November 30, 2012

Local burger joint hits 55

James Bright
The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — A Chickasha staple is turning 55 soon. And like a well dressed burger J&W's in downtown seems to taste as good today as it did five decades ago.

Owner Daren Cook took over the business when he was 21-years-old. On Dec. 9 the long standing hole in the wall will reach 55 and it's the consistency of J&W's recipe that keeps people hungry according to Cook.

"We use fresh ground chuck and fresh produce every day," he said. "I think the fresh ground chuck really helps us out."

Manager Brandi Terry said Cook has always been passionate about his unique brand of burgers.

"When he was 12-years-old he used to skip school to come to work," she said.

At 19 Daren met a couple of business partners that would help him purchase the business. SInce then, he has gone to successfully run the burger joint for more than two decades.

He even managed to keep things afloat after suffering a heart attack.

"I never cooked, but I always watched," Terry said. "While he was sick I came in and  cooked for him until he recovered. He is a great boss."

Customer service is another staple that keeps J&W popular according to Terry. That, combined with the food quality has kept the grill running Terry said.

"That's one thing Daren has been big on since we opened," Terry said. "He doesn't want to change anything up."

J&W's Burger celebrates their 55th anniversary on Dec. 9.