15th and Chris names burger after Rockford mayor, proceeds go to charity


Rockford’s 15th and Chris restaurant unveiled its new “Tommy Mack” burger, named after Mayor Tom McNamara, with proceeds from the sandwich going towards helping the local community.

James Purifoy, the owner of 15th and Chris, located at 201 15th Avenue, said the burger was his way to give back to the Forest City.

“15th and Chris wanted to throw their hats in the ring to that,” he said. “We want to be part of that, too.”

At the end of each month, proceeds from each of the restaurant’s specialty burgers will go to a local charity.

“We’re talking about the homeless. We’re talkinga bout breast cancer,” Purifoy said.

Proceeds from the “Tommy Mack” burger will go to the planning and building of a Family Justice Center in Winnebago County.

McNamara said hamburgers are his favorite food. 

“I absolutely love hambugers, so I would say it’s pretty fitting,” McNamara said. “And I think 15th and Chris has one of the best hamburgers in town.”

So, what exactly is the “Tommy Mack” burger?

“It’s a little bit, kind of like a pizza on top of a hambuger,” McNamara said.

While the mayor says he’s honored to have a burger named after him, he says it’s more about the charities that will benefit.

“It’s neat to have a burger, but really, the cool thing to me is that a portion of it is going to a non-profit,” he said.

“For anybody that doesn’t know, this burger is laced with a whole bunch of awesomeness,” Purifoy chimed in.

Two dollars from each burger sale will go towards a charitable organization, with the burger and the organization changing every month.

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