Chastain's Restaurants - Other

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08-23-07


Chastain's Restaurant in Orlando, Florida was a landmark. But there have been other Chastain's Restaurants besides the one in Orlando. So far as is known to Chastain Central, all of these were individually owned stores. No two were owned by the same family.

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Chastain's Restaurant, Cocoa, Florida
Chastain's Restaurant, Folkston, Georgia
Chastain's Casual Café and Catering Company, Oklahoma
Additional Chastain's Restaurants
Chastain's Restaurant, Orlando, Florida

Chastain's Restaurant, Cocoa, Florida

Chastain's Restaurant, Cocoa, FloridaHollace A. Chastain was born in Lawrence County, Indiana the same as Burrell. After a career in the Army, the retired Colonel moved to Florida from California. He bought the Chastain's Restaurant Burrell Chastain owned around 1961 on the southeast corner of King Street and Brevard Avenue in Cocoa, Florida. This was the closest Chastain's Restaurant to the one in Orlando - about an hour or so away. Before the restaurant was built, the lot was occupied by a large chinaberry tree. During World War II, a lifeboat from a British freighter was displayed on the site. The freighter had been torpedoed off the coast of Cocoa Beach by the Germans and the lifeboat was riddled with bullets from a German U-boat. It was said that twelve men were killed in the boat. A sign above the lifeboat read, "Buy Bonds."

This Chastain's Restaurant closed in September, 1967, mainly due to loss of parking across the street, so it was open about six years, unlike Chastain's Restaurant in Orlando which was open more than forty years. However, Hollace Chastain operated other restaurants in Central Brevard county, Florida including a Burger Chef in Rockledge from 1970 to 1982 and a Hardees from 1982 to 1986, also in Rockledge.

Chastain's Restaurant AshtrayHollace was on the Rockledge city council for six years, and a member of the Rockledge Presbyterian Church, the Azan Shrine Legion of Honor, Cocoa Rotary Club, Cocoa Elks Lodge 1532, Cocoa American Legion Post 22, Rockledge Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4534, And Rockledge American Veterans Post 893. Hollace died in 2000 at age 76.

An ashtray was produced that featured both the Cocoa and Orlando restaurants. The ashtray reads: Serving Good Food for Fine People; Chastain's; 23 N. Orange Blossom Tr., Orlando, Fla; Cor. Brevard & King Sts, Cocoa, Fla (see photo).

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Chastain's Restaurant, Folkston, Georgia

Chastain's Restaurant-Folkston, GeorgiaFolkston, Georgia is just above the Florida line about 40 miles northwest of Jacksonville, Florida. Our information on this restaurant comes from a post card that was postmarked April 29, 1958, Folkston, GA and has a two-cent stamp. The picture is the front of the postcard, and the reverse has the following printed text: Chastain's Restaurant Folkston Georgia Featuring sizzling steaks, ocean fresh seafood, Southern fried chicken. Serving regular dinners & home baked pies. At intersection of U. S. Highways 1 - 23 & 301 -- 2 miles north of FOLKSTON, GA. J. C. ADAMS, PROPRIETOR -- Phone 3036 FOLKSTON, GA.

Another postcard, postmarked February 17, 1955, gives additional insight. It is for Chastain's Court, and reads: Chastain's Court Junction U.S. Highways 1 - 23 & 301, Folkston, Ga. Phone 9096 or 4091. New modern court. Completely furnished with latest style motel furniture, air foam mattresses, private tile baths, tub and shower. Air conditioned with electric heat. Restaurant and service station on premises. Owner & Manager Mr. and Mrs. Horace D. Chastain.

According to local Folkston historian, Jack Mays, Horace Chastain was a saw miller from Alabama. He built the restaurant and cabins. Horace eventually sold the restaurant to someone else, but it kept the name Chastain's Restaurant. It was successful for many years until I-95 was built and took traffic in a different direction. The restaurant was later rented to a church.

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Chastain's Casual Café and Catering Company, Sand Springs and Sapulpa, Oklahoma

Melissa Soto - Mrs. Oklahoma Chastain's Casual Café and Catering Company began in a small Sand Springs, Oklahoma antique mall with three tables and grew to 150 tables in Sand Springs, now at 122 North Main Street. In 1998 and 1999, Chastain's won awards at the Tulsa State Fair for their famous tortilla soup. They also feature a homemade poppy seed dressing that is available for purchase at the restaurants and elsewhere. In 2007, they opened a second location in nearby downtown Sapula, Oklahoma at Dewey and Park. A 50% discount is available to firemen, police officers, and civil servants.

The restaurants are not connected to any Chastain family. They are owned by Laurie Rhodes and Melissa Soto. Melissa (see photo) won the Mrs. Oklahoma title in 2007. The name Chastain comes from a department store chain that operated in Sand Springs and Sapula in the 1940s and 1950s.

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Additional Chastain's Restaurants

1. Chastain's Restaurant, Belleville, Illinois (1980s)

2. Chasteen's Downtown, 204 North Marion Avenue, Lake City, Florida 32055 386-752-7504

3. Chastain's Food & Spirits, 3922 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70605 337-474-4700; Lee Chastain

4. Fictional Chastain's Restaurant in Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, 1997, by Rebecca Wells

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