do you know what it was ? john.marsten1@gmail.com

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    2. Remember eating there as a young boy.. the hamburger sauce was to die for... do you know what it was ? john.marsten1@gmail.com

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    3. We had a great time hanging out there.

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  20. My dad worked at the N. Main St. location sometime in the late 60's, was just telling me a couple nights ago about hockey players from the auditorium trying to pay for burgers with Canadian money.. and making a few extra bucks from hockey fans park in the lot (he was adamant that it was not on purpose.. "here kid, we'll back for a burger in a few"). And there's still no parking there.. my buddy owns the Penalty Box bar which is still in the original location.

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  21. I remember Kelly's in Olneyville. They sponsored a team in the Olneyville Little League and would also give you a free hamburger for A's on your report card. I also remember the North main Street one, but not the others

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  22. Can someone please settle a question? Was there ever a Kelly's in Groton, CT? I say no, but some say there was one for a while where Topsy's used to be. Please be the referee.

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  23. The Kellys I remember was at the end of Elm St. in Gardner, MA, across from Mister Donut. I recall they had their own version of a Big Mac called "The Topper". The bun must have been about 8 inches around! Good stuff! This was between 1968 and 1970. Used to eat lunch there often while a student at Mount Wachusset Com Col. Ah memories....

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  24. My dad was a manager when I was a little girl. The one in EP and I think the one in Somerset, MA.
    We knew Rico Petrocelli very well.
    They also had really good clam cakes.
    The Topper was HUGE (but I was a kid)

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  25. I was an assistant manager at Kelly's in the early seventies on North Main Street and Smithfield Avenue. I met my wife in the north Main Street store.

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    1. North Main next to the Arena??

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    2. I was also an assistant manager at Kelly's on North Main Street and Smithfield Avenue in the early sevevties. I also met my wife while working in the North Main store. How ironic is that ?

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  26. Was the Kelly`s on No. Main in Prov next to the RI Auditorium?

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  27. I remember the sandwich called the TOPPER

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  28. They used to give out Super Balls when you punched a card they gave you

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    1. That would probably be forbidden today; choke hazard.

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  29. I worked at a Kelly's on N. Main in Providence, RI in either 1964 or 1965. I hated it. I could smell the fries and burgers cooking and couldn't eat any except for my dinner break. I was pretty good on the grill, but terrible at the window.

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  30. There was a Kelly's on Broad St in Providence, down near Central High School, next to the Dunkin' Donuts. They turned it into a McDonalds. There was one on Warwick Ave also, near Gov Francis shopping center, they tore it down to put up a bank, the bank used to be People's.

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  31. We had a Kelly's on Walton Way in Augusta, GA

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  32. We used to have two Kelly's hamburger's restaurants in Lowell,Mass.I heard that the franchise closed down because of the hamburgers were being made out of horsemeat.

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  33. I remember getting the cheese sandwiches on a roll for $.15 each.

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  34. I remember getting grilled cheese on the roll for $.15.

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  35. There was one in Savannah GA in the 193260. I had no idea it was a franchise.

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  36. Fresh Pond in Cambridge Ma. Had a Kellys, the best fries and burgers

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  37. There was a Kelly's in Bristol during the early 70s. Building is still there as Agave Restaurant. Was the Topside for many years.

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  38. There was one in Springfield MA in the 60's

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  39. Kelly's, home of the TOPPER!... any coincidence that Burger Kings is now where Kelly's used to be and they sell the WHOPPER?? Those Toppers were delicious!...Whoppers, not so much....

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  40. Kellys in Springfield, Mass I beleive it was next to Channel 40 or real close to it. I remember walking in going up one or two steps to the counter to place your order, then getting a tray of burgers then going to your left up two or three steps into the dinning room. mid to late sixtys

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  41. Kellys in Springfield, Mass I beleive it was next to Channel 40 or real close to it. I remember walking in going up one or two steps to the counter to place your order, then getting a tray of burgers then going to your left up two or three steps into the dinning room. mid to late sixtys

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  42. The sign said Kelly's 5¢ Hamburgers near the RI Auditorium.
    Parked one time in the sloping lot and my father's 1960 Ford slid down sideways two spaces on the ice!
    Lucky it didn't hit anything.

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  43. Yes, Kelley's was next to Channel 40 in Springfield. As a 8-year old in 1968, I remember meeting Rico Petrocelli and getting his autograph there. Great food - loved the chocolate milkshakes!

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  44. I worked in the East Providence location as well as Govennor Francis, Farms, South Providence. My dad sold advertising for WPRO TV and that is how I got the job through the owner, Tony Ryan. One of the unique things about Kelly's was we served clam cakes as well as french fries. They also served hot dogs. It was the first place I ever saw a micro wave oven.

    One summer I even worked on the maintenance crew, traveling from store to store painting trash cans and staining the wooden decks that many of the stores had. My brothers and I even appeared in TV ads because all they had to do was feed us.

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