It all started with Mr. Doug Prince back in the early 1920's when few people even knew what a hamburger was. He discovered the hamburger at the State Fair of Texas and decided to make it his life. He opened a small little "drive in" on Lemmon Avenue in Dallas. A virtual one man show. He would come out to the car, take your order, return to the kitchen, prepare the food and deliver it back out to the car.
In 1932 he took a trip to Houston and decided that it was here that he would build his empire. He purchased a small Weber's Root Beer stand on Main Street and quickly changed the Houston restaurant scene for years to come.
Mr. Prince was a real innovator. He not only produced an outstanding hamburger but his art of promotion was far ahead of it's time. He made everything from scratch, even his own Root Beer (we still do). Truly, a book could be written on all of his accomplishments.
Mr. Prince along with Fairmade Baking Company, (now known as Rainbo Baking Company) developed the round hamburger bun. His recipe for fried shrimp won him annual awards from Houston restaurant critics. Perhaps his finest achievement was having his Prince's Drive In featured in Life Magazine.
Throughout his career Mr. Prince and his family opened some 20 drive ins and restaurants. He expanded to other Texas cities including Beaumont and San Antonio, but his true love was Houston. It was here that he had 18 units, usually strategically located near a High School where the kids could "hang out".
Prince's continued to prosper and expand through the 1960's. After Doug Prince's retirement the company was guided by his two sons , Buck and Charles Prince. The two brothers formed a new company , Prince Food System Inc. (PFS).
PFS specializes in the operation of in-house dining facilities for many of Houston's largest employers. With the new direction for the company and the advent of air conditioning, the days of the drive in were coming to an end.
Elizabeth Flores, a former car hop and long time employee was given the task of operating the original, and last remaining Prince's Drive In, on Main Street. As the restaurant scene in Houston began to change, with large franchise operations moving in, the area on South Main began to deteriorate.
In the early 1990's, Elizabeth took on a new partner, John Broussard.
Together they decided to close the famous drive in and move out to the west side of town. The two opened Prince's Hamburgers on the Katy Freeway and met with fabulous success.
Our concession company serves Reliant Stadium, Rice Football Stadium, Reckling Park, Robertson Stadium, The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and The Sam Houston Race Track.
We want to thank you and assure you that we are committed to keeping the same recipes and dedication to customer service that made the original drive-ins so famous.