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The Krystal Gazer Newsletters digital collection is a corporate newsletter that documents the storied history of Krystal restaurants in Chattanooga, the state of Tennessee, and the South. Dating from 1944 to 2002, the newsletters provide valuable insight into the restaurant's work culture and business practices as well as its impact on the community.

Today, like yesterday, and even tomorrow, each of you is facing problems that at the moment might seem to great for a solution. Sometimes they are -- when left to our individual experiences-- but very often their solutions resolve themselves to simply facts when, and if, we have the experience and help of others to draw on.

We believe the Krystal Gazer will help all of us in that respect. It will do even more by promoting a unity of action and purpose so that we might have the benefit of mass opinion when searching for the answer to our problems.

Krystal Gazer, Vol. 1, No. 1

Krystal first opened its doors on October 24, 1932 in downtown Chattanooga on the corner of 7th and Cherry Streets. Founded by Rodney Davenport Jr. and partner J. Glenn Sherrill during the Great Depression, the pair theorized that low prices, excellent service, and a clean kitchen would make the restaurant thrive despite the economy. They were right. Krystal is the oldest hamburger chain in the South, and oldest restaurant still in operation is located on Cherokee Boulevard in North Chattanooga.

 
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