Longtime Tulsa Diner Challenging Customers To Burger Eating Contest

Tuesday, June 8th 2010, 4:20 pm
By: News On 6

By Rick Wells, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- A Tulsa restaurant is getting ready for a burger battle. The contest is part of a plan by the new owners of the Brownie's at 21st and Harvard to pump new life into the half-century hamburger tradition.

There will be classic cars, classic burgers and a cash prize to the winner.

The sign says it all. Brownie's is open.

It's been open at 21st and Harvard in Tulsa since 1956. But when founder Bill Bowen died a year ago the future was not as certain as the past.

"We just wanna bring new life into the old tradition of it," said Sean Meadows.

Sean Meadows and his partner now own and operate Brownie's. Like many of the customers he grew up eating hamburgers here.

So when he took it over, things are the same. Same root beer, same meat supplier.

Same fresh cut french fries they've used for ever," Meadows said.

Did he mean Freedom Fries?

Back in 2003, when the French disagreed with the U.S. over the Iraq war, many places including Brownies switched to Freedom Fries. Customers still care.

Tradition means a lot here. Take an old menu from the early days, for example. A bowl of butter beans only cost 30 cents then. They're $3 now, but they still have them on Tuesdays.

A new idea they have is a hamburger eating contest. How many Brownies burgers, with mustard onion and pickle can you down in 20 minutes? Sean thinks 12.

"That's my guess, he said. "If somebody can knock out 12 burgers."


One customer ordered two burgers.

Rick Well, The News On 6: "Are you practicing for the hamburger eating contest on Thursday night?"

Customer: "No I'm not."

He said he was just having lunch.

The classic car cruise-in begins Thursday evening, June 10, at about 5:30. The hamburger eating contest begins at six.

If the evening's a success, both events will become regulars at Brownie's.