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In just the second day of their 50th season, business was sizzling at the Red Rabbit Drive-In restaurant located just north of the Clarks Ferry Bridge

Loyal customers were waiting eagerly for an early taste of spring...and the drive-in's signature "Bunny Burger."

"And there we go with the "bunny dust," exclaimed Sam Berger as he sprinkled secret seasoning onto a grill full of bacon and cheese-topped hamburgers.

Outside, veteran car-hop Stephanie Dorman was greeting the newest arrival.

"Hi, there. How are you today," she said with a warm grin and a busy order pad.

Longtime customer Darry Campbell didn't need a menu. "I'd like two Bunny Burgers, please!" he declared.

On a typical day, more than 800 of the sought after sandwiches are cooked up and delivered carside, along with mountains of fries, countless shakes and gallons of home made chili. It's remains the unique dining treat it was when Sam and Maggie Snyder opened the dining landmark in 1964. When their daughter Cindy and son-in-law Sam Berger took over the business in 1988, they made sure not to fix what wasn't broken.

"We never change. It's the same as it was 50 years ago," said Berger, loading the grill with a fresh go of burgers and grilled cheese.

It's a winning business philosophy carried on by manager Sammy Berger, grandson of Sam and Maggie Snyder.

"We want to provide a very good quality product," he said. "Price is not always the issue. The quality of the product is."

"Awesome. Great stuff. Everyone should come," declared Bill Young of Harrisburg as he finished his order.

Marlene Luckenbaugh was visiting from Maryland, but grew up with the Red Rabbit.

"I was a cheerleader at Susquenita High School," said Luckenbaugh. "And we would come up here for Bunny Burgers before the football games on a Saturday afternoon."

And Red Rabbit loyalty isn't just from customers.

Michelle Lenig is in her 27th year as a car-hop.

"It's like one big happy family," said Lenig, on the way to a newly arrived car full of hungry people. "I mean, I love the customers. I love the exercise. And I love thee people here."

"We go out in the rain, snow, sleet. We're open during all kinds of weather," declared 18-year car-hop Stephanie Dorman.

14-year car-hop Ashley McMillen agreed.

"It's quick, easy cash," she said, whizzing by with a fully loaded food tray. "It's a great place to work. And who can give up the food? It's delicious!"

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