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Bob's Hamburgers to Make Triumph Return During The Oregon State FairKevin Hays Salem-News.com
Fans can expect to get the original Bob’s Hamburgers with his famous secret sauce that made Bob Corey a Salem restaurant legend. Win gift certificates ONLY on Salem-News.com!
(SALEM, Ore.) - For almost anyone who grew up in Salem from 1955 to 2003, there was one fast-food restaurant that was a destination for almost everyone.
From state employees and high school lunch breaks, to weekend’s while cruising the town at night, or after local youth sporting events, to just a night of family fun and good food. That place was called: Bob’s Hamburgers.
Now, years after the restaurant went out of business, fans of the popular Salem fast food restaurant, will be able to get all the Bob’s favorites they have longed for during this year’s addition of the Oregon State Fair.
Former owner Bob Corey has signed an exclusive agreement with Salem business Golden Grill Concessions to offer fair goers a taste of the original Bob’s experience.
Gina Dankenbring, who managed a Salem Bob’s Restaurant for five years, and has owned Golden Grill Concessions for the past 13 years, says when she posted the announcement on Facebook, she had more messages and shares of the announcement than she has friends.
“I couldn’t be more excited about bringing back something that Salem residents and former employees from around the state have been waiting for such a longtime,” Dankenbring said. “Along with the food, we will also be selling Bob's shirts, hats, and bottled secret sauce at our state fair booth,” Dankenbring added.
The best news is that 100 percent of the net sales from the bottled secret sauce as well as a percentage of the gross food sales will be donated directly to Bob Corey's non profit Chemeketa scholarship fund, Golden Grill Concessions owner Gina Dankenbring said.
Bob Corey plans to make his appearance on opening day, August 22, along with his son Scott Corey and grandson Justin Corey to meet and greet their loyal fans.
While they are still working out the details of the exact menu here is what Bob’s fans can expect.
Original Bob's Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Double Cheeseburgers, Big Brutes, french fries, drinks -- which may even include root beer shakes and the famous Orange Bang drinks. The burgers will be grilled and the sauce will be made from scratch, just like Bob created it. They will wrap the burgers and put them in a bag, just like we all remember, and you can even order your burger "extra extra", Dankenbring said. Employees will even wear Bob’s hats and t-shirts just like the good old days.
Bob Corey was the founder of the Bob's Hamburgers chain which began in Salem in 1955, with his first location at Capitol and Hood Street. He offered hamburgers at 19-cents, french fries for 11-cents, a shrimp burger for 39-cents, milkshakes 21-cents, and soft drinks a whopping 10-cents.
He and his family grew the fast food chain into a Willamette Valley, and Central Oregon hot-spot with restaurant locations in Salem, Keizer, West Salem, and the Lancaster Mall, as well as stores in Bend, Redmond, Springfield, Eugene, and Junction City.
Dankenbring says they may roll out the Bob’s menu at other Salem events before the state fair, and fans should keep up to date with any news about that on their Facebook site, as well as employment opportunities, which she hopes some former Bob’s employees come back and take a walk down memory lane of their days working for the famous Salem fast-food chain.
In the coming weeks, there will be a special application for former Bob’s employees interest in reliving their glory days with Bob’s. Keep watching the Golden Grill Concessions page on Facebook for more information on that.
Remember: “It’s not just a burger, it’s a BOB’s!”
The Oregon State Fair runs August 22 through September 1 in Salem. Discounted admission tickets are on sale now.
OK Bob’s fans! Here’s your chance to win one of three gift certificates for the Bob's Hamburgers/ Golden Grill Concessions during this year’s Oregon State Fair. Here is what you can win.
Top Prize: $25 Gift Certificate
Second Prize: $20 Gift Certificate
Third Prize: $15 Gift Certificate
To win you MUST:
Put your first, last name, and city in the comment section of this story on Salem-News.com with the words I LOVE BOB’s in order to win. One entry per person -- per week. Contest ends on Sunday, August 10, 2014.
A random drawing will be held on Monday, August 11, 2014. Winners will be announced on Salem-News.com.
Employees and family members of Salem-News.com, or Golden Grill Concessions are not eligible to win. All results are final.
Here is a trip down memory lane for all you Bob's Hamburgers fans!
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