f/8 and Be There
Fred Lynch


Posted Monday, May 23, 2011, at 7:30 AM

Frony shot this picture of asphalt paving in front of the Dari-Castle, date unknown. A sign out front reads "Hamburgers 7 for $1."

July 25, 1958 Southeast Missourian ad

Now Open to Serve You

Dari-Castle Drive-In

1028 Kingshighway, North

Soft Serve Products--Including Cones, Malts, Shakes, Sundaes, Coke, Root Beer, Orange

French Fries, Cole Slaw

Regular and Jumbo Hamburgers

Cheeseburgers, Fish Sandwiches

Chicken and Shrimp Basket

Carry Out, Curb and Counter Service

Jim and Alma Haynes, Owners & Operators

Dari-Castle was open for business as late as 1974 when Barb's Dari-Castle was a sponsor for the annual Kiwanis Club Golden Check Gift Certificate.


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  • notice there isn't anybody standing around holding the "keep-off" sign ?

    how the heck did they do it ?

    -- Posted by Rick* on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 2:41 PM
  • Hmmmm, Mapquest puts this at the former Rhodes bait shop convenience mart, across from the now Houch's Donuts.

    I vaguely remember the sign - but what I most remember about that location was the two Gulf service stations side by side, wondering how did that work?

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 7:37 PM
  • I remember it as being where the Fireplace Center is.

    -- Posted by Red Devil on Tue, May 24, 2011, at 8:20 AM
  • It was behind Food Giant, yes, probably where Fireplace Center is. The ice cream was great; a very custardy flavor; only one kind of ice cream machine made it; the only other machines I am aware of were in Campbell, MO (by the overpass) and Paragould, Ark. Yummy.

    -- Posted by JungleJim on Tue, May 24, 2011, at 4:16 PM
  • I remember it as being where the Fireplace Center is. -- Posted by Red Devil on Tue, May 24, 2011, at 8:20 AM

    Ahhhh, that fits the puzzle much better than what I was trying to envision. Geez, guess it's getting to where ya just can't trust anything on the Internet anymore. :-)

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Tue, May 24, 2011, at 4:20 PM
  • My father often picked me up from Franklin School for lunch at Dari-Castle. My addiction to their pork fritter sandwiches, curly fries that looked like miniature bed springs, and root beer freezes remains with me, to this day.

    -- Posted by 0.10 on Wed, Jun 1, 2011, at 2:33 PM