Lance's Journal: The Tastee Inn and Out Has Served Lincoln for 64 Years

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If you live in or around the Capital City, you've probably driven by it a hundred times. And if you're like most Lincolnites, you've probably eaten there hundreds of times.

The Tastee Inn and Out is an iconic Lincoln business.

The year was 1948, Jug Jorgenson opened up the Tastee Inn drive-thru restaurant at 48th and Holdrege. As the years went by, generations of Lincolnites fell in love with Tastee burgers and onion chips.

And now, 64 years later, it is Lincoln's oldest existing drive-thru restaurant.

Linda Taylor has been making onion chips since her dad Ben bought the place in 1971. Linda's been the owner since '07.

Even after 40 years, she's still astounded at the many generations of nostalgic Tastee fans, "It is amazing, people from all around they'll come back at Christmas time and they'll want to get all the onion chips and Tastees they can get. We've shipped them all over the United States."

Kristi Cox is the assistant manager and the owner's daughter, "Honestly, I'm not sick of the food, I've worked here pretty much my whole life and i still think it's delicious, I still love it and I tell everybody if they haven't tried it they really need to try it and they'll be hooked."

Shooting this Tastee story got me thinking, just what are the eldest active eateries in the Capital City. And as far as I can tell, Lee's Chicken holds the Lincoln longevity crown, they got started in 1945.
The Tastee Inn is tied at number 2 with Virginia's Cafe, both began in 1948.

And then the very next year, both Runza and The Steakhouse opened in 1949. Valentino's got underway in 1957 and Misty's was founded in 1965.


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