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Burgers and a Birthday: Great Reasons to Party

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Bob Riddle, second from right, takes orders from the crowds at Big Bob's first anniversary bash.

The folks at Big Bob's Burgers decided to throw a party Wednesday night to mark one year at their current location of 447 W. Hildebrand Ave. They invited their regulars as well as their social media followers on Facebook, and the crowds showed up, creating long lines at the register and filling the dining areas with the kind of friendly din and energizing buzz that restaurateurs love. There were even a few fellow members of the city's dining scene on hand, including Jeremiah and Stephanie McMillan from Gallo Pizzeria on Castroville Road and Sameer and Meagan Siddiqui from the Rickshaw Stop food truck

Burger and fries, anyone?

It was also good to see former San Antonio Express-News publisher Larry Walker relishing his job as a partner in the enterprise. At times, he joined in the hustle with the rest of the staff to get hot burgers into the hands of patrons.

The patio at Big Bob's draws crowds despite the temperatures.

It was so lively that those in the main dining room couldn't even hear the live music on the patio out back, which was also filled with people enjoying Bob Riddle's grilled burgers and beer-battered onion rings with a touch of caraway or his hand-cut fries. G. Eugene Simor of the Alamo Beer Company was on hand to pass out cups of his local golden ale, which keeps getting better in recent tastes. Big Bob's is located in a space once occupied by Cookie's Factory Outlet in a plaza that had seen better years and had become neglected. Since it and the neighboring Papa Murphy's opened, the stretch of Hildebrand they're on, just west of San Pedro Avenue, has begun to feel revitalized, and that has to be a present to the community.

Larry Walker hustles burgers to hungry patrons at Big Bob's.

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