- The future home of Brgr:Shack in Ballston. (Photo: TBD Staff)
Ballston’s very own grass-fed burger joint is on the way and expected to be open by "mid-fall" according to an emailed response from a Brgr:Shack spokesperson. The restaurant is taking over the space formerly occupied by Eat ‘n’ Run Deli on Fairfax Drive, across from Ballston Metro.
It sounds like Brgr:Shack will operate similarly to BGR and Ray’s Hell Burger, with patrons ordering at the counter and having the option of having their food to stay or to go. The restaurant is expecting to have between 30 and 40 seats. They will serve wine and beer, including three beers on tap.
The burgers will be 8 ounces, grass-fed, and ground daily. The buns will be made fresh on site, according to the spokesperson. “Our restaurant wants
to encourage the consumption of grass-fed beef and raise awareness of its
benefits, according to the spokesperson that responded to our email.
Brgr:Shack — whose name, yes, hearkens of more than one famous New York chain, although not deliberately, owners swear — will join a competitive burger market along the Orange line corridor. BGR The Burger Joint recently opened in Lyon Village and has signed a lease for space in the new Clarendon Center. Michael Landrum’s Ray’s empire has recently expanded in Rosslyn, and Five Guys holds down the fort in Courthouse.
As to the name similarity, Brgr:Shack is not part of any larger chain of restaurants, and the name was not meant to associate with either BRGR or Shake Shack, according to the spokesperson. It might not be the last one popping up in teh area, though. “The restaurant is looking to expand and is proposing plans within the near future,” according to the emailed response.