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Downtown's new burger restaurant opens big: New specialty items, free ice cream and even salads

Downtown's new burger restaurant opens big: New specialty items, free ice cream and even salads

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The sign is up on Main Street and doors are opening on Halloween. Photo by Sarah Rufca
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The downtown location is triple the size of the original Burger Guys. Photo by Sarah Rufca
The Burger Guys, downtown, first burger, cheeseburger, October 2012
The first burger served at BGDT. Photo by Zach Barnes/The Burger Guys/Facebook
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The Burger Guys, downtown, first burger, cheeseburger, October 2012

Thick, juicy burgers and dudes in suits can be a dangerous combination. Not to worry, downtowners, The Burger Guys have you covered.

The second location of the popular Westchase burger shop opens this Halloween Wednesday at 706 Main Street, and on virtually every gold and purple wall there's a paper towel dispenser to keep even the juiciest of burgers off your outfit.

The second location has seating for 100, triple the occupancy of the original — just the kitchen in the downtown location is bigger than the entire first restaurant.

 The second location has seating for 100, triple the occupancy of the original — just the kitchen in the downtown location is bigger than the entire first restaurant. 

It's not just the space that's larger downtown. The increased space gives owners Jake Mazzu and Brandon Fisch room to add to the menu.

They are making their own ice cream in house and offering it by the scoop, pint or quart and adding some of the popular specialty burgers to the menu full time, including the Tejas (with sauteed rajas and queso blanco), a Muffaletta burger called the Nola and $35 B.M.F. with onion bacon jam, gastrique, foie gras and toasted garlic aioli. Mazzu says he's partial to the Diner, a patty melt made from Kraftsmen Baking rye bread.

Not all the additions are so indulgent, though. The guys are picking up premium produce from the farmers market for a serious salad selection. "We want to collect a bounty that we think will be worthy of a salad," Mazzu says.

They are also offering their burgers in a quarter-pound option for the first time (burgers are regularly a half-pound), served with a side of fries.

"We don't just want to be a flash in the pan. We want to be here for the long run," Mazzu says.

On opening day, the Burger Guys are giving away scoops of Cinnamon Toast Crunch ice cream and free sides of fries to the first 200 customers, so get there early — the doors open at 10:30 a.m.