SAN ANTONIO — The owner of popular San Antonio hamburger restaurant Chris Madrid’s has died.
Chris Madrid died on Sunday at his north-side home. Authorities have not yet determined the cause of his death, but they don’t suspect foul play.
Madrid opened the iconic Blanco Road burger joint in 1977.
The news is not only sad but stunning to those who respected Madrid not only for this wonderful business but his recipe of being a wonderful human being.
Former employee, Jimmy Perez, said he was in shock over the 61-year-old businessman’s death.
“I can’t believe it. I mean he always seemed like he took care of himself. He was in good shape and good health. I can’t understand – can’t believe it,” Perez said.
Perez said Madrid’s death is a loss to the community.
Meanwhile candles, flowers and signs paying homage to Madrid’s legacy have started to collect outside his popular eatery.
Services for Chris Madrid are pending. His family says they have no plans to close the burger restaurant.