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Posted by Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on Friday, May 10, 2013 12:59 AM

It's been called, by many people, the finest green chile cheeseburger in the world. We're talking about the GCCB as served by Bobcat Bite on the outskirts of Santa Fe, NM (see the review). Will the burger be as good after June 9th? That's doubtful because that is the last day of business for Bonnie and John Eckre, the folks who run Bobcat Bite and (possibly) own it. And therein lies the tale.

The Bobcat was opened 60 years ago by the Panzer family. In the intervening years, the restaurant was operated by a succession of people, and for the last 12 by the Eckres. The Panzers retained ownership of the building and property. Somehow, the Eckres came to believe they owned the Bobcat but the Panzers informed them they do not. The result? The Eckres last day is June 9th. They are hoping to open a new restaurant by July, with a new name, in downtown Santa Fe, one where they will continue to serve the same GCCB. The Bobcat will presumably get new operators and, with it, a new GCCB. And so ends an era in green chile cheeseburger supremacy.



I am speechless.....
Posted by buffetbuster on Friday, May 10, 2013 5:57 AM

Unbelievable...and we just planned a trip for July to Bobcat bite!
Posted by ChiTownDiner on Friday, May 10, 2013 7:58 AM

I can't believe it. This is terrible news.
Posted by Michael Hoffman on Friday, May 10, 2013 8:40 AM

I might be in the minority on this one, but that photo is one of the most unappetizing burgers I have seen. Nearly raw meat sitting on a blood soaked lower bun just doesn't get my taste buds tingling.
Posted by Glenn1234 on Friday, May 10, 2013 10:54 AM

Bobcat Bite is a very picturesque location, but its lasting charm always has been the Eckres themselves and the green chile cheeseburgers (and other extraordinary food) they make. I am convinced that wherever they move, the magic will move with them.
Posted by Michael Stern on Friday, May 10, 2013 4:01 PM

I hope you're right, Michael. Doesn't always happen that way, though. Example: when the Carreras had to leave Parasol's in NOLA they set up shop in Tracey's, a block away. Today, both Tracey's and Parasol's are good but the magic is gone.
Posted by Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on Friday, May 10, 2013 4:17 PM

Coincidentally I was going to be out in Santa Fe to the same time as Chi Town Diner, in July.... This happened to me several times in the past- a Roadfood restaurant closed right before I was going to visit that area....So if there's anyone to blame- it's me!
Posted by wanderingjew on Saturday, May 11, 2013 8:37 AM

I made a pilgrimage there about 18 months ago, only to find that it was their vacation week in October. Closed.
Posted by artphon on Saturday, May 11, 2013 10:42 AM

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