by Tim Regan October 4, 2016 at 11:00 am 0

Red Robin’s fast-casual concept on 19th Street is no more.

The burger chain announced this week it was closing nine of its Burger Works locations across the U.S., apparently including the one at 1028 19th St. NW. An eagle-eyed PoPville reader first spotted the closure of the 19th Street store earlier today.

“We’re sorry,” reads a sign on the front door of the former burger joint. “This location has closed.”

The closure is the latest in a long list of restaurants to leave 19th Street over the past year. Other recently shuttered businesses along the corridor include Olivia’s DinerSophie’s Cuban, Science Club, Protein Bar, Noodles and Company, Smith and Wollensky, Melt Shop and others.

by Tim Regan August 11, 2016 at 12:55 pm 0

Shake Shack burgerA popular burger chain will give away free burgers next week to celebrate the opening of its 100th store.

Shake Shack will dole out a free ShackBurger or sandwich of equal or lesser value to the first 100 people through the door on Tuesday, Aug. 16 starting at 10:30 a.m.

All of the D.C.-area locations (minus the one at Nationals Park) are slated to give away burgers during the event.

District Shake Shacks participating in the promotion include:

  • Dupont Circle (1216 18th St. NW)
  • F Street (800 F St. NW)
  • Union Station (50 Massachusetts Ave. NE)

Two restaurants in Northern Virginia will also join in on the deal.

“The celebration comes on the heels of the Boston Seaport Shake Shack opening next week, which marks the 100th Shake Shack location around the globe,” according to a press release from the eatery.

More info on the giveaway from Shake Shack:

We started at the park, now we’re here! Twelve years after opening its first location at Madison Square Park in New York City, Shake Shack will open its 100th Shack at the Boston Seaport, located at 77 Seaport Boulevard, on Tuesday, August 16th.

To celebrate this moment in Shake Shack’s history, the first 100 guests at Shacks worldwide (‘cept stadiums and ballparks) will receive a free single ShackBurger (or a burger of equal or lesser value, before 12PM). All US Shacks will begin welcoming guests at 10:30AM on Tuesday, August 16th.

“From our first-ever Shack in Madison Square Park twelve years ago, to so many incredible places in between, opening our 100th Shack at Boston Seaport is an epic milestone for us,” said Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti. “We’re overwhelmed by the love and enthusiasm from our fans around the world, and this moment wouldn’t be possible without them. Here’s to bringing more Shacks to local communities around the world!”

Shake Shack is a modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers and flat-top Vienna beef dogs (no added hormones and no antibiotics ever), 100% all-natural cage-free chicken (no antibiotics ever), spun-fresh frozen custard, crinkle cut fries, craft beer and wine (available at select locations) and more.

The company sprouted from a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in Manhattan, created by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) to support the Madison Square Park Conservancy’s first art installation “I ♥ Taxi.” The cart was quite the success, with Shack fans lined up daily for three summers.

Shake Shack was officially born in July 2004 when USHG won the bid to open a permanent kiosk in the Park. Its green architecture was designed to make it harmonious with the park and its surroundings. An instant neighborhood fixture, Shake Shack welcomed people from all over the city, country and world who gathered together to enjoy fresh, simple, high-quality versions of classic American fare in a majestic setting.

Shake Shack remains a fun and lively community-gathering place with widespread appeal. From its premium ingredients and caring hiring practices to its environmentally responsible designs and deep community investment, Shake Shack’s mission is to Stand For Something Good. Since the original Shack opened in 2004, the company has opened multiple locations in 15 states and the District of Columbia, as well as international locations in London, Tokyo, Istanbul, Dubai, Moscow, Seoul and more.

Image courtesy Shake Shack

by Tim Regan July 18, 2016 at 1:55 pm 0

Tasty Burger is set to open at 2108 8th St. NW this month

A Boston eatery known for its burgers, fries and shakes will open near the 9:30 Club later this week.

Tasty Burger is set to open in the Atlantic Plumbing development at 2108 8th St. NW this Thursday, the company announced this afternoon.

When it opens, the new burger joint will serve burgers, shakes, hot dogs and chicken nuggets. Tasty Burger’s menu will also include mumbo dipping sauce and a gin rickey cocktail, two culinary items rumored to have been invented here in D.C.

“I don’t want people thinking… this is a Boston place coming to D.C. because that’s not who we are,” Tasty Burger owner David DuBois told us last month. “We’re a neighborhood restaurant group wherever we are. That’s just who we are.”

Read more from a Tasty Burger press release:


by Tim Regan June 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm 1 Comment

A burger joint by celebrities Mark and Donnie Wahlberg will open in the space that formerly held Ping Pong Dim Sum near Dupont Circle.

Wahlburgers is slated to open later this year at 1 Dupont Circle NW, the company announced in a press release this afternoon. Ping Pong Dim Sum closed its location there in January.

When it opens, the new Wahlburgers will span 6,500 square feet and will serve a menu of burgers, sandwiches, fries and shakes.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing Wahlburgers to our nation’s capital, especially during such an exciting election year,” said Rick Vanzura, CEO of Wahlburgers, said in the press release. “We look forward to serving D.C.’s diverse community and welcoming everyone from foreign ambassadors and elected officials to students and visitors.”

The Washington Business Journal first announced that Wahlburgers had its eye on the D.C. region earlier this year.

