If one were to drive around Calgary back in the 1970s and 1980s there was a good chance you’d pass by a Bob’s Burgers outlet. There used to be a dozen or more of them across the city (we used old phone directories to come to that number), making them a Calgary institution of the era. The chain seems to have disappeared by the early 1990s, or thereabouts, although one holdout lasted into recent times.
They used to serve up pretty good chow as I recall. But then I was a ravenous teenager when I last sampled their fare, and at that time Kraft Dinner was a gourmet meal, so who knows? Vague memories tell me the portions were good sized and the cost pretty reasonable.
Not far from BIGDoer HQ is a former location that’s still standing. Post Bob’s it was another burger joint and for a while was a successful coffee shop, that one day just up and closed. Most recently, it was a place called Rice Bowl Sushi, which only lasted a year or two. As of the publishing of this article, the building is vacant.
In spite of Bob’s being a fairly well known back then, there’s little info to be found on them today. Seems the whole town has forgotten about them – that the the majority of Calgarians are new Calgarians and never knew the chain likely accounts for that.
They used to have a slogan: “Bob’s Bigger Better Barbecue Broiled Alberta Beef Burgers” or maybe “Bob’s Bigger Better Beautiful Barbecue Broiled Alberta Beef Burgers”. Or some such thing. Either way it was a mouthful.
A former Calgary convenience store chain…
Loaf & Jug.
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Date of adventure: September, 2017.
Location: Calgary, AB.