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EatBeat: Gourmet Burger Co. From El Salvador Launches in Jupiter

February 2nd, 2011 · 8 Comments

Gourmet Burger Co. El Salvador

What kind of twist can you put on a burger restaurant at this point? Offer two sides, hand-ground meats, specialty buns and a full bar, according to Richard Ganter, co-owner of Gourmet Burger Co. opening next week in Jupiter.

Ganter, his family, and partner Alberto Guasch from San Salvador are putting together a sit-down burger restaurant in the old Vin 21 spot on U.S. 1 at Indiantown Road. “It’s going to be a place to bring the family and an adult hang-out at the bar, too,” Ganter said.

He discovered the burger on a trip to El Salvador, where his wife’s father was dying. “It’s kind of a tale of woe,” he said. Amid the grief, a friend took the family out for what he described as “the best burger you’ll ever eat,” Ganter said. “We went and had the hamburger and my wife and I looked at each other and both of us said ‘This is probably the best hamburger we’ve ever eaten.'”

So here they are, in Jupiter, opening around Feb. 9, after a training session with friends and family over the weekend.

20 handmade sauces

“It’s a five-stage ordering concept,” Ganter said. “You choose a patty, then a cheese, then one of 20 house-made “dipping” sauces, a fry – potato or sweet potato, and a second side.”

Sauces include sweet Cuban pineapple, chipotle barbecue, Napa grape blue cheese and more.

Choices of patties include the beef special, made of a combination of cuts such as skirt-steak, brisket, fillet, rib-eye and more, he said, along with pork, chicken, portobello mushroom, dolphin or salmon.

The second sides range from salads, such as a wedge or hearts of palm salad, to beef carpaccio, Buffalo mayo sauce, broccoli Alfredo or lobster mac n’ cheese. A 8-ounce burger is $12.50 and includes the fry and the second side. A 6-ounce burger with sides (there’s no choice in ordering without sides) is $11.50.

The full, sit-down restaurant will be staffed by waiters who “walk the diner through the ordering experience,” Ganter said.

More of the Gourmet Burger Co. restaurants are planned – possibly in Miami, Gainesville and other Florida locations. Ganter is opening GBC as a private corporation and giving key employees stock in the company. “We want them to assume a certain risk to grow with the company,” he said. “It’s the investment banker in me coming out.”

Gourmet Burger Co.

  • 251 S. U.S. Highway 1, Jupiter
  • 561-746-6200
  • Open: Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Note: Store due to open Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2011

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 D. Stone // Feb 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Not worth the money. lazy wait staff. Cleaned table onto floor and bench of booth. Food came overcooked. Grilled cheese not grilled, on bun and when sent back not fixed. Creamed corn floating in white liquid?? Lettuce wedge with Blue cheese dressing tasted like mayonnaise. Brass Ring has nothing to worry about!

  • 2 John // Feb 27, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Try it quick! Before they are out of business.

    A Sunday lunch out with the family, what could be better than gourmet burgers; simple and satisfying…

    Well…. long story short – the food was horrible and the service lacking. For starters, my burger which was ordered medium rare came well done with a side of cold fries; my wife’s sauce was more of a vinaigrette and her side of mussels were also cold. With a total of three other tables in the establishment, I cant give the benefit of the doubt to the mad rush (there was none) or limited personnel (there was plenty)…

    We had the lobster Mac n Cheese, mussels, a brisket burger and a salmon burger, sweet potato fries and regular fries. Even the lobster Mac was prepared poorly; the lobster was chewy – how disappointing. All anyone has to do is go down the street and copy what the Capital Grill is doing! As I mentioned above, they massacred the brisket burger and slightly overcooked the salmon. The mussels and fries were cold to the touch.

    After finishing a portion of the lunch and chatting a bit, the table was never cleared; we observed a table seated across from us that was never offered a drink for nearly five minuets – they got up and walked out without a second thought of any staff member.

    Overall the concept is as great as any top tier steakhouse, and it could do well, but with no training of their staff on the house side or kitchen side; I seriously doubt we’ll be seeing this place survive through the summer…

  • 3 Ron // Mar 2, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Best Burger Ever!!! The portions are big, the food was exactly what we ordered and service couldn’t be better– over the top great!!! For the rest of the burger joints– watch out GBC is the new best thing!! I’ll be back.

