A Whopper of a Deal!
1969. It's the year Sesame Street made its debut on PBS; The Beatles released their album Abbey Road and gas was on average 35 cents a gallon. It was also the year one man brought Burger King to Gainesville and today he celebrated with a whopper of a deal.
It's not everyday you can buy a whopper for 49 cents, but Sunday was not like any other day for owner Charles Gatton and his customers at his 16th street Burger King location. "When I opened my first restaurant, I sold them for 49 cents so I'm thanking my customers and I appreciate it and thought we would give them 49 cent whoppers," says Gatton.
49 cents was the price for the quarter pound burger back in 1969, the year Gatton opened the store. Frequent customer Tillman Williams says, "I eat here regularly, at least twice a week sometimes and one of the managers told me about today's event so I thought I'd hold off eating until time to come down here."
He wasn't the only one. People stood in line, or in their cars for quite some time for Burger King's signature product. Gatton says the economy has forced people to stay home, but admits his most valued customers couldn't stay away. "The economy is bad, it's really affecting people. I've had several people tell me today, you know, I can't really afford to go out to eat anymore, but I had to come get me a 49 cent whopper."
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