New Burger Joint Coming to Town
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.