Bill Miller or that of Bill Miller? The records say both

There was only one debate in San Antonio this week and it had nothing to do with politics or breakfast tacos. The question: “Is it pronounced Bill Miller or Bill Miller’s?”

The fast-food barbecue and fried chicken chain woke up and chose violence, waging a grammar war on Tuesday, January 25. The restaurant’s social media accounts enlisted Sweetie, the chain’s mascot (not to be confused with rapper Saweetie), to teach the lesson.

“Tag the friend who needs fixing,” read the caption of a photo of the giant mug of sweet tea with a speech bubble that read “Bill Miller NOT Bill Millers.”

San Antonio fans were defiant and responded to the restaurant with a collective, “No.”

“Whatever you say, Billiard Millerson,” replied a response from Twitter user @ItsThatOneGuy88.

The San Antonio Light archives prove that you wouldn’t imagine it, “Bill Miller’s” existed at some point.

Sadie Layher/Mike Sutter/Archives

“First of all…how you gonna get the name wrong,” said another user named @someguydez.

We’re not saying Bill Miller (Bill Miller if you’re mean) is wrong. But neither is the Bill Miller team.

You see, we have the receipts. According to San Antonio Express-News records from the 1950s, when the chain first opened as a small store on Clark (now named Bill Miller Lane), the official name was that of Bill Miller. Restaurant mentions include articles and advertisements endorsed by the restaurant. You could say the proper name was lost in translation and a reporter added the possessive, but several advertisements purchased from the 1950s to the 1970s advertise catering services and call for employees to join them at home. ..Bill Miller.

A July 12, 1958 advertisement in the San Antonio Light shows that the restaurant once identified itself as

A July 12, 1958 advertisement in the San Antonio Light shows that the restaurant once identified itself as “Bill Miller’s”.

San Antonio Express News Archive

Other San Anton residents shared vintage photos showing the Clark’s Restaurant sign which also read “Bill Miller’s.”

Brand changes and changes happen and Bill Miller might have dropped the possessive over the years (the restaurant wasn’t immediately available for comment), but it seems San Antonio isn’t just imagining a time when ” Bill Miller’s” was a local name.

Bill Miller, Bill Miller’s, Bill Mills, or the Chicken, Cow, Pig Restaurant – Sweetie and His Unauthorized S’s must comply with other Texas fixes. Meet New Braunfels, otherwise known as “New Braunfels”.

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