K-Bob’s history began in Clovis
I was one of the two guys who owned and built the buildings at 1600 Mabry Drive that housed K-Bob’s Steakhouse and Sasser’s Western Wear in 1976.
We moved K-Bob’s from First and Prince and Sasser’s from 311 Main.
Gabe Parson and I had a dream of opening and sharing those two businesses. It was a stretch. We acquired the land and started paying for it so that we could borrow enough money to build those new buildings.
We opened them both at that location in June 1976 with a huge “free” dinner and grand opening party. Later we laughed because several people we hadn’t invited and didn’t know came in and ate for free. They just saw all the cars and thought we were open and came in and had supper. We’re still laughing about that.
About a year later, I bought Gabe out of the partnership that owned the land and buildings and I also bought him out at K-Bob’s Steakhouse. He devoted his time to franchising through K-Bob’s Inc.
At one time there were more than 70 operating K-Bob’s Steakhouses. The Clovis K-Bob’s was used to train the new franchisees.
In 1980, Gabe sold the franchising organization to Enrec Corp. and in about six months I sold the same group my steakhouse.
I called Gabe and told him about Wednesday’s fire. He said, “That was our dream. I sure hope they rebuild and continue to serve Clovis and the surrounding area.”
He is sure right. That was our dream and it was the finest steakhouse and the finest western store this side of Dallas. They were both very successful.
We were sure proud of them and we are saddened to see this happen. Lots of memories in those two buildings.