He got cookin’ in 1947; his fire never dimmed

‘Schroeder Burg­ers’ were hit in Thorn­dale for over 60 years

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By John Kelso

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.

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