Decades old restaurant closing its doors in Princeton

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After being in business for decades, Burger Boy, the first fast food restaurant in Princeton is closing its doors at the end of the month.

“This place is going to be missed. I’m going to miss it” said General Manager, Danny Shrewsbury.

Burger Boy opened in August 1973. Now, 45 years later, the restaurant’s owner is retiring; closing a piece of his life that he loves like family.

“You think about it as if you lost a child, or your wife, or parent… that’s how it’s going to feel,” said owner, Larry Spangler. He said his favorite memory on the job was the day he met his wife. He said, “Some time in June of ’74 I hired a lady who was to be my future wife. We got married in ’75.”

He said the secret to his success over the years has been lots of hard work. “For the first year and a half, I worked anywhere from 14 to 16 hours a day, seven days a week.”

In the midst of all his hard work, Larry leads his employees with respect and love.

Shrewsbury said about his boss, “He’s been like family to me. When I lost my father, he came to the services and paid his respect. He’s always been there for me.”

After Burger Boy closes, Larry is making sure his employees will have a place to work. In fact, he already has a renter lined up. His employees come with the building. In other words, his employees will continue coming to work but with a new boss and a new restaurant name.


Rachel Anderson

Rachel Anderson

Multimedia Journalist

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