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Updated Nov 17, 2013 - 5:28 pm

Sports-themed fast food restaurant opens at Glendale Westgate

The dining lounge of the new Carl's Jr. in Glendale, Ariz, is shown. (KTAR photo/Bob McClay)

PHOENIX -- The newest Carl's Jr. in the Valley will have Glendale sports fans seeing stars.

The burger chain now has a sports-themed location near the homes of both the Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Coyotes.

"It has 11 flat-screen TVs, and we've given it more of a sports look, more modern," said assistant manager Imelda Ramirez.

While customers wait to order, they can check out a collage of pictures of current and past Valley sports teams, including the 1976 Phoenix Suns team that lost to the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals.

It's also easy to surf the Internet while you eat there, and there is a bar that has electrical outlets at every seat.

"I really like that," said Ramirez. "A lot of people are sitting there with their laptops. We have free Wi-Fi."

Ramirez said Sunday, Nov. 24 -- when the Cardinals host the Indianapolis Colts -- will be the restaurant's first test on how it handles the crowds during a Cardinals home game.

"We really want to have one of those days where we have a game on, just so we know how many people (on duty) we need exactly," Ramirez said. "But we're ready. We want the guests to come, and we want the players to come and eat here."

The location is open 24 hours, and it is the first fast food restaurant in the Westgate City Center.

About the Author

Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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