Southwest Riverside News Network
By Rachael Recker
Children’s mouths dropped. Patrons cheered. And four of the five founders of the Riverside-based Farmer Boys restaurant chain smiled.
Farmer Boys restaurant chain celebrated its 30th anniversary Saturday by unveiling a 30-pound cheeseburger.
To help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the popular California chain, a 30-pound cheeseburger was unveiled today at the Farmer Boys on Ramona Expressway in Perris. “It freaked me out,” said 18-year-old Melissa Cazares, of Perris, when the mammoth burger was revealed. “I’ve seen (large hamburgers) on TV, but never in person. I didn’t know burgers could be that big. They managed to do it.”
In attendance at the unveiling were patrons, restaurant staff, the chain’s mascot Farmer Boy Roy, Perris Mayor Pro-Tem Joanne Evans, Farmer Boys President and Chief Operating Officer Ken Clark and the chain’s founders, the Havadjias family.
“The city of Perris is the greatest city in the world,” Demetris Havadjias said, thanking “the great people of California for supporting us for so many years.”
Clark said that the restaurant’s founders flew in from Cyprus to attend the festivities.
“It’s just great to see the support from the community here today,” Clark said.
Farmer Boys serves breakfast, lunch and dinner at its 66 units in five counties in southern and central California and two locations in Nevada.