The Little Mint21 August 2009
Staff Person: Nanette Hardison
This image from the Daily Reflector Negative Collection is of a drive-in restaurant called “The Little Mint” which was opened by Wilbur Hardee, who is known as the founder of Hardee’s Restaurant which originated in Greenville, N.C. The restaurant was built in 1964 and was on 10th Street in Greenville, a few blocks from where the first Hardee’s restaurant was located. It was the first among a chain of Little Mints which opened and operated throughout the 1960s. By 1994, the Little Mint chain was all but gone save for one Little Mint in Windsor, N.C.
Sources: Digital Collections Image Repository, http://digital.lib.ecu.edu/6757
Hardee, Wilber. Founder of Hardee’s: The Life and Times of Wilber Hardee. New York: Writers Club Press, copyright 2000.