Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing

Last night I was at Kuma's Corner with a teacher friend who imparted a simple but valuable lesson on me. 

But first, for those who don't know Kuma's ... it's a small bar in the Avondale section of Chicago that serves, by many accounts, the best burgers in Chicago.  It's easily in my top 5 of all-time.  You're not human if the picture below [via Gadling] doesn't make your mouth water. No reservations.  Maybe 25 total tops, with first-come seating at the bar.  Wait can be up to 3 hours.

Back to my lesson ... the teacher and I waited 2 hours for a table.  Of course we knocked back a few beers during the wait, but still, 2 hours for a burger.

At one point I said to the teacher: "This place is a goldmine.  I'll never understand why they don't open another location to accommodate the overflow."

To which the teacher very matter-of-factly answered: "Because if there was another location, Kuma's wouldn't be Kuma's any more."

That's it.