My friend Wes was talking about a burger joint. Wes is from Texas, so sometimes that gives him the right.
The Beef Burger Barrel, a barrel-shaped hunk of roadside architecture in Amarillo, closed last month
after 60-odd years of hamburger heaven.
"It wasn't beloved until everyone heard it was closing," Wes told me. The Barrel started out selling A&W root beer on Route 66 in the 1930s and was rolled later to a less-traveled part of town. Now locals are trying to find a way to reopen Amarillo's quirkiest building.