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Legendary Bert's Burger Bowl in Santa Fe Says Goodbye After 61 Years

A burger icon closes its doors.

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New Mexico certainly did not invent the hamburger, but it most definitely created the green chile cheeseburger, and for that, may we ever be grateful. Sadly, one of Santa Fe's green chile cheeseburger progenitors, Bert's Burger Bowl, served its last fiery, savory, gooey sandwich yesterday.

Bert's Burger Bowl was founded in 1954, according to the Albuquerque Journal, and has been owned by a couple, Fernando and Debra Olea, for the last 25 years. "I'm super sad its closing," said one customer, Brittany Espinoza of Santa Fe. "I've been coming here since I was little, so I just wanted to come and have it one last time."

The owner of the property, Fred Decastro, stated that Bert's will make way for the hamburger restaurant Shake Foundation, owned by Brian Knox. While it won't be Bert's, it may be some small solace to locals to know that another burger place will be taking its place.

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