Hat Creek owner Drew Gressett holds a case tub of 100 hamburgers made daily six days a week for the Mobile Loaves & Fishes truck to be delivered in Austin. RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Former Texas hoops walk-on now making ‘100 most important burgers’

Posted February 9th, 2016

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In 2008, former Texas basketball walk-on Drew Gressett founded Hat Creek Burger Co. in Austin after exploring real estate ventures in Dallas. What started out as just a food trailer, Hat Creek has spawned into four locations across the Austin area. A fifth restaurant will open in Lakeway this year.

Now Hat Creek makes the ‘100 most important burgers’ every day. One of Gressett’s location starts every morning assembling 100 hamburgers that are distributed to the homeless via Mobile Loaves and Fishes trucks.

From the Statesman’s feature on Monday:

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“Every morning at Hat Creek Burger Co. on Burnet Road, teams of workers assemble 100 hamburgers — lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mustard — and pack them onto trucks that drive out to the hardest hit regions of homelessness and poverty in Austin.”

Gressett’s thoughts on why the company initiated the plan:

“We want to be a part of the community fabric everywhere we are,” Hat Creek founder Drew Gressett says. “I think it is part of the corporate heartbeat — to be philanthropic and giving and aware of the community.”

Hat Creek owner Drew Gressett, center, holds hands with Holli Williamson, left, and Juan Nieva, a pastor, right, as the Nieva prays of the volunteers delivering food with the Mobile Loaves & Fishes truck in Austin. Also holding hands in the circle in the foreground is Arthur Garrett, left, and Wendy Griessen, right. RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Hat Creek owner Drew Gressett, center, holds hands with Holli Williamson, left, and Juan Nieva, a pastor, right, as the Nieva prays of the volunteers delivering food with the Mobile Loaves & Fishes truck in Austin. Also holding hands in the circle in the foreground is Arthur Garrett, left, and Wendy Griessen, right. RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

On how those burgers get distributed:

“His heart is so giant, and his will is so big that it inspires people around him,” Mobile Loaves & Fishes founder Alan Graham says of Gressett.

In the spring of 2009, the two sat outside the Hat Creek trailer and tossed around ideas about how the young company could give back to the community.

Gressett partnered with Graham and Austin Bible Ridge Church, and today 700 volunteers participate in the process of getting those 100 burgers from Hat Creek to the Mobile Loaves & Fishes trucks to the streets six days a week.

Gressett played in 16 games in four years at Texas and was honored with UT’s Jack Gray Award for character, citizenship and academic standing.

To read the entire feature about Hat Creek’s growth and other philanthropic endeavors Gressett has done with his company, click here.

 

 

 

 

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