Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Now You Can Get Your 'Cheezborgers" at Jewel (And They Aren't Even Real Cheeseburgers)

From the April 13, 2017, Chicago Tribune "Billy Goat 'Cheezborger' patties coming to Jewel-Osco freezers" by Samantha Bomkamp.

"The famous 'Cheezborgers' sold by Billy Goat Tavern, a Chicago institution, will soon be available at Jewel-Osco stores."  However, the patties won't be coming with cheese.  Just "Borgers" I reckon.

They are available in two sizes: a 3.2 ounce version called "The Original" and a third pounder dubbed "The Curse Breaker."  (You know, the Cubs and all).

The Billy Goat Tavern has been open in Chicago since 1934 and a 1978 Saturday "Night Live" skit featuring John Belushi gave the humble restaurant legendary status.  "Cheezborgers" and other menu suggestions made by owner William "Billy Goat" Sianis, a Greek immigrant, became widespread catch phrases and included "no fries, cheeps!" and "no Pepsi, Coke!" although this was later reversed.

For Cubs fans, Sianis holds another place in lore.  He tried to take his pet goat to Game 4 of the 1945 World Series to bring the Cubs luck against the Detroit Tigers.  But the goat was denied entrance and Detroit won the Series.  As legend has it, Sianis placed a curse on the Cubs.  It would be another 71 years before the Cubs went to another World Series.

Ain't 'Fraid of No Goat.  --RoadDog

SOME INTERESTING AND IRONIC PREDICTIONS:  "Ronald Reagan doesn't have that presidential look,"  United Artists executive after rejecting him for the lead role in the 1964 film "The Best Man."

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