header image 2

Looking for Out of This World Retro Gifts, Kitsch, Signs & Furniture. Visit Retroplanet.com


Chicken in the Rough Cup and Saucer

April 22nd, 2010 · 3 Comments

All Images are the Property of and Copyrighted to Vintage Vending Inc.

Vintage Cups, Glasses and Mugs

In our blogs, we’ve been featuring a different promotional or corporate restaurantware product made over the years. This is another in the group of cool retro cups, glasses or mugs from our large collection. Here we’ll be sharing what we’ve learned about it and we welcome your additional input and comments.

Chicken in the Rough Syracuse China Cup and Saucer

This cup and saucer are from a restaurant chain called the Chicken in the Rough. They once had restaurants all over the US, including several located on historic Route 66. The chain was founded in 1936 by Beverly and Rubye Osborne, two Oklahoma restaurant owners who had lost all their savings as a result of the Great Depression. The story claims that Beverly Osborne had a ‘lightbulb moment’ when out driving with his wife. Rubye was trying to eat chicken while Beverly drove. The chicken slipped out of Rubye’s hands and she reportedly exclaimed. “This is really eating chicken in the rough”. Traditionally chicken had been eaten with a knife and fork up to that point. Beverly realized fried chicken could serve as inexpensive finger food at a time when people had little to spend. He and his wife began what was the very first chicken franchise. Up to that point, the only model for franchising had been gas stations. Their motto became the “meal that created food service and fried chicken franchising”. Their advertising proclaimed, “Every Bite a Tender Delight”.

Today the recipe and cooking method for Chicken in the Rough is franchised only to existing restaurants. There are currently only three restaurants that offer it: two in Michigan and one in Ontario, Canada. Their corporate office is in Tinley Park, Illinois.

This cup, made by Syracuse China, had the Chicken in the Rough logo on the front. The chicken is shown dressed and outfitted for a game of golf and he is glancing at his golf ball, which has landed “in the rough”. This cup and saucer are Syracuse China Adobe Ware, which was manufactured from 1932 to 1972. Syracuse China is located in Lyncourt, New York and was founded in 1871. Originally they were called the Onondaga Pottery Company. The factory closed in 2009, after having been in business for 138 years. Production of Syracuse China was moved overseas.

Tags: Vintage Cups Glasses & Mugs

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Alinda Houser // Oct 26, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    I have a Chicken in the Rough mini coffee cup that I would like to have some info on. It is not like the cup and saucer that is pictured but more of the V shaped coffee cup with handle. It has the logo and is stamped Syracuse China.
    If you could tell me anything about this piece I would certainly appreciate the info. Dimensions are 21/2 ” top, 1 1/2″ bottom & 2 1/2″ tall.

  • 2 Rubye Hargis // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Is this for sale?

  • 3 vintagevending // Aug 20, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Rubye, The items on this site are here for informational and entertainment purposes only. None of the items shown here are for sale.

Leave a Comment

All Images are the Property of and Copyrighted to Vintage Vending Inc.