The Rumors Are True And Many Local Fans Can't Wait

A sign stands along South Padre Island Drive and Weber Tuesday as fans await the arrival of a beloved chain.
(Matt Briscoe)

Matt Briscoe
5:28 p.m. August 21, 2018 (Original)

Corpus Christi, Texas--Amid initial rumors and about whether a popular Midwest fast food chain would really come to Corpus Christi, a spokesperson with Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers confirmed on Tuesday that the chain will be opening up shop sometime around the end of the year.

The new restaurant will be located at 4002 South Padre Island Drive in front of a new retail shopping center that is going in the corner of Weber and SPID.

"We think Freddy's differentiates itself in several areas", says are franchise owner James Oberg. "We strive to bring more than just another place to eat in the community by making an effort to become familiar with our guests and their stories, as well as their favorite menu items", Oberg continues.

The Wichita, Kansas based chain started in 2002, but their story goes much further back than that. The restaurant's namesake, Freddy Simon is a 93 year old World War Two Veteran and winner of a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his military service. Though it is unclear whether or not Freddy Simon will be in attendance when the Corpus Christi store finally opens it's door later this year, one thing is for sure, the 93 year old Simon still gets around. Back in March, Simon was seen at the grand opening on the chain's 300th store in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Known for their churned custards and steakburgers, Freddy's also offers what some consider one of the best hot dog's you can find.

"Oh, their food is delicious and the store's are just so cute", says Mary Jo Franklin who lives out on the Island. Frankline who is a Kansas native but moved to Corpus Christi's Island about 2 years ago, says that she has been longing for that taste of home and she is biding her time, waiting for the store to open. "I plan to be the first person through those doors", Franklin says.

As for the Corpus Christi restaurant, Oberg says that he visits Corpus Christi and the surrounding are often with his family and friends and he is thrilled to be bringing to the city.

"We hope our dedication to genuine hospitality and fast, friendly service will resonate with guests in the area", Oberg told me via email on Tuesday.

And for area residents like Mary Jo Franklin who love and adore the popular Midwest chain, the waiting is the hardest part. Luckily for them, the wait is not going to be all that long.