Read the full release below:


by Tim Regan May 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

1647 Connecticut Ave. NW

A burger joint just north of Dupont Circle seeks to add beer, wine and cocktails to the menu

Bareburger, the burger-centric eatery located at 1647 Connecticut Ave. NW, has applied for a license to serve alcohol , according to a recent filing with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA).

According to a draft menu we received from Bareburger representative Nabeel Alamgir, the restaurant intends to serve beers in sizes varying from 20 to 60 ounces, glasses and bottles of wine, and blended frozen drinks and other cocktails.

“The beer and wine section will be sourced locally to D.C. area,” Alamgir said. “Over 90 percent of our locations serve alcohol.”

Bareburger opened last month.

by Tim Regan March 24, 2016 at 10:15 am 1 Comment

Dupont Circle’s forthcoming burger joint treated some of its neighbors to lunch yesterday ahead of its grand opening.

Bareburger, the burger-centric eatery located at 1647 Connecticut Ave. NW, held an invite-only tasting event for ANC 2B commissioners, firefighters and other locals yesterday around lunchtime. The burger eatery serves a menu of burgers and sandwiches topped with ingredients like aged cheddar, pickled onions and, of course, fried eggs.


by Tim Regan March 7, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay paid a visit to one of his namesake Bobby’s Burger Palace (2121 K St. NW) locations earlier today.

The “Iron Chef” was in town talking burgers and buns with Great Day Washington, WUSA9’s live daily talk show.


by Tim Regan February 16, 2016 at 12:45 pm 0

A popular burger joint located in Dupont Circle will satisfy more than burger cravings tonight.

Shake Shack (1216 18th St. NW) is set to donate 15 percent of the total cost of some orders to the National Network to End Domestic Violence between 5 and 11 p.m. tonight. (more…)

by Tim Regan January 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

Howard University students and faculty will have a reason to visit Z-Burger’s Columbia Heights location next week.

The eatery, which is located at 3301 14th St. NW will sling one free burger, turkey burger or veggie burger to Howard students and faculty between Jan. 18 and 25, according to a Facebook event listing.

The promotion is part of a series of deals and discounts seemingly aimed at luring prospective customers with cheap burgers. The burger joint will also sell burgers for just $2 on Jan. 26.

Photo courtesy of Z-Burger

by Tim Regan November 24, 2015 at 10:30 am 0

Z-Burger, photo via Heights residents can trade two one-dollar bills for a hamburger made to their liking at Z-Burger (3301 14th St. NW) all day today.

Veggie and turkey burgers will be sold for $4, and all toppings are free except cheese and bacon, according to a Facebook page for the event.

The promotion is part of a weekly city-wide deal aimed at luring prospective customers with discounted burgers. Next week, discounted burgers will be sold at the company’s Tenleytown location.

by Tim Regan October 27, 2015 at 9:35 am 0

Surprise! Ray’s Hell Burger is alive in D.C.

The previously troubled eatery teased its forthcoming Mount Vernon Triangle location (451 K Street NW) with an impromptu “Ray’s The Undead” party and free chicken sandwiches last night.

Guests could choose between “angry” and “monster” chicken sandwiches during the event. As one might expect, plenty of people lined up for the gratis grub, reported Borderstan contributor Laetitia Brock.

If you didn’t make it out last night, don’t fret. Employees behind the counter said the hyped Arlington-based burger shop is set to open its doors on K Street with a full menu of burgers, sandwiches, shakes and fries and later today.

Photos by Laetitia Brock

by Tim Regan October 5, 2015 at 10:50 am 0

Tasty BurgerA Boston burger chain is one step closer to opening its first D.C. location.

A public hearing notice for a new liquor license application shows that Tasty Burger is moving forward with its plans to set up shop in the forthcoming Atlantic Plumbing development at 2108 8th St. NW.

According to the application, the eatery seeks to serve burgers, fries, hot dogs and shakes in addition to alcoholic drinks. The restaurant would seat 56 people indoors and 29 people in an outdoor summer garden, and seeks to provide “occasional acoustical music and similar live entertainment.”

Though details regarding when the burger chain would open are sparse, Eater reported in August that Tasty Burger fans will have to wait until at least this winter to get their fix.

by Tim Regan June 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm 2 Comments

Olivia’s Diner, the hotly anticipated greasy spoon at 1120 19th St. NW, will open July 1 with a menu of burgers and breakfast items.

“We hope to serve the typical diner fare,” says Olivia’s co-founder Thomas Marr, who’s also part owner of Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza.

“Burgers on cast-iron plates the old-fashioned way, eggs, hashes, several different benedicts,” Marr adds. The diner will also serve liege-style Belgian waffles in waffle irons ordered from Belgium and a handful of dinner items such as steaks, hand-cut fries, meatloaf and fish and chips platters.

Marr says he also plans to include draught beers from local brewers such as DC Brau, Lost Rhino, and Port City.

But, there’s a catch: The diner won’t be open around the clock as previously reported, at least not at first.

When it opens in July, Olivia’s will serve customers from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

However, Marr says the goal is to go 24 hours eventually.

“We feel like there’s a good likelihood that we’ll be able to be 24 hours over the weekend [in the future],” he says. “Once we get into September and October we’ll have a good idea of what to expect.”


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