The new incarnation of Bobcat Bite opened Wednesday, Aug. 4 in its remodeled home at 418 Old Las Vegas Highway.

Jennifer and Jimmy Day acquired the property and Bobcat Bite name in 2017, and started remodeling in 2018. Varying government requirements pushed back the planned reopening in September 2019 several times, Jennifer Day said.

The Bobcat Bite closed in 2013 as the operators for 12 years, John and Bonnie Eckre, were told to vacate the building “at the demand of the building’s owners, the Panzer family.” The Eckres went on to open Santa Fe Bite. The Panzers ultimately sold the Old Las Vegas Highway property to the Days in 2017 after owning it since first opening the Bobcat Bite in 1953.

The Days kept the original dining room with low-viga ceiling but added another dining room, an outdoor patio and a walk-up takeout window. The menu revolves around familiar burgers, steaks and sandwiches, including the green chile cheeseburger.

“We tried to keep it very close to its origins,” Jennifer Day said. “We tried to pay homage to the history of Bobcat Bite. We haven’t gone in and added a whole new menu.”

Day said they are focusing entirely on Bobcat Bite now. Staffing challenges have kept them from reopening their other restaurants, Bouche Bistro, Trattoria a Mano and Lucky Goat, she said.

(5) comments

Andy Fertal

The parking lot has been full as I've passed recently, in spite of the lack of any announced opening. I wish them all he luck in the world and plan to enjoy a Green Chili Cheeseburger soon, but I'm one of those who feels that the Bobcat Bite belongs on the Bobcat Trail and Santa Fe Bite belongs in Santa Fe.

Andrew Lucero

I'll never eat there... Most Locals won't eat there either. Our loyalties are too Bonnie and John.

Tom Farrell

Agreed.

Elisabeth Wooster

I'm sure the food will be fine, but it won't be the Bobcat Bite. The Bobcat Bite was the squeaky screen door and John's hand-ground burgers and Bonnie's unwavering warmth no matter how busy she was. Bobcat Bite isn't a brand to add to a portfolio of restaurants.

Dave Dannenberg

Absolutely Elisabeth. This will never be the local Bobcat Bite. They moved to town on St Mikes.

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