Remembering The Hut Drive-In - West Palm Beach, FL

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Remembering The Hut Drive-In - West Palm Beach, FL

Last night, I met an older gentleman (early 70's) who was reminiscing about the 'old days' in Palm Beach County. We all have our own stories to tell, but he started to talk about his high-school days at The Hut Drive-In on Friday nights.

The Hut Drive-InThe Hut Drive-In was the premier 'teen hangout' in the 1940's to 1970's along Flagler Drive, now the home of Phillips Point Office Complex. Car would be parked 3 deep as a waitress would take your order and bring your meal back on a window tray. I remember 'The Hut" from my early childhood in Palm Beach County, my mom ordering those Coney Island hotdogs and vanilla shakes (for 25 cents) for my sister and three brothers on an occasion. Such an occurrence would be doing good on your report card; thank God my older brother made such good grades or we would of never seen 'The Hut" based on my report  card.

Those were special times and the conversation brought me back almost 50 years. Life was still challenging but you had a safe place to go on weekends.  Just to be seen there was 'cool'!

Burt (Buddy) Reynolds reportedly once said that "The Hut" was a place to be seen; seniors and football players got preference to park in the front of the lines. Now I know why the old stationwagon, filled with five kids, was parked almost in the street along Flagler Drive. I wish it was simple to roll-back time, to show our kids how our lives could be shared without Facebook, cell phones, Twitter and other hectic and complex technologies of the 21st century.  

If your lived in Palm Beach County during this time and remember 'hanging out" at 'The Hut", share your favorite moment with a comment on this blog post.

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Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

I love hearing about the fun places of the past! Sounds fabulous!

Sep 05, 2010 01:48 AM #1

THE HUT !!!!  What a great place ! I was in WPB in 1969 and hung out at The Hut. I went back to WPB about 5-8 years ago.  I went back to the site of where The Hut was.  Gone !  In 69' I lived in a cottagr room  on a side stret off the Dixie Hwy right accross Woodlawn Cemetary.   GONE !   The whole block torn down.   It's not the WPB I use to know.  . Royal Castle and Shakeys Pizza on Dixie Hwy.  GONE ! What is that famous  American saying  ?  YOU CANT GO HOME

Apr 21, 2011 04:24 PM #2
Jim Birdsall

I used to hang out at the Hut all the time circa '61-'65. They describe traffic problems backing out & in. I used to direct traffic, just to show off. The police didn't like it. It was a great meeeting place !!!

Dec 04, 2011 01:16 PM #3
Dorene Doyle

We hung out at the hut in the 60's, especially on Friday nights during Lent.  We'd go there after the movies and order dessert (strawberry shortcake -- yummmm) first, waiting for midnight so we could order hamburgers or subs!  Parking was just part of the experience.  We'd go around the block about four times before a spot to park would open up.  Nobody complained about it.

Aug 22, 2012 08:13 AM #4

Wow.. The Hut. I used to go there all the time, 1974. My girlfriend, Mary was a waitress at the Hut then, and the cook.... I can't recall his name,but the job at the Hut was a sideline for him. He did landscaping during the day. I helped him with some lawns for a while. He had a brand new Corvette in his garage he was saving for his son... except he had no son yet! It had a pearl wjite paint job and dice painted on the side. Up on blocks, brand new!! 

Aug 24, 2012 12:32 PM #5
Jon Coombs

Was a '61 grad of Forest Hill, remember The Hut well, in and out of the place during HS and after. Came back from 'Nam in '66, one of the first places I went was to The Hut. It's gone like a lotta the old places in WPB. Last time was there in '07 I had to look hard for anything familiar. No, you can't go home again, can you?

Jun 12, 2015 11:23 AM #6

We used to make the rounds: Murphy's, The Hut, Pizzio's, Wimpies , and back to Murphys. The great thing about riding motorcycles was you could park on the east side of the Hut and avoid the traffic jams.

We are just left with our memories at this stage of the game. But, as it has been said, they are some great memories. West Palm Beach and the local area was a great place to grow up.

Mar 09, 2016 09:34 AM #7
George Varall

Best french fries and I remember little cups of ketchup to dip them. I used a phony ID to get my first beer, Miller high life. Sat on the bench at the adjacent patio and tried to look cool with the
Forest Hill beat Palm Beach high in Football and we all celebrated at the Hut for hours. 1963.

Dec 08, 2017 09:41 PM #8
Diane Farrington Morton

What a great High School experience we had at Palm Beach High in 1962-1965. Some of us would try to make it to The Hut on our Lunch Hour...never made it. But we would always stop there after an appointment before going back to school. It was fun going to see all our friends there, but don't go from car to car, or you will get into trouble!! The had the best Hot Cocoa in the winter time. FHHS was always a rival of PBHS and would meet for the end of the year with a big bonfire and all. We went to the Hut to celebrate, we don't know where they went. Lol. Those were the good ole days!!! Diane Farrington Morton '65

Dec 31, 2017 10:39 PM #9
George Varall

Diane, Forest Hill high students had a big brand new A&W drive in on Southern blvd. Had parking for 50 single slots for cars and no piggybacking was needed. Loved the frosty root beer floats.... We were there every night - especially in 1963 when Forest Hill beat Palm Beach high in football and later our basketball team won the State Championship. 63 marked the first full graduation for the new High School and those who attended 10th thru 12.
...I later returned to frequent the Hut, but as a Policeman for WPB. Seems the late 60's/early 70's were the downfall of fun around there. Lots of drugs hit the young people completely ruining the old way of enjoying the HUT. I remember seeing one guy who ODed on huffing paint laying on the mens room floor. I can still see the circular silver paint ring around his nose and mouth. I arrested potheads almost every weekend. Sad how it got ruined.

Jan 26, 2018 04:40 PM #10
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