Editorial: We'll miss this downtown icon

Many remember it as the place where they congregated after each parade, went for an ice cream treat, or met that special someone years ago. It played a part in many Prescott traditions, escapes and milestones.

Kendall's Famous Burgers & Ice Cream will close on Sunday, becoming history - rather, a good memory - for young and old alike.

Kendall Jaspers, who opened the restaurant in 1987, has enjoyed his career in the downtown area. "It's been really good to me; the town's been really good," Jaspers told the Courier this week. "It's been a great place to raise kids. What kid doesn't want their dad to have an ice cream shop?"

Speaking of kids, the Cortez Street business has touched the lives of more than 1,500 teenagers who worked for Jaspers over the years.

Jaspers, 63, said that since word got out he is closing, more than 100 people have contacted him, expressing sorrow and good wishes.

That is quite a legacy of memories and popularity for the establishment.

Years ago Jaspers boasted he has never had a burger as good as his and, he confided, he's tried many. We agree.

And whether it has been ice cream, shakes, fries, onion rings, hamburgers - or just a great place to meet friends - Kendall's will become one of those places preceded by "remember when ..."

We know how hard, how competitive and demanding the food service industry can be. Surviving, much less thriving, in that line of business requires dedication, commitment and a penchant for hard work.

And from what we understand, we're not alone in wanting to take one last bite of those famous burgers. Accounts have mentioned that the restaurant has been doing a tremendous trade since word got out about its closing. Anyone who plans on visiting Kendall's joint over the weekend would be wise to get there early.

May your future be bright, Kendall. Thank you for the memories.