Wewahitchka Burger King to hold grand opening June 29

Four days into a successful soft opening, the employees at Wewhitchka’s new Burger King are preparing to host a grand opening for the restaurant on Wednesday, June 29.

“We invite the community to join us Wednesday, June 29 at 10 a.m. CDT for the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the brand new Burger King in Wewahitchka, located at 617 FL-71,” siad Gulf County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Joe Whitmer.

The Burger King’s dingin room is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and the drive through is open from 6 a.m. to midnight.

The grand opening will feature an autograph signing from special guest Jesse Barfield, who will help cut the ribbon.

Jesse is considered to have had “by far the best outfield arm of the 1980s.” He led American League outfielders in assists for three consecutive years (1985 to 1987).

Barfield starred in what many analysts considered the best all-around outfield of the 1980s with the Toronto Blue Jays.

In 1985, he achieved a relatively rare combination with at least 20 each of home runs (27), stolen bases (22), and outfield assists (22).

Jesse will be signing free autograph photos (no personal items) from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00p.m. CDT.

Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper NonDoc.com during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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