New Burger Joint Coming to Town

Burger Tap & Shake logo

Tenleytown may soon have one less vacant store front. An Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration hearing notice (see page 9) posted at 4445 Wisconsin Avenue, NW – the former site of the EURAsian Hot Pot and Neisha Thai restaurants – indicates that Burger Tap & Shake plans to open a second location in our neighborhood.

Property owner Douglas Development Corporation has also updated its website with a mock-up of BTS signage for the 2,254 square foot space at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Albemarle Street. 

BTS, a member of the Passion Food Restaurant Group that also includes DC Coast, Acadiana, and District Commons, among others, has a current location in Foggy Bottom at 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

According to the ABRA notice, BTS plans to offer “quick-service burgers, shakes, and salads.” Despite being a casual, counter service restaurant, the menu for its Foggy Bottom location features what could be described as gourmet-style burgers, all for $8 or less. BTS is known for its in-house custom meat blends that comprise its signature burgers.

In addition to food, BTS plans to have a full bar, though thankfully the ABRA notice states that there will be “no dancing” and “no nude performances” – although including this language could make one wonder why the specification was needed. The restaurant would be open from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday; alcohol would be served starting at 8:00 a.m. through closing.

BTS would compete with local burger joint Z Burger, although that restaurant appears to be facing other challenges of late with a lawsuit and countersuit among its owners and recent health code violations, which have subsequently been resolved.

An initial hearing on BTS’s ABRA license is scheduled for March 2, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

Thanks to reader Stephen Voss for the heads-up on BTS’s potential arrival.


  • It’s disappointing to know that another chain type restaurant is moving to what has become a crowded fast food strip.

    • Not sure BTS can accurately be called a chain, but would agree that the neighborhood could benefit from a few more mid-range/slightly upscale restaurants to mix things up – especially closer in to the Metro station.

  • Very disappointing! Given the demographics in the neighborhood this is an insult to the community. We are sick and tired of fast food joints junking up our neighborhood when we should be getting quality restaurants. As it is we only have a few nice sit-down restaurants in Tenleytown (Masala Art, Bread & Salt, Murasaki, and maybe I’ll allow Guapo’s in this group if I’m being generous), the rest are mostly junk food establishments. Good god, why can’t this neighborhood attract more decent restaurants??

    • Don’t forget to include the new Casa Fiesta, Cafe Ole, Le Chat Noir, and Matisse on our outer edges. But, yes, we definitely need more sit-down restaurants and closer to the center of the neighborhood!

    • I think a big problem is that if you’re opening a chef-driven restaurant these days, it’s more appealing to do so downtown where you have large concentrations of the types of people who go out to dinner frequently (i.e., those without kids) not to mention droves of tourists. I think Tenleytown is an attractive market for casual, lower-price point places, like a Thai restaurant or a place like Open City/the Diner that can appeal to families and students (although the very similar Bread and Salt is perpetually empty so maybe even that isn’t true). In any event, there’s still the Payless Shoes space that is yet to be filled, so maybe we’ll get something good there.

      • Agree with the thrust of Jeff’s argument although the tone is a little hard. I’d add that it’s not only “our” neighborhood we’ve grown as a retail, office, and education (primarily AU) center in the 22 years I’ve been here. And it seems that the new eateries are geared to a lunch crowd that what’s to get in and get out fast.

  • Should read “lunch crowd that wants”