Whatabeginning! 

By Meghan Overdeep
April 19, 2019
Whataburger

It was the height of the fast-food craze in America, and a man named Harmon Dobson had a vision: a five-inch burger so big that people couldn’t help but exclaim “What a burger!” when they picked it up. Keep in mind that other burgers at the time were only four inches. So, with zero restaurant experience, Dobson set to work, opening the original Whataburger on Ayers Street in Corpus Christi, Texas, on August 8, 1950.

That first Whataburger location was humble, to say the least. But the business grew quickly, and by 1961 has more than 17 locations. By 1980, Dobson and his family were operating an impressive 300 Whataburgers.

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Today, with 800 restaurants across 10 states, Whataburger remains a family-owned company—one that hasn’t forgotten its roots. As an homage to its past, a replica of Dobson’s first burger stand was erected on the site of an operating Whataburger restaurant, at 4126 South Staples Street in Corpus Christi.

Whataburger

The replica doesn’t serve food, but it’s ideal for photo ops—and a hearty serving of nostalgia!

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