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Wanda Ware

Milo's Hamburgers

Wanda Ware, born in 1956, grew up in the mining community of Docena in Jefferson County, Alabama, the daughter of a miner and housekeeper. Ware is the ninth of fifteen children. She learned to cook at the age of ten so she could help prepare meals for her brothers and sisters.

Ware has worked in Birmingham-area restaurants since she was a teenager. Ware began her career working at Woody’s, a southern-style restaurant. After giving birth to her first child, she took a hiatus from work. She then worked at Pizza Hut for the next fifteen years. Ware started working as a crew member at Milo’s in 1990. She quickly worked up to management. Ware has worked at several different locations throughout the Birmingham area before coming to the Fairfeld location in 2015.

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Michelle Little


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