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The Wait is Over: First Whataburger Restaurant Arrives in Springfield Area

Four additional locations planned for 2023

Whataburger is bringing its famous bold flavors and orange-and-white striped fun to the Springfield area with its first area restaurant opening on Monday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m. at 1371 U.S. Highway 60, Republic, Mo., 65738

Whataburger plans to open four additional Springfield-area restaurants in 2023 at:

  • 1851 W. Marler Lane, Ozark, Mo. 65721
  • 3880 W. Sunshine, Springfield, Mo. 65807
  • 2355 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, Mo. 65803
  • 401 N. Eastgate Ave., Springfield, Mo. 65802

With Operating Partner Sean Tamez at the helm, the Whataburger team of more than 100 Republic employees, who we call Family Members, is ready to serve the community 24/7.

“Our team couldn’t be more excited to make history and open Whataburger’s doors to the Springfield community, said Tamez. For those visiting us for the very first time, we always recommend starting with the #1, our namesake burger, but you can’t go wrong with any decision when it comes to fresh, made-to-order meals from Whataburger.” 

The restaurant honors Whataburger’s storied history while looking to the future with a forward-thinking design including double drive-thru lanes and digital menu boards to best serve guests. There’s also a custom interior mural featuring hometown landmarks. 

The restaurant will open with drive-thru service only, with plans to roll out additional services options including dining room access, ordering via the Whataburger App and Whataburger.com, curbside and delivery in the coming weeks. 

Whataburger is hiring Operating Partners, managers, team leaders and team members to deliver the extraordinary hospitality for which its famous. Whataburger Managers can earn up to $55,000, with opportunities to be promoted to Operating Partner and above-store leadership roles through a best-in-class training program. Operating Partners can earn six-figure salaries through a combination of base pay and bonus. Both Operating Partner and Manager positions receive competitive health, dental and vision benefits, paid vacation and 401(k) benefits. Whataburger offers all Family Members exciting careers that include flexible hours, competitive weekly pay, scholarships, great food and the opportunity to make an impact in the community. To learn more and apply for available jobs, visit whataburger.com/careers.


Whataburger is the hometown hamburger place that hasn’t compromised. We serve bold flavors and original recipes made to order, just like you like it, and pride ourselves on extraordinary hospitality and meaningful connections in our communities. That’s what’s led fans to Whataburger since Harmon Dobson served our first customer in 1950. Headquartered in San Antonio, we’ve stayed close to our roots while building sales of more than $3 billion annually across our 14-state footprint and over 900 locations. Even with our exceptional menu, we know that people make the difference at Whataburger. That’s why we’re a 2022 Top Workplaces Culture Excellence award winner. Want to become part of our orange spirit? Apply to become a Family Member (what we call our employees) at whataburger.com/careers. Just hungry for a great meal? Download our app on ios or android to order ahead. Shop Whataburger branded merchandise and selected sauces including our famous Fancy and Spicy Ketchup at WhataStore.com and find Whataburger original-recipe products in grocery stores. See our press kit for a list of locations, fun facts, milestones and other company information.