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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)-- . The Burger Shake opened its doors in Lexington 60 years ago, and Saturday’s anniversary celebrations meant a line spilling out the door.

Burger Shake on East New Circle Road fired up their grill for the first time to make hot food for customers on what was said to be a cold October day in 1957.

“It was so cold and we almost went bankrupt to start with. I had to take hot dogs and hamburgers home to my wife to cook because we couldn't draw a salary,” said Owner Joe Isaac.

With a line almost out the door 60 years later, there's no doubt in anyone's mind that Isaac's family restaurant has been a success story. One guest recalled the day he started working at burger shake.

“When I was 14. And I got paid 75 cents an hour. It was part time and I worked 10 to 16 hours a week,” said former employees turned customers Andy and Arlene Cooper.

The Cooper's believe people keep coming back because of the family atmosphere, and their prices have stayed so reasonable throughout the years.

“Made everyone feel like family. I remember when I worked here it was 19 cents for everything” said the Coopers.

With burgers, shakes, hot dogs and celebratory cake on hand, Isaac thanks the people of Lexington for staying so loyal for so long.

“And the people have been so good to us. They've been so loyal. Their kids, their grandkids have all eaten here,” said Isaac.

For the 60th anniversary on Saturday from 1:00 to 3:00p.m. the Burger Shake offered a hamburger, a small fry, a 12 oz. soda and a 12oz. milkshake for only 60 cents each; with a limit of one each per person that orders.

Just a reminder: Burger Shake accepts cash only.

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