It seems too bad to be true, but it is. Texans have been shocked this week to learn that two legendary Texas companies, Schlitterbahn and Whataburger, have been sold to companies in Ohio and Illinois about 24 hours apart.
On Thursday, news broke that Schlitterbahn had sold their original waterpark in New Braunfels and a newer park in Galveston to Ohio-based Cedar Fair Entertainment Company.
And on Friday came the shocking news that Whataburger had been sold to BDT Capital, a bank out of Chicago.
At least one famous Texan says enough is enough! J.J. Watt, defensive end with the Houston Texans, tweeted on Friday "Ok, I say we all chip in and buy Whataburger back".
Watt even has a business plan for the proposed acquisition. Watt said “Make honey butter chicken biscuits available all day, add kolaches to the menu, and change nothing else. Especially not the ketchup”.
Schlitterbahn opened in 1979 in New Braunfels and was founded by husband and wife Billye and Bob Henry, along with their sons Jeff and Gary and their daughter Jana. The company has since opened locations in Corpus Christi, South Padre Island, Galveston, and Kansas City, Missouri.
Whataburger opened in 1950 in Corpus Christi and was founded by Harmon Dobson and Paul Burton. The company now has about 825 locations, with most being in Texas.