Here’s Johnny!

A look at Johnny Rockets


When I first walked in, it felt like I was in the same place Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson ate at in the movie Grease. With the checkered floors, the red and white seating arrangements, the mini jukebox at every table. Yet here I was at Johnny Rockets in downtown Indy and the aroma of delicious burgers that were surrounding the room it truly felt like I was transported into the 1950s.

Ronn Teitelbaum, who was also an award-winning men’s fashion retailer, launched the first Johnny Rockets on June 6, 1986, on Melrose Avenue, in Los Angeles, California. He built Johnny Rockets on the belief that everyone deserves a place where they can escape from today’s complicated world and experience the uncomplicated goodness of classic Americana.

The name originated from the combination of the classical tale of Johnny Appleseed and, also a classic, Oldsmobile Rocket 88. Together it symbolized the concept of classic Americana and the promise of the future.

Johnny Rockets has about 330 restaurants in 32 states and 27 countries, including 15 Six Flags amusement park locations and 12 Royal Caribbean cruise ships, it expands more and more as the years go on, not just in their franchise but in their food too. Each year Johnny Rockets serves 17 million hamburgers, 11.3 million soda pops, 8.3 million shakes and malts, 8 million pounds of Fries, 2.1 million orders of onion rings and 815,000 gallons of ice cream. If that doesn’t sound like heaven, then I don’t know what would.

When we came inside it wasn’t crowded, so we were seated very quickly, (which means we can be closer to the food) When I saw all of the different types of burgers I could feel my mouth water with excitement and hunger.

Since it was my first time being there I wanted to play it safe so I got The Original burger that had the average burger ingredients, (lettuce, cheese, pickle, mustard and mayonnaise), or at least that’s what I thought.

While we, (my mom and sister joined me), were waiting for our food could of request music from our miniature jukebox and we could see the cooks cooking through the hole that is separated by the dining bar. It’s interesting to see how food is prepared while the smell intensifies as you hear the frying of the meat. Once again, my mouth waters.

The food finally arrives and the look of it just made me want to cry and the taste of it made me do just that, (only a little).

When I bit into it, my taste buds were dancing with excitement. All the flavors were colliding and creating an atomic bomb of deliciousness in my mouth.

I sadly wasn’t able to have their milkshakes but I observed another family eating/drinking their milkshakes and by the expressions on their faces and how they finished it so fast, I’m positive that it’s just as amazing as their burgers.

I highly suggest to everyone that they should go and have a burger at least once and experience the adventure that is Johnny Rockets.

Johnny Rockets is located at Circle Centre, 49 W Maryland St #172, Indianapolis, IN 46204

It’s open at 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Saturday and on Sundays it’s open 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.