Monday, June 25, 2012

PREMEDITATED: Grindhouse Killer Burgers Plans Athens Opening

Atlanta-based Grindhouse Killer Burgers is opening what will be their third location.  Venturing far north of his existing two locations, Grindhouse founder Alex Brounstein will open his latestGrindhouse at the corner of Lumpkin and Woodrow Streets on the way to downtown Athens.

The new Athens Grindhouse will occupy land currently home to an abandoned ConocoPhillips gas station. Over the next few months the existing structure will be town down, and the land will be inspected and cleaned so that a new structure can be erected. If all goes as planned, Alex plans to begin work this October, and open for business sometime next spring.  The Athens location will have a rooftop patio similar to that of Grant Park's Tin Lizzy's and Six Feet Under.  Alex tells me the restaurant will have 30 parking spaces, virtually unheard of in Athens. 

I got hooked on the Grindhouse turkey burger during my time as a hospitality student at Georgia State and am confident the students and families of Athens and nearby UGA will take to it as well.  While Athens has plenty of fast food eateries like Zaxby's and McDonald's, the area is home to few fast casual burger joints. There is a Five Guys on College Avenue but other than that, there is a gap in restaurant offerings.  The fact that Grindhouse offers a fresh, never frozen, burger ground in-house with beer and wine options should make it a great addition to the area.  I'd be remiss not to give a shoutout to my friends over at Whynatte who will surely become even more popular in Athens with their featured "boozy milkshake" the "Stimulus Package."

Atlanta-based Farm Burger recently announced plans to open what will be their third location in Dunwoody later this fall.  Farm Burger is taking a slightly different approach than Grindhouse in that they are targeting white collars and families by being where they work.  Farm Burger's Buckhead location is in the bottom of Tower Place and their Dunwoody location will be in the middle of Georgetown Shopping Center, a Kroger anchored center just outside I-285.

Atlanta-based YEAH! Burger has two area locations and recently saw its chef and co-founder Shaun Doty depart the business to continue work on his fast casual chicken joint Bantam & Biddy, opening later this year at Ansley Mall.  For his part, Alex maintains ownership of the Piedmont Avenue Grindhouse, but sold the original "stand" inside the Sweet Auburn Curb Market last year. 

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Anonymous said...

I'd call it a tad north. Athens is really east of Atlanta, and just a little north

Anonymous said...

I drive to Atlanta just for cheesy poofs! An Athens location makes me happy.

Anonymous said...

Athens is certainly not lacking in the burger department, although I hear great things about Grindhouse and look forward to them coming to town.

The Grill, The Capital Room, Clocked, Blind Pig Tavern, Copper Creek, and Locos all have top notch burgers.

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