Bigshow’s Burgers and Bar permanently closed

Bailey Adcock

Statesboro favorite, Bigshow’s Burgers and Bar, has officially closed its doors. Bigshow’s was known for their burgers, claiming to have “the best burgers in the ‘Boro.”

Bigshow’s was considered a local version of Hooter’s with a friendly female wait staff, special activities and musical performances. Students across Georgia Southern’s campus are shocked by the news.

“I was disappointed because it was the only place within walking distance that I could go relax, get a burger, and play trivia with my friends,” Russell Land, freshman finance and economics major, said.

The establishment featured trivia on Monday nights, beer pong on Tuesdays, poker on Wednesdays, open mic night on Thursdays and live local bands on Friday and Saturday nights.

“They also had a wing challenge I wanted to try, but I won’t get to do that,” Land said.

Bigshow’s opened originally in January 2013 at their first location on Brampton Avenue. The restaurant and bar was a hit when it first opened.

“I don’t know if it had to do with the fact that it was just like a new restaurant in town that everybody wanted to try, or if it was just because we were a burger joint that served beer and it was a female-only wait staff,” Jessie Frary, GSU alum and former Bigshow’s waitress, said.

Bigshow’s not only featured a lengthy menu of burgers and other classic bar food, the bar was fully stocked with a wide range of beers and liquors.

Though Bigshow’s had their loyal student fan base, some people were not happy with their service in the past few months.

Former managers were unwilling to give relevant comments about why the restaurant closed down, but online reviews show that there was much to be desired at the restaurant.

A few of the more recent reviews retrieved from Yelp say “This ‘restaurant’ is a nightmare” and “You’re better off going to the McDonald’s down the road”.

The closing of Bigshow’s follows the closing of many other local favorites. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop closed at the end of last year as well as Hungry Howie’s Pizza.

Though these restaurants have shut down their business, their closing opens up the chance for more restaurants to possibly come into town in the future.

Photo courtesy of Madison Reynolds.