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Burger Jones [MSP]

Latinpig Mar 21, 2009 06:02 AM

Has it opened yet?

  1. Latinpig Mar 21, 2009 09:03 AM

    Did my own research

    Though the menu at Burger Jones will have a higher price point than Smashburger, Roberts has confidence that his “witty,” table-service burger bar, also scheduled to open in May, will follow the success of the other Parasole restaurants, such as Chino Latino, Salut and Figlio, which have been performing well despite the dampened economy.

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    1. re: Latinpig
      Enso May 6, 2009 01:16 PM

      Burger Jones? Smashburger? Never heard of 'em.

      Regale us with a bit more info...

      1. re: Enso
        BigE May 7, 2009 07:17 AM

        Burger joints (national chains specifically) are blowing up. Smashburger and Five Guys are chains that are starting to swoop into the MSP area.


        For some reason, I think there is another national chain opening around here too (not Sonic), but I can't think of what it is.

        Burger Jones is an upscale burger joint run by a local group.

        1. re: BigE
          Enso May 8, 2009 01:01 PM

          From Five Guys website: "Zero Gluten, except for our buns"


          I also looked at their menu. Lame. They project an upscale sense to me.

          Smashburger looks like an A&W without the fun ordering from your car.

          For either, if someone's already a fan, my power to 'em; otherwise it's hardly a culinary high.

          1. re: Enso
            kevin47 May 8, 2009 04:30 PM

            I'm a bit mystified by the buzz here, too. There are plenty of places to get a cheap burger, and many of them have cheap beer & wine as well. If I can get a burger and two beers for $14 at Vincent or Blue Door (or the Nook, or Matt's or 5-8 or McCoys or the Bulldog, or...) , what do I need Smashburger for? What niche are they filling, here?

            1. re: kevin47
              getgot211 May 8, 2009 07:14 PM


              they aren't locally owned and there's a very slim chance they'll be putting out burgers better than the above places. so whats the draw? something new I guess? great.

              I guess if I'm in the area and really jonesin' for a burger...

            2. re: Enso
              AnneInMpls May 8, 2009 09:51 PM

              Me, too, either. I don't understand why this thread hasn't been moved to the Chains board. Zzzzzzzzzzz.....


              1. re: AnneInMpls
                MplsM ary May 8, 2009 10:04 PM

                [The first] Burger Jones hasn't opened yet so how can it be a chain?

                1. re: MplsM ary
                  faith May 9, 2009 07:33 AM

                  It does seem like we must be kind of needing excitement in a bad way if every new burger place gets a huge drumroll....I guess that's why they call us....Chowhounds.

                  1. re: faith
                    The Dairy Queen May 9, 2009 10:11 AM

                    I don't have a problem with people getting excited about burgers if they are great. I love the burgers at the Nook and I still think I can be a chowhound.


                    1. re: The Dairy Queen
                      MSPD May 9, 2009 11:51 AM

                      Amen TDQ. First, Burger Jones shouldn't be lumped in with the chains (Five Guys, Smashburger). Do I think the chains will supplant my burger favorites? Doubt it. But I'm all about giving everyone a fair shake.

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        chefsuthers Mar 26, 2009 01:03 PM

        I am the chef for the upcoming Burger Jones. We are planning to open in mid-May.
        Look forward to seeing you there

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          pgokey May 4, 2009 12:54 PM

          The sign in the window says May 17 (or is it 19?). I am excited to try this place out - I love a good burger.

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          1. re: pgokey
            MayrMN May 4, 2009 02:24 PM

            Where is this place?

            1. re: MayrMN
              salvage7 May 4, 2009 02:32 PM

              Punch Pizza shopping plaza by Lake Calhoun.

              1. re: MayrMN
                faith May 4, 2009 02:36 PM

                It is part of the shopping center on Minnetonka Blvd across the road from Whole Foods
                Calhoun store, located next to Tryg's restaurant- there's a huge sign you can't miss if you drive by on Minnetonka. Punch pizza and Little Tel Aviv are in the same shopping center.

                1. re: MayrMN
                  MplsM ary May 4, 2009 03:41 PM

                  It's a good thing they moved in. That strip mall is looking a little vacant now that MGM Liquor moved across the street (next to Whole Foods) and Calhoun Grill moved downtown.

                  Just a reminder there is parking behind the strip mall. I expect both front lots will be jammed when Burger Jones first opens. Oh, and the SW commuter path runs behind the mall too if you want to walk or bike there.

                  I wish them good luck. And I am hoping against hope there will be a vegetarian something on the menu, else to me it'll be like Applebees never left.

                  Burger Jones
                  3200 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55416

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