The Burger Guys, the west side restaurant known for their unique burger preparations, duck fat fries, real sugar soda fountain and homemade ice cream shakes, revealed today that they are opening a second location in Downtown Houston at the location formerly occupied by Korma Sutra on Main Street. In a conversation with Eater, chef Brandon Fisch explained that the project "had been in the works for a little bit." Calling it "the next step," Fisch said that "we wanted to be inside the loop for our customers" who like The Burger Guys' food but didn't like driving to their Westchase location. In addition to moving closer to more of their customers, the new restaurant will have a much larger capacity: over 100 seats compared to 34 at the current location.
According to Fisch, the location, which is near both the Chase Tower and the Flying Saucer, is "a dream come true" for owner Jake Mazzu. "We want to give people something fun to with their lunch time. It's all about the burger love." As for their previous downtown pop up at Kitchen Incubator, Fisch said that it "didn't allow us to show people who we are," noting that they could only serve four or five burgers instead of their full menu.
Specifics such as hours and an opening date are still in flux, but Fisch says they're targeting their second anniversary on September 9. Between now and then, the space will be repainted and redecorated (no more Ikea wine racks). In the kitchen, a flat top grill will replace two tandoor ovens. Mazzu's pondering salads or another non-burger option to make it easier for groups of downtown office workers to choose to have lunch there.
When they're ready, Fisch says they'll let everyone know. "You'll see the #BGDT hashtag all over social media." Brunch will follow once after a couple of months. Regardless of when they open, for inner loop diners, the prospect of being able to get cafe sua da milkshakes and Houston burgers without getting on the Westpark Tollway has to be exciting.