  • 4 Michelle // Mar 2, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I rarely take the time to write online reviews for restaurants but in this case its worth my time.

    First, the ambiance was terrific; clean, new, great music and a full bar–who would of ever thought a burger joint would take the time to make the dining experience feel like the best steak house–KUDOS!

    Second, the burgers have the “WOW” factor and are the best in South Florida; I’ve been back five times. As a native Floridian, I have eaten at so many restaurants and have found most of them struggle with creativity and innovation. GBC is unique and I’m sure, working minor kinks out; in my opinion they are creative and unique in their concept.

    Each time we have gone back the owner is at the front door greeting each patron. He is personable and appears to take pride in quality product and service delivery–I don’t know too many restaurant owners putting that time into the business–KUDO’S AGAIN

    For the other comments:

    D.Stone you clearly have an affection for Brass Ring (like maybe you own it?) and you worry about competition. Like everything in life you have choices–choose not to go back its your loss, just don’t beat up new businesses because its your hobby.


    Well at least you said try it! That is an endorsement! You clearly were upset before you arrived, and if you weren’t; with the economy like it is, instead of beating up a business online, the right thing to do is talk with someone at the restaurant so they can fix things, although my bet is you were trying to find a way out of paying your bill and it didn’t work.

    In closing; There is a new Burger “King” in town. Keep up the great work GBC!

  • 5 Jan Norris // Mar 2, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Commenters: Please keep the focus on the restaurant, not on the other commenters. Mudslinging isn’t pretty.

  • 6 Mike // Mar 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Aside from this restaurant’s freshly unique menu with an abundance of options, Gourmet Burger Company is undoubtedly one of the most superior restaurants in the Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens area.
    As far as the food is concerned, it is well worth the short wait, and comes with enough food to last at least 2 meals. Everything my family and I ordered was cooked to perfection and the beef special hamburger is without a doubt the best meat in town. The burger also comes with two toppings (which I personally think set the burgers apart from any average five guys), an exotic sauce, and a side order. The restaurant is also complete with a full bar and the bartender makes the best margaritas on town, without a doubt.
    Moreover, the staff is fantastic and all waiters were friendly. The owner’s daughter waited on our table and was personable and adorable as well as very helpful, walking us through the entire menu and assuring that our drinks were full and the meal was satisfactory. Additionally her father (the owner) came and greeted us and added a personal touch to the dining experience.
    All in all, GBC is not your average burger joint and beats out Carmine’s CG Burgers any day of the week. So next time you’re looking for an incredible meal in a family-friendly environment, consider giving GBC a shot. You definitely won’t be disappointed!!

  • 7 Brian // Jul 14, 2011 at 12:56 am

    I would’ve tried to help the owners if they had a website I could find. That said…

    My Worst Dining Experience in Years

    I really had to laugh – it was comically horrible – overcooked burgers, service so bad I was wondering if it was all a practical joke.
    Although the concept and menu were impressive, the implementation was unbelievably bad. Highlights included 1) we were sat for 5+ minutes with no menus, 2) From beginning to end, the table was able to order only *one* round of beverages, 3) my medium-rare burger came out medium well – I literally had to track down another server to gets ours, as he never checked to see how our food was prepared – and when I indicated it was overcooked he tried to convince me to keep it. “Just try it” he said “even though it’s all brown it’ll still be OK” I finally just responded “it’s just food” and “it’s OK.” He came back a couple of minutes later, seeing I was unhappy, and said “You know, we could recook that for you. We’ll just bring you the burger meat only, OK?” I had to get up from the table upon reflection to ask for some cheese, and the burger then arrived in 2 minutes flat – obviously not a freshly cooked burger – this time not just medium-well, but flat out well done. I would’ve taken the first burger back at this point, if I had ever seen our waiter again. Once we were finally done eating we waited a solid 10 minutes before getting the check – I finally got up and walked to the bar to get my second drink – and everyone in our party agreed it was horrible. And, to top it off, they weren’t at all busy at 8pm on a Friday night. Oh, did I mention the food was dropped off with no silverware on the table, and we had to hunt that down as well? I have been a waiter and bartender for years of my life, and I can tell you this was so bad it was almost funny.

  • 8 Ted // Jul 18, 2011 at 6:18 pm


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