Texas man trapped by Brazos River flooding rides tractor to Whataburger

Gary Gostecnik delivers Whataburger to his neighbors trapped by the Brazos River Flooding. Photo via Dora Ann Gostecnik/@Dora_Ann_G

What’s a flood to a man in need of his Whataburger fix?

Gary Gostecnik, 71, of Pattison is a man accustomed to his daily meal from Whataburger. After the Brazos River flooding trapped him in his own home Friday though, he had to go without his “No. 1 with cheese, cut the onions, with extra tomatoes” for days.

“Every time I have talked to him since Friday, he has asked for Whataburger,” his wife Carol Gostecnik told The Dallas Morning News.


But the tipping point came Monday when Gary decided enough was enough. He pulled out a John Deere 8630 tractor and drove it through the surrounding flood and toward the Brazos River Bridge in San Felipe to meet his family before sending his wife to drive to Whataburger.

After receiving his burger, and a few for his neighbors, Gary made his way back home on his tractor and delivered the meals like a true Texas hero.


Whataburger gets in on coloring craze so you can get in on free burgers

For once in your life, it’s time to color inside the lines. Provided you want a month of free Whataburger or a cash prize, that is.

Capitalizing on the adult coloring craze that has swept America lately (and in honor of National Hamburger Month), the Texas burger bellwether is holding a coloring contest in May, according to Nation’s Restaurant News. The prettiest of the pre-drawn pictures will win Whataburger sandwiches for a year. One lucky grand prize winner will receive $2,500.

Courtesy of Whataburger
Courtesy of Whataburger

To submit your beautifully colored burger, send a picture to Whataburger on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #TheArtOfBurgers. Winners will also be pictured on the chain’s social media accounts.

Download more coloring page options and read all that beefy fine print at Whataburger.com.

Whataburger offering Houston-area first responders free meal during flood relief effort

(Photo courtesy of Whataburger)
(Photo courtesy of Whataburger)

After torrential amounts of rain flooded areas of Houston, Whataburger announced it would be helping out those who have been helping others.

More than a foot of rain fell in the Bayou City on Monday, flooding area suburbs, overwhelming drainage systems and closing major roadways. Eight people have died in the area floods according to the latest report. In a show of support, the Texas-born fast food company offered a complimentary meal to uniformed first responders at any of its locations in the Houston area

View more photos of flooding around the state at statesman.com.

Texas singer Selena Gomez shares her favorite meal at Whataburger

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2015 file photo, Selena Gomez arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. Gomez has revealed that she’s battling the debilitating immune system disorder lupus. “I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy,” the 23-year-old singer told Billboard magazine in an interview published Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
Selena Gomez arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles Aug. 30, 2015. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Though she is the newly-crowned Queen of Instagram, Selena Gomez stays relatively humble, especially with food. In a preview for a radio interview set to air Friday, Gomez captures every Texan’s heart by dishing on her favorite places to grab a bite to eat while in the Lone Star State.

Speaking to 103.7 KVIL in Dallas, Gomez listed her favorite places to eat when she’s back in the DFW metro area. Chain eats Taco Bueno and Pappasitos are a go-to for the Grand Prairie native, as well as Whataburger, of course. The singer said she likes to order the “No. 13 with a side of gravy,” also known as the orange and white box of chicken tenders, Texas toast and fries.

The interview prompted a response from the ever-so-topical Whataburger Twitter account, which dropped a line referencing the singer’s latest album, “Revival.”

Gomez is no stranger to sharing her love for junk food, sharing photos and videos of herself eating McDonald’s, In-N-Out and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos in the past.

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Perhaps you’ll run into her at a fast-food joint this summer. The “Same Old Love” songstress is bringing her tour to Austin on June 17.

Whataburger and Texas State social media combine for the perfect Twitter exchange

Whataburger and Texas State University combined to reach peak Twitter this week.

The social media-savvy burger chain and the frequently viral San Marcos school traded some banter Thursday afternoon on Twitter.

Courtesy of Whataburger
Courtesy of Whataburger

“No, I don’t know what I want to major in.. I don’t even know what I want from Whataburger,” the first Whataburger tweet reads.

Texas State’s reply came a few hours later, urging them to get on with their choice. Apparently, whoever runs the social account for the university loves double meat Whataburgers.

The exchange ended with Whataburger thanking Texas State for their meal advice.

The brief conversation is merely the latest in a month full of viral moments for both companies. Whataburger masterfully trolled Kanye West shortly after his new album dropped last week, and Texas State made headlines twice in February for some interesting student antics.



