Old Fire House Drive-In

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The Old Fire House Drive-In was an eatery located at 600-610 E. Gregory Street. Originally the Pensacola Fire Department's 1927 firehouse, the building was purchased around 1950 for $3,500 and leased to brothers Hank and John Ledford.

The Ledfords, whose food service experience came from their time working at a New York City hotel, renovated the old firehouse into a drive-in style restaurant with curbside service provided by carhops, and Hank's wife Bea served as maître d'.

When the Ledfords retired, no longer able to work the long hours demanded by their business, the popular restaurant closed. The building became the home of McGuire's Irish Pub in 1982.


  • Deborah J. Dunlap and Tracey L. Martin. Remember When... Volume One: A Pictorial History into Pensacola's Past, Bayshore Publishing Group, 2002.