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    Lyric Piano Company/Burger Chef

    There is a building in downtown Cincinnati, on Race between 6th and 7th, that I'm quite taken with. I was wondering if anybody knew anything about it. It's across from the old Shilito's department store and has a very ornate white facade with the words "Lyric Piano Company" engraved above the second floor, and an inset balcony on the top floor

    A google search for the LPC turned up just two results: a mention in a Northern Illinois university page (the college owns the records of the Wurlitzer Piano Company, which apparently contain the meeting minutes of the Lyric Company from 1909-1937), and this article published in CityBeat in 2002:

    http://www.citybeat.com/2002-11-21/blight.shtml

    An interesting thing to note here: the article says that Hardee's signed a 99-year lease which is due to expire in 2049. (And seriously, as a side note here, what brainiac thinks it's good business to give a 99-year lease -- a STABILIZED one -- to HARDEE'S? Has to be the least appetizing "food" establishment ever. Does it even still exist?) Anywho, the point is that the Hardee's there, while still bearing a visible sign, is boarded up, so something must have happened since this article. Either the restaurant just closed and Hardee's corporation still owns it (if it still exists) or somebody bought out the lease, as the article mentions being an option at the time. If the latter, I can't see that anything has been done with it, at least from the outside of the building. Still in pretty bad shape, no visible signs of management, and this is with the Shilito's building having been converted into condos.

    I'm going to do some more research, but I know we have some city history buffs here so I wanted to see if anybody knew anything about it offhand. It is a really beautiful building, and I am very curious to know whether anything is being done with it, and also what it was. I mean, two google results for this piano company that was still around as recently as sixty years ago? Has anybody heard of it? Anybody got a Lyric piano in a basement somewhere?

    If it's for sale, I say we have the world's biggest bake sale and turn it into a sound studio, for historical reverence and to liven Cincinnat's arts community, with maybe a baseball card trading shop on the first floor.
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    Hmm. From a little more google searching it appears to have once been a Burger Chef (what the flip is a Burger Chef?), and Burger Chef owned the building until it sold it to Hardee's last year, then just last month Hardee's sold it to a couple for $150,000. Dang, my baseball card sound studio and I just missed it.

    I think this picture is of the back of it.

    I realize I'm talking to myself.
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    Burger Chef! What, no Jeff?

    Hardee's is still around but I thought they were merging with Carl's Jr. and all the restaurants were gona be Carl's Jr.s but I still see Hardee's around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vaticanplum View Post
    Hmm. From a little more google searching it appears to have once been a Burger Chef (what the flip is a Burger Chef?), and Burger Chef owned the building until it sold it to Hardee's last year, then just last month Hardee's sold it to a couple for $150,000. Dang, my baseball card sound studio and I just missed it.

    I think this picture is of the back of it.

    I realize I'm talking to myself.
    You don't remember Burger Chef?!!!

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    Btw, that is an awesome building. I vaguely remember it.

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    I find it fitting somehow that I'm looking for architectural/musical/historical information, but everybody jumps all over the freaking Burger Chef.

    It was seriously a big thing? What, like a chain?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vaticanplum View Post
    I find it fitting somehow that I'm looking for architectural/musical/historical information, but everybody jumps all over the freaking Burger Chef.

    It was seriously a big thing? What, like a chain?
    Oh, don't be a pooh!

    Yeah kind of a rinky-dink chain in the midwest and midsouth (Tennessee). Defunctus est.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaticanplum View Post
    I find it fitting somehow that I'm looking for architectural/musical/historical information, but everybody jumps all over the freaking Burger Chef.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaticanplum View Post
    I find it fitting somehow that I'm looking for architectural/musical/historical information, but everybody jumps all over the freaking Burger Chef.

    It was seriously a big thing? What, like a chain?
    When I was a kid in Lima, Burger Chef was bigger than McDonalds and Burger King. They had Star Wars posters and Cincinnati Reds stuff!
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    My wifes GS troop went on a field trip to Burger Chef, my friends first job was at the BC.. his first night the manager gave him a salt shaker and told him to kill all the slugs in the parking lot.


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    I'm sorry, VP, this has got to be something of a Lisa Simpson moment. Genuine curiosity shot down by lowest common denominator pop culture dreck.


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