The smell of fresh hamburgers on the grill and the presentation of tattoo art on the walls immediately tickle the senses of customers who walk into Galaxy B&B (burgers and breakfast) in Harker Heights.

“We believe that our food is the best in the universe,” said co-owner James Guzman. “The best in the galaxy.”

Guzman and co-owner Victor Ramirez, both graduated from Ellison High School, and describe themselves as childhood friends and a couple of “dorks.”

“He was my next-door neighbor,” Ramirez said. “We went to school together and rode the bus together.”

Ramirez’s passion for food started at a young age.

“My mom taught me in the beginning that if you know how to cook then you will never die of hunger,” he said. “My dad was a very good cook himself, and everything else just fell in place.”

Ramirez perfected his cooking skills in culinary school. After graduating, he worked a part time in a local restaurant and served late-night tacos to the club crowd on Veterans Memorial Boulevard.

“One day, I decided that I was tired of working for the man ... my goal was to open my own restaurant,” he said. “We wanted to provide a place with good service to our friends who had the worst service in their life because of how they look or appear.”

Since opening two months ago, business has been booming, said General Manager Jaime Myers.

“This is a family business,” she said. “I was excited about it. ... I tried some of the food and knew it was a winner.”

Customers have taken a liking to some menu items, such as the Dark Side of the Moon — a quarter-pound hamburger patty with cheese, bacon, fried egg and all the trimmings.

Heights resident Terry Huckaby heard about Galaxy B&B through word of mouth.

“I was at a local bar and someone told me about it and we gave it a shot,” he said.

He’s now a regular customer and usually orders the Space Madness Burger — a half-pound patty with bacon, cheese and other condiments sandwiched between two grilled cheese sandwiches.

“Everything is freshly made and tastes great,” he said. “It’s a Mom and Pop place.”

Galaxy B&B is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 121 W. Veterans Memorial Blvd., Harker Heights.

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