REDDING, Calif. - Ask any Redding local what their favorite local burger joint is, and chances are they'll say Damburger.
“It's got great food,” Redding city council member and lifetime patron Brent Weaver said. “All these servers are nice, it's very inviting. And as downtown has changed around it, Damburger stayed the same.
Louise Goold’s has been frequenting the downtown restaurant since she was only two years old.
“Everybody came here,” Goold said. “And it was just a nice place to be. And the hamburgers taste exactly the same.”
And it's been like that for generations.
“It means a lot to a lot of people,” co-owner Juliet Malik said. “Generations of families, they meet here every year during family reunions or holiday times. And it's really great to be a part of that.”
It all started back in 1938 when the original owner Bud Pennington had the idea to sell hamburgers to construction workers building Shasta Dam, and Damburger was born.
“They ran it for nearly 40 years,” Malik said. “Our family bought it in '79 from a couple that owned it for 18 months. And it was just a little hole in the wall when we first got it. And I was just a kid. And I just thought it was a fun and neat little place.”
It quickly became a favorite among locals and visitors alike.
And it’s been like that ever since.
And while the food is good, one of the reasons people keep coming back is for the memories.
“It just reminds me of when I was really little and how it was then,” Goold said. “You know, climbing up on these stools when you're two or three years old. So yeah, I enjoyed it a lot.”
For Weaver, nostalgia also plays a role in why he keeps coming back.
“You know for me, when I come in here, it feels like home,” Weaver said. “It feels like experiences I had as a kid. And it feels great to be able to pass that onto my kids now.”
And for the owners, it's become so much more than a business.
It's become a cultural staple right in the heart of Downtown Redding.
“That's just what Damburger means to us,” Malik said. “We're just such a big part of people's lives in our community.”