Dayton area residents have been buzzing with anticipation about the newest Whataburger location since it was announced last spring. Alas, the wait came to an end with the official opening this past Saturday. Crews were working right up to the last minute to put on the finishing touches, as customers were beginning to line up at both the door and drive-thru lanes, even as heavy rains were coming into the area.
“We are excited about bringing Whataburger into the Dayton community. There was a lot of buzz around the new location,” said Darwin Davis, marketing coordinator.
As the doors finally opened, the very first customer in line, Spencer Sonnier, was treated to a unique gift basket full of great Whataburger goodies.
The lobby quickly filled up with excited Whataburger fans ordering some of their favorites, and several folks in line were clad in Whataburger apparel. Dayton City Councilmen John Headrick and Donald McDaniel were among the new eatery’s first customers.
Former City Councilman Josh Townsend and his wife Alexa dined in on opening day; he was excited to know he could eat at his favorite place without driving into Liberty anymore.
“This is great for Dayton, and I won’t have to drive to Liberty so much now,” he said while enjoying his fries.
The staff, led by Operating Partner Ana Perez, was all smiles, and there was a significant presence on hand to help customers with any and everything. Of course, lots of Whataburger swag was handed out throughout the day.
The new Dayton store employs 110 and is the 10th for franchisee BurgerWorks out of Lufkin, with locations in Liberty and Cleveland; it is the third in Liberty County. BurgerWorks is also preparing to open the very first Whataburger in the state of Colorado.
“We’re excited to be in Dayton, and we thought the opening went well,” concluded Davis.
Whataburger is always open 24 hours a day, with the breakfast menu available 11 pm – 11 am each day. The new Dayton location is at 204 HWY 146. For anyone looking for work they are hiring.