The Habit Burger Grill is getting ready to open it's doors in Visalia. District Manager Leonard Marquez won't forget what it's replacing, the old Mearle's Drive-in, "When the company told me we were taking this spot it just, I mean you just get choked up thinking wow, I'm gonna be a part of this...it's really special for me."
Mearle's was built in the 40s and served countless burgers and shakes. It even played a role in the movie, American Graffiti. More importantly, it created memories.
The Guerra's who live down the street said, "We have stories where we were laughing in the back and the waitress came by and shushed us...yeah we always had a good time here."
The Nostalgia takes Sara Burns back to her childhood. She remembers sitting in the diner with her parents, working behind the counter and the day it closed, "It was sad, we just showed up for our shift at 5 o'clock and it was locked down, they chained the doors shut and put Mearle's is closed," Burns said.
The Habit Burger is set to open September 7th.