San Antonio's Chris Madrid, owner of the eponymous, award-winning burger joint beloved by residents of the Alamo City, has died at age 61. Madrid, a University of Texas grad, opened his restaurant in 1977, which eventually gave the world "the Cheddar Cheezy, the Flaming Jalapeño and the Tostada Burger." Via the San Antonio Express-News:
Services are pending, and there are no plans to close the restaurant because “the family plans to continue the tradition,” said his wife, Carolyn Madrid, and close friends. It will be open today.Governor Rick Perry even sent his condolences to the family, via Twitter, because he's classy.
“He was a very loving man, who never knew a stranger. He was voted ‘Mr. Howdy,'” in high school, Carolyn Madrid said.
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