Griff's was named for the founding Griffin family, rather than having any connection with the pejorative racial slang.
The restaurant buildings were of a patented A-frame design, produced by Valentine Diners of Wichita, Kansas. Later restaurants sported more conventional architecture A bright yellow sign read HAMBURGERS in big block capitals. The restaurants offered both drive-thrus and patio dining.
Most of the stores were located in high traffic locations, such as near a highway off-ramp, or along Route 66.
The chain no longer exists, but individual stores remain open in Arvada, Colorado, Denver, Colorado; Bossier City (Shreveport), Louisiana; Sedalia, Missouri; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Dallas, Texas; Fort Worth, Texas; Garland, Texas; Irving, Texas; Mesquite, Texas; and San Antonio, Texas. There is also one in Ruston, Louisiana.
The restaurant chain was featured in three installments of the Zippy the Pinhead comic strip, on November 15, 2004 February 10, 2005, December 19, 2006, and September 2, 2007.
America's last great hamburger stand.