He got cookin’ in 1947; his fire never dimmed
‘Schroeder Burgers’ were hit in Thorndale for over 60 years
THORNDALE — Gilbert Schroeder was doing what he loved most nearly up to the end — cooking up “Schroeder Burgers” in his little burger/beer joint in Thorndale, a small farming town 50 miles northeast of Austin.
“He cooked up until last week,” said his daughter, Julaine Grimm, who will run Schroeder’s Place after taking a couple of weeks off. “He had been having a few health issues, but he didn’t want to give up cooking until he had to.”
Schroeder died Friday at 87 after a short illness.
He is already missed around town from his spot at the grill.
“The kids have been coming in, especially, and saying, ‘Where’s the old man at?’” Grimm said.
Schroeder married his wife, Irene, on Feb. 16, 1947. A month later, the couple opened Schroeder’s Place and kept it going ever since. It was a down-home little place with counter
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Gilbert Schroeder served during World War II.