EUREKA - A hamburger that a Eureka restaurant owner invented with leftover food has saved the restaurant from closing and allowed the owners to hire more employees.
James Monroe's "Bubba Burger" - a mesquite-fired patty topped with spicy Cajun sausage, jumbo shrimp, chipotle sauce and cheddar cheese - is a finalist in the Ultimate Hometown Grill Off sponsored by the television show "Live! with Regis and Kelly."
Monroe's burger, a customer favorite at The Cutting Board, won the burger category and now goes up against the winners of the chicken, ribs, pulled pork, pork tenderloin, brisket, grilled fish and other categories for the title of America's Best Hometown Grill.
The national attention has driven business at The Cutting Board.
Marsha Monroe says the restaurant has gone from serving 100 burgers a week to 150 to 200 of the "Bubba Burgers" alone each day. They've hired 12 new employees to keep up with the demand.
Online voting in the national contest starts at 8 a.m. Friday and runs for 48 hours.