House of Burgesses
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Since the founding of Jamestown in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the people of America have sought an inexpensive option for delicious food served quickly. With this in mind, it didn't take long for America's First Fast Food Restaurant, The House of Burgesses, to come into being.
In 1619, the House of Burgesses first opened its doors to the hungry settlers of the American Colonies. It was an instant success, even though most of the settlers did not use currency. John Smith, the founder of Jamestown, and also the founder of the House of Burgesses, decreed that those who did work in building the colony could eat at the House of Burgesses for free, but warned, "If you don't work, you don't eat!" Once the colony had been established and the use of currency was more widespread, the House of Burgesses took on a new philosophy of "It's a RESTaurant. You rest. We'll work."
The restaurant's specialty item was the "Burger", or "Ham Burger", as it was made using a patty of ground ham between two buns, as ham was plentiful. However, in 1654, cattle were introduced to the Colonies. The House of Burgesses mistakenly received a shipment of beef instead of ham. With a restaurant full of patrons hungry for a Burger, the decision was made to go ahead and grind the beef and make the Ham Burgers with that. The new sandwich was an instant success. However, the name stuck, and to this day, a Hamburger is made with beef.
Many famous Americans had their first work experiences at the House of Burgesses. Before becoming a General, and then President, George Washington was a fry cook at the House. Patrick Henry worked the register, and was a server for many years before making his famous "Give me Delivery or Give me Death!" speech. In fact, he got his inspiration from his experience at the register when a patron said to him, "If I can't get this 'to go', I'm just gonna die. I swear to God I will." This simple exchange led to one of the most patriotic speeches in American convenience.
Now, the House of Burgesses continues to serve its famous Burgers, and a wide range of other items. A sample of the menu is listed below:
- The Burger - Our delicious beef patty served on fresh baked buns with your choice of condiments.
- The Cheese Burger - The signature Burger, with two slices of American cheese.
- The Bacon's Rebellion Burger - Named for Nathaniel Bacon's unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the colony in 1676, it features two slices of crispy bacon on top of our famous Burger.
- Burgess Meredith - Our biggest burger! If you can finish this 64oz Monster, it's free!
- Milkshake - Our milkshake brings all the boys to the yard! Damn right it's better than yours!
- Freedom Fries - Crispy deep fried potato strips, too good to be named after the French!