Drive-In Teen Burger

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Belen, New Mexico

There are two Circle T Burgers in Belen, and until the early 2000s the two drive-ins split an A&W Burger Family of four statues: Papa, Mama, Teen, and Baby Burger. The statues had been purchased in the 1980s from an A&W in Colorado, after the company had ditched the Family for Rooty, the Great Root Bear, as its brand mascot.

Around 2003 the Circle T Burgers owner sold Papa, Mama, and Baby Burger to a friend in Lemitar, New Mexico, who in turn sold them to Teako Nunn, who has perched them on the roof of his restaurant in Hatch, New Mexico, ever since. The only statue remaining in Belen is Teen Burger, still bravely holding aloft his big burger and root beer mug.

Drive-In Teen Burger

Circle T Burgers

Address:
523 NM-314, Belen, NM
Directions:
Up on a sign next to Circle T Burgers. South side of town, on the west side of NM-314/US 25 BUS, at its intersection with Bernard Ave.
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