Professional eater Randy Santel is bound for downtown Cleburne tonight intent on celebrating his 34th birthday in style. He certainly won’t go hungry and, as Cleburne Burger Bar owner Casey Waits joked, may well need to be wheeled out in a wheelbarrow after the celebration.

“I’m excited to kick off my 2020 food challenge tour in Cleburne,” Santel said. “I’m looking forward to taking on the new challenge, meeting everyone there, and celebrating my 34th birthday.”

Determined to make kid’s play of Burger Bar’s All American Challenge, Santel will, at 6 p.m., belly up and tuck into a spread of three hamburgers, two large orders of fries, two orders of chili cheese fries, one loaded foot-long chili cheese dog, one large milkshake and a drink.

The spectacle, Waits said, is free, open to the public and children are welcome.

“We’re really excited to have Randy come out,” Waits said. “It’s going to be a fun evening and we’re really looking forward to watching Randy kick this off.”

Tonight’s event is a one off, Waits said, but he may in time offer the All American Challenge to all comers brave enough to tackle such an elephant’s share of edibles. 

“Where basically if someone eats all that food they wouldn’t have to pay for it,” Waits said. “But we’re still working out the details of that so tonight it’s just going to be Randy taking the challenge.  But tonight’s more about doing something fun for Cleburne, getting people out and downtown.”

Waits, who also owns downtown’s Loaf’N Dog Restaurant and Heroes Cafe, said Santel will attempt to conquer his mountainous meal not at Burger Bar but rather in the parking lot across from Loaf’N Dog, 208 E. Chambers St.

“Well, because I think he wants a cold beer afterward and we have that at Loaf’N Dog,” Waits said. “Besides, the parking lot gives everyone room to spread out and stay safe while having fun with their family and friends. We’ll be filming some stuff of his at Burger Bar earlier in the day then have the event in the parking lot where everyone can have a meet and greet with him.”

Santel, who also bills himself as a social media influencer and entrepreneur, has trotted the globe bagging 829 food challenge wins along the way. He invites people to join his 1 million-plus subscribers and check him out on Facebook and YouTube. 

Through his platform, Santel said he takes on restaurant food challenges and teaches others to do the same.

But wait, the fun and thrilling feats of extreme eating just keep coming. Being today’s his birthday and all, the staff at Mom’s Kitchen Bakery are rumored busy preparing a big cake.

“I have no idea,” Waits said when asked his odds on whether Santel will still have room for dessert. “All I can say is he better show up in Cleburne hungry.”

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