ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – This week, the Whataburger on Andrews Highway in Odessa was torn down. For many the A-frame building, which has stood since 1961, had some fond memories attached to it.
We spoke to crews working on the building Tuesday who said several onlookers asked if they could buy pieces of the iconic restaurant. One man even offered $1,000 for the “W” at the restaurant, according to workers on site.
“Whataburger has many fond memories of our restaurant in Odessa at 3716 Andrews Highway. It was the brand’s original A-Frame building. However, that restaurant was built way back in 1961 and, after 58 years, it’s time to spruce it up. We know change can be hard, but the good news is we’re reopening a brand new restaurant later this year that will provide our customers with an even better Whataburger experience including improved parking and double drive-thru lanes. As we grow, it’s even more important to continue to preserve our Texas history, so we’re creating a custom-designed wall that pays tribute to the A-Frame building and its history. We’re looking forward to unveiling a brand-new Whataburger restaurant to the Odessa community and celebrating with our neighbors soon.”Whataburger Corporate Communications.
The demolition of Whataburger at Andrews Highway is the first step in a remodel, which will feature a brand new building, according to officials with the company who issued a statement.