Florida’s hottest burger arrives in the Kansas City area next week. BurgerFi (11635 Ash Street) will open in Leawood’s Park Place at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 2.
“The food will really speak for itself,” says co-owner Joshua Kurzban. “I think our attention to detail and quality are unmatched at this price point.”
BurgerFi — shorthand for the “burgerfication of the nation,” — began as a special at The Office, a gastropub in Delray Beach, Florida. The CEO Burger gained a cult following and spawned an entirely new restaurant concept that has exploded in the past three years. Kurzban and his wife Michelle are local franchisees, opening a location in Leawood and a second shop in Lawrence.
“My wife and I had spent a lot time in Southern Florida and we fell in love with the food and atmosphere,” Kurzban says. “We wouldn’t be doing this if not for the taste and quality of products.”
The burgers are made with grass-fed, hormone-free Angus beef and the buns are branded with the restaurant’s logo. Order a burger “green style,” and the patty comes wrapped in lettuce in lieu of a bun. There’s a Breakfast All Day Burger topped with American cheese, hickory bacon, a fried egg, hash browns, grilled dice onions, ketchup and a drizzle of maple syrup, as well as a dry-aged brisket burger. They also have a veggie burger made with quinoa and lentils.
“I like the half-and-half done green style. It’s a beef patty and veggie patty topped with cheese [American and white cheddar],” Kurzban says. “It’s just a great combination of tastes.”
BurgerFi serves beef hot dogs, smoked chicken sausages and an American kobe beef dog. The sides are hand-dipped onion rings and fries (available limp, regular or well-done), which are hand-cut and can be topped with salt and vinegar, parmesan cheese, chili and cheese or hot Cajun spices. Boylan’s sodas are available as is Coke in glass bottles. Both were picked because they’re made with cane sugar, as are the frozen custard and concretes. They also have shakes and floats. [The full menu is here].
“I think this area is sensitive to natural food products. We do farm to table in a fun way,” Kurzban says.
Another BurgerFi outpost is planned for Lawrence, opening this summer in the former Chutney’s space at 918 Massachusetts Street. The three-year-old Florida-based chain is the midst of a massive expansion with plans to more than double in size to 75 locations by the end of 2014.
The Park Place location will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.[Image via Facebook: BurgerFi]