It took a little over 30 years to happen, but a second location of iconic eatery Burger Boy has finally come to San Antonio. According to KSAT, the second outpost began serving its ever-popular Working Man specials on February 27.
The original location opened in 1985 under Carl Bates, whose family operated the much missed Whopper Burger franchise for years. Although Bates sold the restaurant in 2017, he remains an advisor. And the new ownership group, including Rick Molina, Guy Ellison, Tony Salinas, and Bryce Pohlmeier, hasn’t broken what doesn’t need fixing. The team hopes to open more area locations soon.
Like the first outpost, the new eatery at 9334 Potranco Rd. offers a fast menu of affordable thin patty burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, and crinkle fries. The Far West Side restaurant also offers a wide variety of shakes from classics like vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate to original takes like Neapolitan and very San Antonio Big Red, as well as its signature Orange Freeze.
All ingredients used are sourced locally. An area bakery makes all the bread and buns, and Bolner’s Meat Company — itself a San Antonio classic — provides freshly ground meat on a daily basis.
The new construction by Houston architectural firm Gensler borrows some of the midcentury architectural elements from the flagship at 2323 St. Mary’s St., including the sweeping A-frame roofing. But the look is modernized with clean lines and a bold use of the company’s iconography. Perhaps more importantly, the new Burger Boy isn’t such a tight squeeze, offering significantly more dining space inside and on an adjacent patio.
The initial hours for the new restaurant will be Sunday-Wednesday, 10:30 am-10 pm; and Thursday-Saturday, 10:30 am-11 pm. According to the joint’s Facebook page, Burger Boy will be giving away limited edition decals at the new location on opening day until supplies run out.