Taylor’s Drive-In has been a staple of Springfield’s dining (and social) scene for nearly 70 years. “It’s an icon for Springfield,” says longtime patron Erma Davis. “Oh, it’d break my heart if it closed.”
The year was 1947 when Taylor’s Drive-In opened for business, but the exact date is a mystery. Perhaps it didn’t seem important to write it down. After all, no one knew that the burger stop would evolve into one of Springfield’s longest lasting landmarks.
Now nearly 70 years later, one thing is clear. “If people are coming here, they’re coming here for a reason,” says owner Darlene Collins.
For some, the steakburgers and old-fashioned soda fountain favorites are reason enough. After all, “we still grind the meat every day,” says Darlene. “We still make the malts and shakes out of hard ice cream.”
But when a lifetime can pass in the blink of an eye, maybe some of Taylor’s diners come craving something not listed on the menu.
Perhaps they simply come for a taste of the way things used to be.