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Oct 8, 2008 07:20 PM

Rachael Ray scares us, er, announces again she plans to open a burger restaurant

Well, she talked about it back in 2006, then it went away, but it is back again this week. Not sure if it is to get some media attention away from her throat surgery, or get more attention to her Burger Bash.... but her immediate threat of a burger joint it back in the news.

"Meat-lover Rachael Ray hasn't given up on her dream of opening up a hamburger pub in midtown. She's been talking about it for years now, but you really want to believe her (or stop her) when she tells the Post, "I'm going for a '60s back-in-the-day Rat Pack-y kind of hangout, and I want the bar to be really central [and] the burgers to become a very social thing. I want people to come to the bar to see beautiful proper martinis being made and to enjoy some sliders."
The subject came up as Ray was promoting Friday's Wine & Food Festival Burger Bash in DUMBO. She's hosting the event, which features sixteen chefs—including Tom Colicchio, David Burke, and Al Roker—competing for the title of city's best burger baron. But they're going to have their work cut out for them to impress Ray; she says, "I've always been partial to the Whopper - no mayonnaise, add mustard. In California, I love In-N-Out." Those are good burgers, Rachael."

Other than tourists and die-hard RR fans.... do you think anyone would eat there?

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  1. Between tourist and fans she should do fine and if the burgers were really good, I'd eat there myself....if the the place wasn't filled with tourist and RR fans.

    1. She joins the ranks of Bobby Flay and Michel Richard in D.C. who are also touting their new burger concepts...give it a shot I say. Why not?

      1. Yes. Lots of people will eat there. Sigh. However, if Rachael Ray wasn't Rachel Ray I would eat there. A cool 60s style pub with an extensive burger menu and great martinis sounds kinda good. Unfortunatly she is Rachel Ray and if her favorite burger outside of CA is a Whooper no mayo... If she thinks that the Whopper is a "good burger" she has no business opening a burger joint.
        Let's all hang our heads in a moment of silence for the poor souls she gets to work in her kitchen. Imagine Rachel Ray owns your business and you have not choice but to listen to her. Ugh.

        1. Burgers and martinis is a weird concept but i'd give it a shot. nice list of interesting burgers is a concept that works well. Personally, I wish they'd have more than burgers. and yes it scares the hell out of me that she throws the whopper into conversation

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          1. re: Icantread

            <<Burgers and martinis is a weird concept>>

            I thought so, also. Were the members of the Rat Pack known for eating burgers? I just don't picture high-end martinis being served with burgers in the Rat Pack era, but I could be wrong.

            I love a good martini and a good burger, but I just don't think of eating them together, even "high-end" sliders.

            1. re: rweater

              rweater asked whether the members of the Rat Pack were known for eating burgers.

              Not that I've ever heard. I know they liked Italian food -- because Frank and liked it -- but I've never heard any mention of burgers.

          2. I can see all the little workers in the kitchen putting nutmeg and chicken stock in the meat, and then "scoring" it with their hands into quarters for even patties..... UGH

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            1. re: jackbauer

              Nutmeg: that little something that makes people go "hmmm"

              1. re: coney with everything

                Or as my husband says, "It's that little thing in the background that makes people go hmmmm, this tastes like eggnog:-)