The building was originally a Lubrite Service Station.
Several operators used the building, including the Walter Schuermann filling Station in the early 1930s and the M. Nezol Gas Company in the late 1930s.
The building was converted into a summertime hot dog stand with outdoor seating called the Foot Long Hot Dog Company.
Owned by Walter Breeden who had Breeden’s Long Dog, also known as the Good Food Drive Inn.
A tornado badly damaged the building, and Breeden rebuilt it.
25-year-old Carl Meyer, whose family delivered meat to Breeden’s restaurant, bought the place with his wife, Pat, and named it Carl’s Drive In, which offered curb service and a walk-up window.
A major remodeling effort enclosed the building to offer air conditioning and indoor seating for 16.
Curb service was discontinued and ended the carhop era at Carl’s.
Carl gets the formula for its now famous root beer.
Frank Cunetto and his wife purchase Carl’s Drive In.
Mike Franklin, a long-time customer, buys Carl’s and continues the traditional menu and ambiance.
Carl's Celebrates 60 Years of Satisfying St. Louis!
Regular customer David Kraemer purchases Carl's Drive-In promising to keep traditions going, making a few needed cosmetic changes, along with a few surprises.