When we last checked in on everyman hero Charles Ramsey, some guy was getting the face of the most famous man in Cleveland tattooed on his leg. So what’s our pal doing these days? Well, probably eating a free cheeseburger, and, well, good for him.
As you may recall, McDonald’s promised to get in touch with Ramsey, but has yet to follow through. So a number of Ohio-area restaurants stepped up to make sure Ramsey gets all the cheeseburgers he wants to eat without having to pay a dime.
More than a dozen Northeast Ohio restaurants have pledged an offer of a burger anytime Ramsey wants to stop by and dig in. AMP 150 at the Marriott Cleveland Airport; Washington Place Bistro and Inn in Little Italy; Fahrenheit restaurant in Tremont; Market Garden Brewery, Bier Markt, Bar Cento and Nano Brew in Ohio City; Welshfield Inn in Troy Township; Hodges and Pura Vida in downtown Cleveland; 87 West at Crocker Park in Westlake; Orchard House restaurant in Brunswick; Flour restaurant in Moreland Hills, and the Allegheny Grille in Foxburg, Pennsylvania, have joined in the offer.
The burger tribute was inspired by Ramsey, who stopped eating his meal of a Big Mac to intervene and aid the escape of Amanda Berry and her daughter, along with Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.
Soon afterward, Hodges restaurant, where Ramsey works as a dishwasher, created the Ramsey Burger, a play on a Big Mac.
“It’s an 8-ounce burger of Certified Angus Beef, with a secret sauce,” says chef-co-owner Chris Hodgson. Initially offered as a weeklong special, the sandwich has been promoted to permanent status on Hodges’ menu.
And here is the Ramsey Burger…