Mr. Happy Burger’s delicious, made-to-order fare has delighted hungry patrons for more than 50 years. The menu offers a wide selection of favorites, and all are served fresh.
When Ed Kane opened Mr. Happy Burger in 1964, not only did its food set it apart from other area restaurants, its drive-through window – the first and only one for miles around – did too. And if great food and convenience weren’t enough to ensure its popularity, Elwood High students made a daily dash for Mr. Happy Burger as soon as the school lunch bell rang.
“It was the place to go,” says Brian Kane, reminiscing about the days long ago, when he was a kid following his dad around the family business. It was good training for Brian, who assumed his dad’s role as Mr. Happy Burger’s manager five years ago.
Brian takes pride in the quality of the food he serves, emphasizing that everything is prepared to order, fresh and hot. “Quality is No. 1 for us,” he says.
Mr. Happy Burger offers many specialties, such as burgers, breaded and grilled tenderloins, hot dogs, French fries, onion rings, breaded cauliflower and mushrooms, hot cheese cubes, shakes, malts … and much, much more. And new to the menu this summer are soft-serve ice cream and cyclones. Customers can get their orders to go, eat inside or sit at a picnic table outside, next to Happy Golf, a miniature golf course, where golf is $3 with an unlimited replay. Happy Golf is open 10 a.m. to dusk Monday-Saturday.
Mr. Happy Burger is located east of Elwood at 7634 W. State Road 28 and is open Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. During the summer, it stays open ’til 10 p.m. It’s closed Sundays.