Sandy's at 1605 North Union, Colorado Springs, Colorado was one of many Sandy's to open in 1967. It was located on one of the main arteries heading thru the heart of town and was most likely the most picturesque of all of the Sandy's being near the foot of beautiful scenic Pike's Peak.
The picture above is a rare picture of the inside of the location and was found in the high school yearbook section of the Carnegie Library in downtown Colorado Springs. The picture's caption mentions students standing in line so it must have met the needs of the local middle high school, downtown businesses as well as the residential section of Colorado Springs.
If you notice closely, one can see the Rocky Mountains in the background of the 1967 picture! The following pictures were taken from the Sandy's parking lot, facing west in September, 2005. This is the view you would have seen while eating a delicious Sandy's hamburger and drinking a thick Sandy's milkshake!
Colorado Springs Sandy's placed what was apparently their first advertisement in the Colorado Springs Gazette on Friday, September 29th, 1967. The offer was incredible. Four fish sandwiches for 89¢. Sandy's fish was delicious. Notice that character on the advertisement. It is a smiley face during the beginning of the craze, now with hair added! The smiley face was a common theme in Sandy's advertisements from 1967 thru 1972.
This was followed on Thursday, November 30th with Sandy's tenderloin for 45¢. Sandy's tenderloin was huge. The loin dwarfed the bun and as is mentioned, it was a mighty meal in itself. It tasted fantastic as well and was a popular item on the menu. How many fast food restaurants offer tenderloin today in 2005?
Colorado Springs Sandy's is listed in the city directory in 1969 but is missing in 1970 so sadly it was apparently only open for around two years.
The 1967 picture's caption mentions students standing in line so it obviously met the needs of the local middle high school, downtown businesses as well as the residential section of Colorado Springs. As a matter of fact, Sandy's front door faced East Middle School which was directly across the street on busy Union street! The Sandy's location team picked out a great place to locate the drive-in!
The location is now a doctor's office complex and the original building is no longer in existence. However, one of Sandy's neighbors, one block away, was a classic vintage Tastee Freez which is still in business as BJ-Velvet Freez to this day! BJ-Velvet Freez is as close as you can get to an original Tastee Freez without it actually being one as the owners have done a fantastic job maintaining the building! Notice the added drive thru. The people you see in line are 15 people deep to the front window!