Actually my first offical job ever was at a Harrdees resturant. It was Burger Chef before then and I have many of the same childhood memories as you do. The best ever was a kids meal contraption that ended up being a big sailing boat. Even had a plastic hull and keel so you plop it in the bathtub.
There are a few Hardees resturants around. Actually, I kind of like their food. It used to be horrible, but now they make these "thick burgers" that are actual hamburgers (read: not paper thin patties) and their fries are decent too. I'm a fan of a mushroom and swiss myself.
PS: THANKS TO WOY FOR THE NEW AVITAR
PPS: Oh yea, nice building VP.