We look forward to serving you for another 60 years
We got our humble beginning after World War II, when our founder, Bill Sincere and his wife, “Kirk” relocated to California from New York.
Although Bill had spent most of his adult life working in retail, the move to sunny California gave him the desire to try something completely different. He considered sales, but the thought of opening a restaurant was never far from his mind. He remembered how restaurants in New York prepared their burgers and hot dogs by cooking them one at a time over charcoal. Vendors allowed customers to add their own toppings, and served their fare with potato chips and heavenly milkshakes.
The basic idea was good meat served without fanfare. The only problem was that during severe New York weather, many businesses closed for several months. In California however, Bill didn’t believe that this would be a problem.
He searched everywhere in California, but couldn’t find one single restaurant doing burgers this way. Just as he was about to give up and take a sales job at Macy’s, his mother gave him a small loan and encouraged his entrepreneurship.
The rest is history. Bill rented land on El Camino Real in Palo Alto, built a small building, found a butcher who would grind his steak, and opened the first Kirk’s Steakburgers in 1948.
Word quickly got out about these wonderful burgers. Customers came from all around, first as students from Stanford, and then as developers and early electronics wizards from Moore, Hewlett Packard, Noyce, and others.
It seemed as if everyone in California wanted to try one of Bill’s amazing burgers. Long lines could be seen along El Camino, although turnover was fast. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their burgers and chatting with Bill as he flipped those burgers better than anyone else in the state.
We have expanded our menu to include our Signature Fries, Garlic Onion Strings and more than a thousand ways to make your own specialty steakburger. We still use the same butcher that Bill used in those early days, and if that’s not enough tradition, we have several second and third generation employees. When we say that we’re a family establishment, we mean it!
We invite you to enjoy your steakburger with friends and family, and to fondly remember Bill and Kirk as you do. Thank you for your continued customer loyalty to Kirk’s Steakburgers.