Hard to imagine, but the Town Topic on Broadway wasn’t always a Town Topic. Claude Sparks purchased this Eat-Moore Hamburger building in 1944 and converted it to Town Topic Hamburgers. The previous owner’s last name, not surprisingly, was Moore. This building still stands as our most beloved, and only 24 hour, Town Topic.
This photo was taken 81 years ago today! Here is a young Claude Sparks at a 1932 White Castle employee Christmas banquet in Kansas City. Claude is the 4th person from the front on the left. He moved to Kansas City from Golden, Missouri and worked as a cab driver before starting at White Castle, which, of course, paved the way for him to start Town Topic Hamburgers. Claude was just 24 years old in this picture. Looks like a pretty fancy banquet!
The answer to the trivia question is – chili! Town Topic chili used to be served at Arrowhead Stadium and the old Municipal stadium. The recipe is more than 80 years old and was created by Betty Sparks, wife of original owner Claude Sparks.