Whataburger’s Twitter is the celebrity accountability tool we need

It’s been a big week for Kanye West.

His new album, “The Life of Pablo,” dropped late Saturday exclusively on music-streaming service Tidal. The album has been getting great reviews, but most of the headlines mentioning Yeezy this week have nothing to do with music. And Whataburger was there to capture it all, according to Revelist.

OCTOBER 30, 2015 - Commuters look on from the Whataburger restaurant near I-35 and Texas 123 as the intersection floods stranding drivers in San Marcos, Texas, on Friday, October 30, 2015. RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

It all started the day before “Pablo’s” premiere at the Yeezy Season 3 Fashion Show, when West, well-known for his use of social media, began firing on all Twitter cylinders. The Texas-based burger chain promptly fired back.

Two days later, West came under fire for the subject of some of the lyrics to “Famous,” where he took a swipe at Taylor Swift in the latest volley of a feud that’s been going on since 2009:

“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ Why, I made that b—- famous.” (West apparently thinks he made the pop singer famous when he, you know, interrupted her acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.)


Whataburger was there to monitor the hip-hop star’s actions, though.

And to her credit, Swift shot back in her Grammys acceptance speech Sunday night when she took home the Album of the Year Award for “1989.”

“There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success, or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame, but if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you …” Swift said.

As if that weren’t enough, some of audio of West, leaked from backstage at “Saturday Night Live,” hit the Internet earlier this week. Highlights (lowlights?) include West calling Swift a “fake-a–,” and proclaiming himself to be “50 perfect more influential” than director Stanley Kubrick, evangelist Paul the Apostle, painter Pablo Picasso and drug dealer Pablo Escobar. (The last three names presumably factored into “Pablo’s” album title).

And who could forget West brazenly asking Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for money to “invest in Kanye West ideas”?


The latest subtweet from Whataburger to West on Monday left things on a warmer note. The chain posted this message:

Which was probably in response to another Wonderful West Tweet:

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This wasn’t the first time Whataburger has inserted itself into celebrity feuds. The brand famously took on the Drake/Meek Mill spat last year, and they started a beef with Wingstop shortly after the Drake battle.

Hopefully whoever is running the Whataburger’s Twitter account will keep up the good work. They’re not the superhero we need in these troubled, feuding times, but they’re the hero we deserve.

Now — time to go get a burger.

Meet the man behind the Whataburger sneakers

On Monday, we wrote about Dank Customs’ Whataburger-themed Nike Dunk Lows. Pictures of the shoes went viral after the fast food chain tweeted about them in October, and they resurfaced on Reddit this week.

Photo: Dank Customs
Photo: Dank Customs

The artist behind the shoes, Jacob Danklefs, is based in San Antonio. His website says that he will not duplicate any kicks he’s created for another customer. So yes, Whataburger fans, you’re out of luck. But Danklefs told the American-Statesman in an email that the shoes’ Internet notoriety has helped his bottom line, in case you were wondering.

“I did see increased business after the tweet,” Danklefs said, including potential business from Whataburger themselves. “I did get an email from Whataburger’s VP and I have had a few meetings with him in regards to getting my services involved in their marketing.”

While any Texan would stick up for the ol’ orange and white, Danklefs said that the best reactions he saw tried to start a fast food beef.

“I think the best reactions were the people that saw it that claim In-n-Out is better,” Danklefs said.

Danklefs, who said he’s done some work for the San Antonio Spurs, does not have any other Texas-themed shoes in the works. But we think a Buc-Ee’s-themed Nike could be fresh as heck. Readers, any Lone Star icons you want to see immortalized in sneaker form?

Whataburger-themed Nike sneakers are the tastiest kicks ever

We know Texans love Whataburger, but a custom pair of orange-and-white sneakers might be the ultimate expression of affection. These shoes are made for eating.

Photo: Dank Customs

San Antonio-based Dank Customs‘ Whataburger-themed Nike Dunk Lows went viral after the megapopular fast food chain tweeted about them in October. It’s an oldie, but this goodie resurfaced on Reddit’s Texas subreddit Sunday. The kicks’ designer, Jake Danklefs, is known for eye-popping custom creations, more examples of which can be seen on his Instagram. In other words, you’re not likely to see these tasty shoes at Finish Line any time soon.

In other Whatanews, a Tyler location of the restaurant honored the memory of a 94-year-old regular who had recently died with a marquee tribute. The chain, which celebrated 65 years of burger flipping last year, also has a friend in former Texas senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, the Statesman recently learned.