Posted On: July 23rd, 2018 9:22PM
Last month my wife and were invited to a tribute to Bob Sikora, who created Bobby McGee's Restaurants in 1971 along with many other Valley favorites. There were more than 300 guests in attendance including many patrons who frequented McGees as well as many employees from Bobby McGees.
The event was very special to me because Bob mentioned my dad, Herb, as his inspiration for the discos inside Bobby McGees as well as his first disco bar, Mabel Murphy’s, which was located in Scottsdale and created in 1972. My dad created the first disco concept in Phoenix in 1970 and called it Herb's Underground. Later on in 1976 dad created the Jockey Club, located at 20th Street and Highland, and in 1986 another Jockey Club at Central and Camelback. Bob founded Mr. Lucky's in 1971, which featured Charlie Pride, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, who became great friends with Bob.
Waylon's family was in attendance last night including his wife, Jessie Colter, who is also a well-known superstar country singer. Bob also founded Chimmie McFadden's Restaurant, which was located on 16th Street and Highland. He then opened 23 more Bobby McGee's restaurants ranging from Australia to Honolulu and added a few more in Tucson and Phoenix before selling all his locations except for one. Bob changed the Bobby McGee's on Northern and 27th Avenue in 2005 to a new BBQ concept called Bobby Q's. Bob went all over the country and taste tested BBQ everywhere until he found the magic formula that his restaurant now serves.
There is another Bobby Q's located in our area at 3154 E. Camelback Road, which now also features a new farm-fresh, flavorful summer protein bowls and salads approved by fitness expert Dr. Art Mollen. I am so proud of our family friend, Bob Sikora, and I appreciate the friendship and respect he had with my dad for more than 40 years. Stop by and visit Bob at his latest concept, Bobby Q's. The valley restaurant scene owes Bob a debt of gratitude for turning a quiet little city called Phoenix into the metropolis we now live in.
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