The future of Bomber Burger is now in doubt following the passing of owner, Chris Rickard.
Easily one of the best burger restaurants had been closed since the second week of April. A post was made on their Facebook page that the restaurant was closed until further notice, with Rickard in the hospital. In the comments, they shared that Rickard was involved in a car accident. In a story from the Eagle, he passed away weeks later on Monday, April 24 following complications from the accident.
As a fan and patron of Bomber Burger, I loved visiting them not just for the hand-formed three-quarter pound burger and fresh-cut fries, but also the personality that was Chris Rickard. He was crass, over the top, vulgar, but none of that bothered me. Deep down, I truly believed he meant well and it was all fun and games.
The last time I saw him was last summer, when I somehow got him to smile and wave for my camera. That’s the image I’ll remember Rickard by.
In an industry where success sometimes relies on staying connected, being in an affluent circle, belonging to various organizations, networking, advertising, and all the things, Bomber Burger did it their own way and on Rickard’s terms. I highly respected that.
Who knows what the future holds for the restaurant that has told Spangles to “kiss their ass”. But if it truly is the end of the road, Wichita’s restaurant scene lost a damn good burger.
@wichitabyeb BOMBER BURGER. One of the best hidden gems, burgers and bucket list restaurants in all of Wichita. Leave your feelings and worries at the door and check it out. #fyp #Wichita #vlog #burgers #hiddengem #foodies ♬ Intentions (Instrumental Version) [Originally Performed by Justin Bieber & Quavo] – Elliot Van Coup
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