The Triangle Drive-In Restaurant was located right beside Interstate 40, and it featured a car drive-in where food orders were made and delivered to the car. The restaurant opened in 1961, in a prime location near the Major League Bowling Lanes, A & P Food Store, and Farmer’s Dairy Bar.
The restaurant also claimed its place in the “cruising” group of Winston-Salem restaurants, where drivers drove their cars around and through the parking lot to see and to be seen.
One might wonder where the name “Triangle” had its origin. Looking at the aerial photograph of the area shown below, Interstate 40 is at the right, with Miller Street at the left, and Stratford Road is at the bottom, forming a large triangle. The two large buildings near the corner formed by Stratford Road and Interstate 40 are the Dairy Bar/A & P at the left, with Major League Bowling Lanes at the right. Behind these two large buildings is a smaller triangle-shaped piece of land, and there sits the Triangle Drive-In. The drive-in portion is parallel to Interstate 40. See the closer view in the small cropped version below.
There was another Triangle Drive-In, located at 433 N. 30th Street. It opened about 1958, owned by Bert L. Anderson. It existed through 1960, and was replaced by (or renamed as) Coalson Drive-In Restaurant. One possibility is that the name was transferred to the new Triangle Drive-In. The Anderson Triangle Restaurant was also located on a triangle-shaped lot, bordered by 30th Street, Ivy Avenue, and Indiana Avenue.
In the larger aerial above, the Masonic Temple and parking lot can be seen off Miller Street. This area looks different today, since the Masonic Temple was recently razed and construction is underway for a new Publix Super Market. Also, note the two-lane Miller Street, and the wooded area at the far upper left corner, where today is located Whole Foods and several other businesses.
Across Stratford Road, at the lower portion of the photograph, is a Howard Johnson’s Restaurant and Motor Lodge. There is also a wooded lot next to Howard Johnson’s. Today this area is filled with businesses.
The Triangle Drive-In closed about 1979. In the 1990s, the buildings in front of the Triangle Drive-In, facing Stratford Road, were demolished. Farmer’s Dairy Bar had become Mayberry’s Restaurant, and it relocated to the area in the upper part of the aerial photo, near where Interstate 40 and Miller Street cross. Major League Bowling Lanes relocated to Jonestown Road. A new shopping center was built at this site, with shops and restaurants. Today the larger tenants are Schiffman’s Jewelers, Five Points Restaurant, and Midtown Cafe and Dessertery.
I remember eating there one time, after a bowling date at Major League Lanes. We had pizza. Do you have memories of the Triangle Drive-In? Please share if you do.
Photos courtesy of Forsyth County Public Library Photograph Collection.