Retro Burger Yonge/St Clair RIP ~Vivat Burger Shack "Burgers are our Business" ?
Well the late and not very lamented Retro Burger is gone from the address of doom on Yonge S of St Clair, and within no time up has sprung a Burger Shack, presumably a cousin of the eatery at Oriole and Eglinton?
Anyone been into this location and have any impressions? it couldn't be worse that its predecessor, I guess; though I will admit to feeling sorry as I passed by daily and saw it usually empty, occasionally with one or two lone customers.
233 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M4R1A9, CA
1450 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T 1Y5, CA
Well since it's near my office and it was new 6 of us tried the burger. The big draw was fresh ground daily meat. For $15 for a burger and fries the food should be good - the fries are shoestring (we decided they were channeling McDonalds) - cooked and tossed with parsley and salt and the burger (we all had the chuck burger - 2 patties, cheese, bacon and carmelized onions) was greasy, greasy, greasy. My bun was shiny with grease before I had 1 bite.
Our verdict - the same as Retro - we tried it once and we won't be back..
Why is it so hard to make a decent burger?
First - this was reported on the Closings thread a couple of weeks back.
Not sure why such a disaster deserves its own thread.
Second it's NOT a Burger Shack - it's Holy Chuck - whole so-called reno done in less than 2 weeks, so may well be a re-branding rather than a new operation.
I note that their 'gig' is that if you eat their $20 special ($18 with a coupon) burger (6 patties ++) in less than 6 minutes, you'll get it free, plus a photo on their wall-of-fame.
So the selling point is that you are rewarded for NOT tasting their burger - just swallowing it! Seems like a strange marketing gimmick to me. Accordingly NOT worth promoting. Even though I have the coupon I'm avoiding it on principle.