John's Awful Awful Drive-In

John's Awful Awful Drive-In

John’s Awful Awful Drive-In was an early iconic endeavor of Muncie restaurateur John Towriss. The drive-in was started in the late 50’s as a drive up burger stand called John’s Drive-In, and was one of the first restaurants on McGalliard Rd. The original building was torn down in 1964 to build a full restaurant with indoor seating, which is when it was renamed “John’s Awful Awful Drive-in.”

John’s Awful Awful’s signature burger was a double burger called the “awful awful,” and they were also known for hand-breaded tenderloins. Their slogan was “awful big, awful good,” and the business later added a second location in Hartford City. In 1977, Towriss and wife Carolyn closed the Awful Awful, renovating and expanding the building into a new venture, a Mexican restaurant called One Accord. This restaurant was open until the 1990s and the site was sold to Chili’s in 1997, which remains there today.


john's awful awful gallery (photos from lost muncie)

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