Biff Buzby's Burgers carries on legacy in Live Oak

The Old Fashioned Burger ($7.99) comes with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles and mustard. (Jarrett Whitener/ Community Impact)
The Old Fashioned Burger ($7.99) comes with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles and mustard. (Jarrett Whitener/ Community Impact)

The Old Fashioned Burger ($7.99) comes with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles and mustard. (Jarrett Whitener/ Community Impact)

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Hunter Bogar took over ownership of Biff Buzby's Burgers after working in the restaurant for 10 years. (Jarrett Whitener/ Community Impact)
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The Appetizer Sampler ($11.99) includes jalapeño bombers, cheese sticks, beer battered mushrooms and fried dill pickles. (Jarrett Whitener/ Community Impact)
After years of working as a food broker and getting food products into retails outlets, Donna Humphreys opened Biff Buzby’s Burgers in 1999. Her grandson, Hunter Bogar, took over the family business after working in the restaurant for 10 years, serving tables and learning every position before he was given the keys.

The restaurant’s name, Biff Buzby, comes from an imaginary friend that Bogar’s grandfather made up when he was young and kept referring to throughout his life.

“My grandfather was a storyteller,” Bogar said. “Biff Buzby was his imaginary friend until the day he died. If he stayed out for too many beers, he would say that Biff kept him out late. When we watched movies at home, he would say Biff flew that plane or did something else in the movie.”

Since he took over the restaurant, Bogar said he wanted the eatery to stay a part of the Live Oak community by participating in local events and getting involved in local initiatives.

Bogar said the employees at Biff Buzby’s try to make every customer feel welcome and at home when they walk in the door. This community feel has kept customers coming back to the eatery multiple times a week, he said.

“What has really kept us in business is word of mouth and loyalty from our customers,” Bogar said. “Everything we do here is homemade. Nothing comes in frozen as far as meats or anything like that.”

Biff Buzby’s offers an extensive menu including burgers, appetizers, grilled sandwiches, salads and more.

While burgers are a central menu item, Bogar said he believes the standout ingredient is the bun, and that the restaurant serves pinto beans in the place of fries.

“At the end of the day, if you remove all the toppings from a burger, the meat is almost the same no matter the restaurant,” Bogar said. “I think that our bun stands out compared to any other restaurant. The bun we use is like a sweet sourdough, kind of like a Hawaiian roll.”

Bogar said he also takes pride in honoring local law enforcement and military service members, who receive a 10% discount at the restaurant.

With a dedication to the community and customers, Bogar said he hopes to keep the legacy and friendly reputation of Biff Buzby’s going.

“I always harp on customer service,” Bogar said. “I always tell my guys that I want the customers leaving here with a smile. Even if the food is taking [longer] for some reason, I still want my guys out there talking to customers and making them feel welcome. That is what I care about the most.”
By Jarrett Whitener

Reporter, Northeast San Antonio Metrocom

Jarrett joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in September 2021. Prior to CI, he was a staff writer for two papers in North Georgia, the North Georgia News and the Towns County Herald. He graduated from Young Harris College with a degree in Creative Writing in 2020. Jarrett covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Northeast San Antonio Metrocom.