The Varsity turns 90 years old today

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An Atlanta staple turns 90 years old on Saturday, and they’re celebrating with cheap food and a big donation.

Right in the middle of Midtown, The Varsity will mark 90 years of business by discounting everything on the menu to 90 cents Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The “World’s Largest Drive-In” will donate $90,000 of the proceeds made during the celebration to the Shepherd Center, which provides care to veterans with brain injuries, according to WSB-TV.

First opened in 1928, The Varsity has endured the city’s frequent, rapid change over the past nine decades. The drive-in has become world-famous for its hot dogs, onion rings and the Frosted Orange shake, not to mention the fine Southern hospitality of its employees.

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And even though you’ll be able to get a chili dog, onion rings and a Frosted Orange for under $3 (plus tax) on Saturday, that’s nothing compared to the 1928 prices, when all menu items were 10 cents or less and hot dogs only cost five cents, according to The Varsity’s website.

The 90-cent deals will also be available at The Varsity’s Norcross location. So, I ask you: “What’ll ya have?”

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