The Little Mint

Source: The Daily Reflector Negative Collection, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #741

The Little Mint advertisement

The Little Mint advertisement

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,

Hardee, Wilber. Founder of Hardee’s: The Life and Times of Wilber Hardee. New York: Writers Club Press, copyright 2000.