From the Annals of Hamburgers – In 1999, Whataburger opened “Whataburger by the Bay” in Corpus Christi. The restaurant is a tribute to founder Harmon Dobson featuring – not surprisingly – views of Corpus Christi Bay and and a life-size bronze statue of Dobson by the entrance. Dobson began in 1950 with a humble stand located on Ayers Street in Corpus Christi. Dobson was killed in a plane crash in 1967 but his family continued the business. Whataburger now has more than 700 locations from Arizona to Florida. Red still remembers the first time his Dad took him to a Whataburger in Victoria. Dad had long talked about what a great hamburger they served and Red was pleased to confirm those reports for himself.