As Hurricane, and later Tropical Depression, Harvey swirled over the Gulf Coast of Texas on the weekend of August 25, 2017, the news became grimmer and grimmer. Houston will need all the help we can offer it in the weeks to come, and even Austin saw the temporary closure of Franklin Barbecue until it can be repaired from fire damage. However, one Corpus Christi Whataburger emerged from the storm battered and beaten, but mostly in-tact. It's now become a symbol for Texans along the coast.
When Francis Scott Key wrote our National Anthem, he did so in the Chesapeake Bay. Never mind that the melody of the song he used was an old drinking song in the 1700s, it's now become the anthem of our nation. And what better use for his immortal lyrics than this Whataburger sign in Corpus Christi after the worst of the storm passed over.
Shared over 20,000 times on social media and growing, the comments, of which there are over 2,400, show signs of support, strength, and best of all, humor. Because as long as there's a Whataburger standing, then a Texan's every meal is covered.
While there are more than a few upset patrons who believe that it's sacrilegious to use the quote on a photo of a Whataburger sign, we appreciate the sentiment. Others shared heartwarming stories of their own Whataburger welcomes to Texas. Where there's a Whataburger, there's a way.