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Houston Texans star JJ Watt has thrown his weight behind a campaign to stop fast food chain Whataburger being sold to a Chicago investment firm.
The NFL player - a long-time fundraiser for hurricane and shooting victims - urged his millions of Twitter followers to 'chip in and buy Whataburger back'.
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'Make honey butter chicken biscuits available all day, add kolaches to the menu and change nothing else. Especially not the ketchup,' he proposed.
His campaign quickly seemed to earn the backing of Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
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Abbott announced it in an unusual way, sharing a picture of former President George W. Bush at the wheel of a car, with the caption: 'Get in JJ. We're saving Whataburger'.
The Republican governor has previously described the popular chain's food as the 'meal of champions'.
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The fast food chain's sale to Chicago-based BDT Capital Partners has prompted dismay in Texas, forcing the company to insist that 'we will always be Texan'.
George P. Bush, who is Texas land commissioner and related to former Presidents Bush, responded to the news saying: 'Whata-shame'.
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Whataburger said on Friday that the deal should be finalized by the end of the summer and will be subject to regulatory overview.
The company said it was looking to 'expand the brand and introduce it to new audiences' around the country.
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