The Weber's Story...
Weber's is a family-owned and operated restaurant that
was started in June of 1933. Located in the heart of Brookside at 3817 S. Peoria, the oldest and
longest-running business of any kind located in Brookside.
Weber's Superior Root Beer was the creation of Oscar
"Weber Bilby" back in the late 1800's. Oscar and his
wife Fanny moved to Oklahoma from Missouri to a 640 acre
farm just north of Sapulpa to an area now know as
Bowden, Oklahoma in 1884. Oscar was a farmer but he
enjoyed experimenting with different soft drink
condiments. Through trial and error, he put together a
secret recipe consisting of 14 natural ingredients which
were "fire brewed" then stored and aged in birch bark
barrels. His famous Weber's Superior Root beer was then
served at the peak of the flavoring cycle. Oscar used yeast to
carbonate his root beer.
On the fourth of July, 1891, Oscar probably made his
most significant contribution to society when he forged
a piece of iron into a 3' x 4' grill. He then built a pit and
heated the grill with hickory wood. His wife, Fanny, made
sour dough buns while Oscar pattied up some black angus
all-beef-patties and proceeded to grill the patties on
his new hand-made grill. When they were cooked to
perfection, he placed the patties between the
buns...thus, the first real hamburger was made. He then
served them (along with Weber's Superior Root beer, of
course) to more than 100 people who were the Bilbys'
friends and family. Oscar continued this 4th of July
tradition every year for the rest of his life.
His hamburgers and root beer were the hit of the
community. Decades of encouragement later, Oscar opened
the first Weber's Superior Root beer Stand at 3817 S.
Peoria. Oscar felt that the original stand should remain
in the Bilby family forever. At the present time Oscar's
great grandson Rick Bilby and his wife Jennifer own and
operate the original Weber's Superior Root Beer Stand.
In 1995 award-winning travel writer and reporter
Michael Wallis (Route 66: the Mother Road) did an
extensive nationwide search for the true origins of the
hamburger as we know it. Later that year the Governor
Frank Keating issued a statement of proclamation
confirming Wallis's findings. It is with great pride
that we cook our burgers on the original grill, made the
they were in 1891, every day.
Here at Weber's, our famous root beer is
still made with those same 14 secret, all natural
ingredients! We serve great tasting root beer in
ice-cold frosted mugs.
While visiting the original Weber's,
please try an order of our famous homemade onion rings
or our tasty fresh French fries. Our delicious
hamburgers are still made from 100% fresh ground angus
beef. The original Weber's is also
home of Tulsa's best sausage cheeseburgers. if you like
chili we invite you to try a wonderful chili
cheeseburger, or a tasty cheeseburger. Weber's also
makes delicious root beer floats served in ice-cold
frosted mugs. Don't forget to purchase a Weber's Gift
Certificate for that someone special! Gift certificates
are also available.