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Old 11-04-2010, 04:21 PM   #1
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Default Mearl's Drive-In to Become Habit Burger Grill

Mearl's Drive In in Visalia California was closed in 2006, it was our Mel's version from American Graffiti. Just announced the Habit Burger Grill has plans to give it a face lift. The historic building will go through a drastic change, and hopefully keep some of it's nostalgic charm it had in it's hay-day. Some people disagree with the new changes, but I welcome change. The building has been vacant for four years and has been vandilized and several things stolen from the premises. I attached some before, after, and future pics!
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Old 11-05-2010, 02:55 AM   #2
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they opened a Habit burger near where i live in Orange County CA , and they're a pretty good burger . Not the best , but deffinatley not the worst . Always clean and efficiant.
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Old 11-05-2010, 03:46 AM   #3
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Yeah, I had a burger habit, but they put me on the portabella mushroom patch, not too bad if you put enough cheese and ketchup on them...
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Old 11-05-2010, 07:42 AM   #4
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beats the hell out of jack in the box.
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Old 11-05-2010, 08:01 AM   #5
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I'm glad to see the building is going to be saved. It's been a landmark around there for a long time. Keep us posted with the progress.
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Old 11-05-2010, 08:04 AM   #6
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Why not get in touch with the franchisee and suggest setting up a cruise night once the joint is open - show some local support for the new business and get yourself a new cruising venue. This approach worked out great with the Broiler.
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Old 11-05-2010, 08:35 AM   #7
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Mearl's food was never that great, and not very clean either. I went to high school in Visalia '99-'02 It was a fun place to park the '56 though.....I wish it had been restored while I still lived there. That will be a great car show spot. Too bad they can't leave the name alone and fix the place up. It's a landmark!
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Old 11-05-2010, 11:34 AM   #8
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that was allways the friday night spot when i lived there . get you something to eat and go cruise mooney blvd .
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Old 11-17-2010, 09:02 PM   #9
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It's about time. I'm tired of watching paint chips falling off into the parking lot. Step one: fumigate, fumigate, fumigate!

I'm actually really happy someone's going to give Merle's it's life back.
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Old 11-17-2010, 09:19 PM   #10
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That's cool. I didn't realize that y'all had a drive in like that.
I miss the original Fat Jack's (on Blacktone) in Fresno.
Some folks also tried to revive the old MARS Drive in, but they put it on west Shaw Ave., in a not real busy strip mall- bombed.
Hopefully, this joint has lots of success.
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:51 PM   #11
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That's cool. I didn't realize that y'all had a drive in like that.
I miss the original Fat Jack's (on Blacktone) in Fresno.
Some folks also tried to revive the old MARS Drive in, but they put it on west Shaw Ave., in a not real busy strip mall- bombed.
Hopefully, this joint has lots of success.
I'm with you on that. Never really cared for Fat Jacks.
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Old 11-21-2010, 11:00 PM   #12
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I've always liked Fat Jacks. They moved from Blackstone years ago when it started getting REALLY seedy in the neighborhood, as opposed to the standard level of seedy on the south end of Blackstone. I used to sit in my work van on the south side of the building and watch the drug dealers on bicycles make deals at the stop sign. OK kids, roll 'em up!

I'm glad to see someone is doing something with Mearles. I drove by there for the first time in years about a month ago and was really saddened. Used to cruise Mooney back in the early 80's and hung out there a lot. Was kind of scurvy even back then but that's the allure when you're 16, right?
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Old 11-21-2010, 11:07 PM   #13
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mmmmm habit burger. it's just as good as in-n-out PLUS you can add bacon!
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Old 03-05-2011, 05:18 PM   #14
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As with building a hot rod or rebuilding the Broiler, supporting these historic gathering places as they come back to life is soooo important. What do you think..HAMB cruise to Visalia? I'll talk to the guys at the Broiler and see who'd like to go up for the grand opening.

