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Hot Shoppe: 1941

Hot Shoppe: 1941

December 1941. Washington, D.C. "Hot Shoppe restaurant." Medium-format nitrate negative by John Collier. View full size.

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When Dad Met Mom....

Not really, but Dad would take Mom to Hot Shoppes, every evening at 6. It was in a shopping center in Temple Hills, this was late 70s early 80s.

Dad would give the waitresses a hard time about their cinnamon rolls, when he came in they would be stale, so he would holler out for them to put fresh rolls out. Mom said she felt embarrassed....Dad didn't pull his punches.

Hot Shoppe In Temple Hills, Maryland

We had an office near a shopping center in Temple Hills, Maryland, and it had a Hot Shoppe restaurant until the early 1990s; it wasn't a drive through. It may have been one of the last of the chain's eateries.


That Hot Shoppe you remember is the one I was thinking about. During the 50s, it was 'home turf' for the kids from BCC, just up East-West Highway, and you did not go there on a weekend and show any other high school colors. It was like a seqment of 'Grease'! It's gone now, sadly


I was so surprised when I saw the caption under this picture! I was born and raised in the Bethesda, MD area and Hot Shoppe was big part of my childhood memories. However, the Hot Shoppe I knew was a drive-in where you put your order in a little speaker and they bought the food out to you. It was the favorite hang out for the teenagers from the 50s to the 70s. I never knew it as a go-in-and-sit-down restaurant! Just goes to show you can still learn about what you think you are already familiar with.

Women too

Hey shmolitz, I see at least two women on the customer side!

No women allowed?

The only women in the photo are waitresses. Where did women eat, Schrafts?


Mighty Mo, Onion Rings and a chocolate shake at the drive-in Hot Shoppe in Bethesda, MD.on East-West Highway.

Loyal Lifers

I remember, as a kid growing up in the DC area, seeing little old ladies in white smocks holding down jobs in the Hot Shoppes, Fannie Mae Candies, and the like. As a demographic, they were de rigueur up until about 1980. Perhaps some of them are seen here in their youth. I'm realizing that some spent their entire career doing this work.

What time do you get off work?

Is what I'd be asking the waitress next to that empty coffee pot.

From Hot Shoppes to Marriott

The Hot Shoppe restaurants were the beginning of the Marriott hotel chain.


Hot Shoppes was the foundation of the Marriott family hospitality empire, which grew from a single storefront restaurant opened at 14th Street and Park Road NW by J. Willard Marriott in 1927. The large chain of Hot Shoppes closed in 1999. However, the Marriott family announced last year that a Hot Shoppes would open in the new Marriott Marquis hotel now under construction next to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Opening planned for 2014.

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