Burguesa Burger, a Dallas-based restaurant chain that started up last year, is opening a franchise on Fort Worth Avenue soon.
The franchisee is renovating a buiding at 710 Fort Worth Avenue, a former 50s-style diner not far from the Belmont Hotel and adjacent to the Alamo Plaza Hotel Courts. The restaurant is expected to open in about a month. Here is a rendering of how it will look.
"We like to recycle real estate and go into neighborhoods such as Oak Cliff, which as you know, is an evolving neighborhood, and we want to be part of that," says Charles Ballard, the company’s chief progress officer.
Burguesa Burger is from the founders of Which Which and Genghis Grill, and the chain is expanding quickly.
The restaurant, a Mexican burger place that also serves breakfast tacos, opened its first store, near UT Southwestern Medical Center, in May 2009. The second store, in downtown Dallas, opened last month. Aside from the Oak Cliff store, franchises also are opening in Irving and McAllen.
The restaurant’s signature dish is "The Original Mexican Burger". When I read the list of its ingredients to my editor (who is vegan), she said, "that’s out of control." But in such a good way: special creamy sauce, avocado, onion, tomato, lettuce, refried beans, tostadas, ham, two slices of cheese and two beef patties. Yes.