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The Hodad’s Family
A 44-year overnight sensation

About us Mike Hardin

Mike “Bossman” Hardin
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In 1969, Byron and Virginia Hardin began serving their AMAZING Burgers in San Diego. Hodad’s first location was on the beach, at the end of Santa Monica Ave., in Ocean Beach.

In 1991, after several moves, Hodad’s opened at it’s present location on Ocean Beach’s main drag, Newport Avenue. In 2011 we opened our second location at 10th & Broadway in beautiful downtown San Diego.

We expanded into Petco Park in 2012, when we opened a seasonal spot for all of the San Diego Padres Baseball Fans. That space that has grown and now we have a kiosk in “The Park at the Park” as well.

We extend our thank you to the hungry fans that have made all of this possible.

Hodad’s is now in the hands of third generation family member, Shane Hardin. He’s the son of the famous Burgermeister, Mike “Bossman” Hardin.

Mike was at the helm of this seaside burger joint when it rocketed to stardom. It was Mike’s heart that kept the whole team sane as they went from a local’s favorite shack to a relentlessly busy hub for Burger lovers from around the world. He was surfer, a businessman, a joker, a philosopher and great Dad. He was a friend to anyone whoever met him and did his best to make life better for America’s Military as a member of the MESS LORDS!

Read More about Mike’s continuing influence on our community, See The Diner’s, Drive-In’s & Dives episode that changed absolutely everything, look through the inspiring photos of his years of travel & participation in the Mess Lords and watch the unlikely “46 Year OVERNIGHT SUCCESS STORY” unfold in the collection of clips gathered on our Press Page. Learn about our community of Friends and Family on our Partners Page!

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