25 years ago today, Dave Williams opened for business with nervous anticipation. Dave had been in the restaurant business for the better part of 12 years at the time working in prominent kitchens around town, but this was the first place of his own. Dave’s Place. The 1st customer was the father of one of Dave’s best childhood friends, Mr. Palmer. Eager and excited, Mr. Palmer read over the menu. He looked up a little confused and flipped it over to read the back, but it was blank. Then he said something that might have been one of the most defining statements of Dave’s Place history. “Well, Dave, how ya gonna make it? You ain’t got a burger on the menu.” There were many logistical reasons there wasn’t a burger on the menu. But, at that moment, right then, it became a challenge. The phrase has become somewhat of an inside joke around here. So, in honor of the late Mr. Jimmy Dale Palmer Sr. and Dave’s Place celebrating 25 years without a burger on the menu, we’ll be running a limited 25 burgers every Thursday of our 25th year.
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