There was one (or possibly 2) Burger Chefs in Killeen. We got burgers there often.
Posted by: Robby | February 22, 2006 at 05:39 PM
Fort Hood Road
I worked at the First Burger Chef on HWY 190 in Killeen Texas while attending my junior/senior year, I would love to locate three of the many workers; we were called the "foursome." The years were 1966-1968. The three best of the best friends were Betty Neighbors, Bill Morningstar and Dennis Brennan. Back then, there were no cash registers to figue the total meal-it was done all in your head-and you would call back your order to the cooks as " 2 cheesebugers, 1 fry, 1 monster." The owner was a Mr. Jay White and I believe the manager and maybe co-owner was Stan Ford. What a reunion this would be--now I am a Qualified Social Worker and a real estate in Illinois-but the most fun and love of my job was the First Burger Chef, later one was opened near the back gate to Fort Hood Texas; and was transferred there. Back then my maiden name was Jones--first Valerie--anyone else worked there then??? Thank you.
It's weird but today I was telling my wife about Burger Chef..told her we had 2 in Killeen. Burger Chef was there before McDonalds and later after McDonalds arrived, BC soon closed down. I remember it was McDonalds that put them out of business yet I always preferred Burger Chef by far. I graduated in 67 from good old KHS. I always went to the 190 store, didn't know any of the names u mentioned though. I was in Killeen last year for a reunion, never seen so many fast food stores but have lots of fond memories growing up there. Taco Bell I believe was the 3rd to open up in Killeen. Go Roos!!!
I worked at the Hwy 190 BC 1965-1966. I recall the owner's name as Jay Wyatt, but it might have been White. He lived in Austin, but was frequently up to oversee the store (or ski on local lakes), and he was a perfectionist on methods and procedures. I remember Stan Ford also - I think he was retired career army sergeant before Burger Chef. We had Randy (redhead, until his hair fell out one weekend - stressful job, eh?) and Art (skinny, kinda crusty older guy with a big mustache) as assistant managers. I remember Melinda from the front line (had a real crush on her for a bit) also. I'd get out of school at 4:00 PM and go straight to work, closing at 1:00 AM. I still get the willies recalling the nightly cleaning & filtering of the french fry machines. I started at $.65/hour, and worked my way up to $1.15 before I quit to play rock 'n roll guitar with a local band, "The Sunjammers". In the heat of a big rush, we'd shorten the order call-outs to just "two-and-one" for 2 burgers, 1 fry. We'd have people 4 or 5 deep at the counter, and we made the burgers so fast that sometimes, we'd forget to put in the meat patty. I can still make the tartar sauce that we put on the "Monster", but only 2 gallons at a time. ;-) I graduated in '67, now am a telecom engineer in Colorado. I just attended the 40th reunion last month: it was a great time renewing friendships and swapping stories, KHS won the game, and while driving around looking for landmarks, I noticed that the old Hwy 190 Burger Chef building is still there, although it's boarded up now.
Posted by: Charles Rogers | October 29, 2007 at 08:14 PM
I'm searching for Google stuff about my uncle, Jay Wyatt, whom I was named after, with the expectation that I would find commentary about his great skiing achievements. Instead, I find people reminiscing about when they used to work at his Burger Chefs.
I love the Internet.
Posted by: Jay Sherwood | February 22, 2008 at 01:54 PM