Whataburger “Cardinal Nest,” with dual druve-thru lanes, opens Monday morning at 714 S. Madison St.

Whataburger opens

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Service is limited to drive-thru service for now. Initially, drivers were only allowed to use the south entrance.

Webb City’s Whataburger, nicknamed Cardinals Nest, welcomed customers for the first time at 11 a.m. Monday.

According to the corporate history, in 1950, “An adventurous and determined entrepreneur named Harmon Dobson had a bold idea: to serve a burger so big that it took two hands to hold, and so good that after a single bite customers couldn’t help but exclaim, ‘What a burger!’ He named his humble burger stand, located on Ayers Street in Corpus Christi, Texas, ‘Whataburger.'” There are now more than 1,000 Whataburgers.

The Webb City team of 81 local employees, called Family Members, is led by operating partner Addison Mischeaux.

The restaurant, at 714 S. Madison St., features a dining room and double drive-thru, and it’s open 24 hours. They start cooking the limited-time-only breakfast burger at 11 p.m., and serve it along with other breakfast options, until 11 a.m.

The newness of Whataburger in this area must have worn off during the Joplin store’s recent opening because traffic was not backed up for blocks, as it typically is when the orange-and-white striped restaurants open.