Orders up at Burgerville
Burgerville USA remains Vancouver’s beloved home-grown business.But the walk-up cinder-block hamburger stand that opened in 1962 in downtown — the second restaurant for a chain that now has approximately 40 restaurants in Washington and Oregon — has its final day Sunday.The restaurant will be open its usual Sunday hours, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.A steady stream of customers Saturday walked up to place orders, or to pick up orders they’d called ahead. Some people ate in their cars or at one of the few outside tables instead of truly taking it “to go.”It wouldn’t be their last meals of Tillamook cheeseburgers, Walla Walla sweet onion rings and Northwest blackberry shakes. But it would be their last meal at this Burgerville, a downtown Vancouver landmark. Portland resident Bob Powell works in Vancouver on Saturdays, supervising counseling interns at Open House Ministries. His wife Peggy drove north to meet him at one of his favorite lunch spots for a chicken tenders basket.He said the interns he supervises were crushed to learn that the Burgerville would be gone by fall. In March it was announced that the restaurant was closing because it had been sold to Elie Kassab, president and owner of Prestige Development.Kassab bought the site for $750,000. Jeff Harvey, president and CEO of Burgerville, acknowledged in an Aug. 29 letter that the downtown Burgerville, 307 E. Mill Plain Blvd., has sentimental significance.“This restaurant has been an iconic spot for both Burgerville and the Vancouver community and we know many of our guests have strong memories associated with this location, as do we. However, as this restaurant closes, in its place will be a new mixed-use space we are confident will help with the revitalization of downtown Vancouver,” Harvey wrote.