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
- 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