http://www.ci.visalia.ca.us/civica/f...sp?BlobID=9554

Former Mearle’s site to get modern-day makeover that pays tribute to historical significance of 70-year-old structure
Melding the memories of the past—the Shake on the Sign Stays—with a modern day look, Visalia residents got a sneak-peek at the renderings of The Habit Burger Grill prior to the Site Plan Review
meeting Oct. 27. “The Habit is excited to be moving forward with our preliminary plans for a new restaurant in Visalia,” said Russ Bendel, CEO for The Habit Burger Grill. “We appreciate the historical significance of this site and are looking forward to working toward the creation of a new Habit Burger Grill that will recognize
and honor the beloved legacy of Mearle’s and the impact it has had on the City and its residents. As The Habit continues to grow, Visalia is a wonderful community for us to be a part of and we look forward to serving future generations of burger lovers here.”
The historical significance of this 70-year-old structure will be shown with a scale model display of Mearle’s encased within the dining area, and a historical photographic gallery just off of the main seating area. The Habit will maintain Mearle’s footprint with access from Mooney Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue. It will feature a drive-though window and indoor and patio seating. Plans will be reviewed by the City’s Historic Preservation Advisory Committee. A conditional-use permit for the restaurant and drive-through is also needed. “Over the years, Mearle’s College Drive-In has been a remarkable place and has meant so much to so many people,” said local historian Terry Ommen. “Within its walls, relationships were formed, friendships were strengthened and business deals were made. “Now this Visalia icon is about to begin a new chapter. Officials of The Habit recognize the historic treasure they are about to occupy and promise to ‘preserve as much of Mearle’s history as we can.’ Once again, this building known as Mearle’s will bring people together and new memories will take shape.”
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Old 03-05-2011, 06:44 PM   #15
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You all are so lucky,,,,,,,,,,
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As with building a hot rod or rebuilding the Broiler, supporting these historic gathering places as they come back to life is soooo important. What do you think..HAMB cruise to Visalia? I'll talk to the guys at the Broiler and see who'd like to go up for the grand opening.

http://www.ci.visalia.ca.us/civica/f...sp?BlobID=9554

Former Mearle’s site to get modern-day makeover that pays tribute to historical significance of 70-year-old structure


Melding the memories of the past—the Shake on the Sign Stays—with a modern day look, Visalia residents got a sneak-peek at the renderings of The Habit Burger Grill prior to the Site Plan Review
meeting Oct. 27. “The Habit is excited to be moving forward with our preliminary plans for a new restaurant in Visalia,” said Russ Bendel, CEO for The Habit Burger Grill. “We appreciate the historical significance of this site and are looking forward to working toward the creation of a new Habit Burger Grill that will recognize
and honor the beloved legacy of Mearle’s and the impact it has had on the City and its residents. As The Habit continues to grow, Visalia is a wonderful community for us to be a part of and we look forward to serving future generations of burger lovers here.”
The historical significance of this 70-year-old structure will be shown with a scale model display of Mearle’s encased within the dining area, and a historical photographic gallery just off of the main seating area. The Habit will maintain Mearle’s footprint with access from Mooney Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue. It will feature a drive-though window and indoor and patio seating. Plans will be reviewed by the City’s Historic Preservation Advisory Committee. A conditional-use permit for the restaurant and drive-through is also needed. “Over the years, Mearle’s College Drive-In has been a remarkable place and has meant so much to so many people,” said local historian Terry Ommen. “Within its walls, relationships were formed, friendships were strengthened and business deals were made. “Now this Visalia icon is about to begin a new chapter. Officials of The Habit recognize the historic treasure they are about to occupy and promise to ‘preserve as much of Mearle’s history as we can.’ Once again, this building known as Mearle’s will bring people together and new memories will take shape.”



Adriene is awsome. Thanks for all you did for the Broiler and now maybe this.
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:48 PM   #17
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Adriene is a awesome! We worked very hard along with all of our HAMB family to pull off an impossible save. This (Mearle's)was always on our minds, look it up. I even asked Humbolt Cat to work on this one as we were working on the Broiler.

Glad to see the Habit has taken this on. Used to visit the one in Santa Clarita-Saugus, was pretty good!
Can't wait to visit it in the Bird or the roadster,last time I had the bird there was 93.
Way too long of a hiatus.
Congrats to all who worked on this this 1940's American Drive-In.
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Old 03-08-2011, 01:40 AM   #18
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Thats great news ! My wife is from the area and we ate there back in the 70's. Can't forget the Orange Blossom Festival, Mooney Blvd cruise and Mooney's Grove
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Such kind words, thanks everyone. This save belongs to the Visalia folks. It will be exciting to watch as the new Mearle's/Habit emerges!
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Adriene is awsome. Thanks for all you did for the Broiler and now maybe this.
Please let us know when it opens !!! Thanks
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