Friday, June 7, 2013

[Suburbia Lost] Blue Ash's Roast Beef Bunker



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- Photograph by Ronny Salerno

Built into the hillside with a dining room slightly below the ground is a bunker, a remnant of fast food giant Arby's. Built in 1975, it apparently shut down in 2010 after the property's lease was terminated. The glass atrium dining rooms allowed roast beef sandwich seekers to take in the scenery around them as they enjoyed their meals on tables now stacked on top of each other, collecting dust. There's no more "good mood food" to be found here.



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- Photograph by Ronny Salerno


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- Photography by Ronny Salerno


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- Photograph by Ronny Salerno


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- Photograph by Ronny Salerno


Suburbia Lost is an ongoing series documenting abandonment in the perceived American paradise. Check out the full series here

7 comments:

  1. It was a unique building, at least.

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  2. I believe there was one of these over in Colerain near Colerain Ave. It has since been demolished and re-built. I always loved this design and loved eating at the one in Colerain. Such a shame SOMEONE can't use the space for SOMETHING.

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  3. I used to eat lunch here regularly when I worked down the street, it's a very unique building for sure.

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  4. Unfortunately, many of the former "Arby's" are being purchased by another piece of Americana.....the Car Title Loan outlets where you can get a loan with your car title as collateral. How sad.

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  5. Very interesting. There was of course one of these on Calhoun St. as well, that many of us UC kids remember going to before they bulldozed all the fast food on that street to put up generic, out of scale towers. It's also interesting to me as an architect that a fast food company had such an interesting design strategy for their brand. I wonder who and what the circumstances were that surrounds this barrell vault Arby's (each one seems to be different, but with that one, cool element meshed in). Thanks for posting Ronny!

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  6. I remember going here when I was a kid when we would go up and visit my granny. I always thought it was SO cool.

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  7. There was a roast beef place in Anchorage, Alaska when I was a kid called Rax's. Their building had a curved sun room like that. Brings back memories. :)

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