Organic, eco-friendly burgers served up in Cary


The organic, all natural, eco-friendly movement is finally coming to a fast-food chain

BurgerFi, which opened in Cary on Tuesday, promises burgers from grass-fed cattle that were given no hormones or antibiotics. The beef is not local, but the produce and the craft beers on the menu are, says Charlie Gaston, the director of operations.

The beef comes from Myers Ranch in Colorado, which has stringent protocols and has been designated “certified humane.” If you think that means pricey, Gaston said the “classic” sells for $5.97.

For vegetarians there is a quinoa burger. The restaurant also boasts a Coke freestyle soda machine – which offers 150 flavors (Raspberry Coke, anyone?)

The eco-friendly comes in other ways as well: The restaurant was built with sustainable practices; chairs are made from recycled Coke bottles and tables out of compressed recycled wood. And, of course, the restaurant recycles everything from oil to bottles and cans. The Cary site is at 2052 Renaissance Park Place.

This is the first North Carolina BurgerFi – and the first outside of Florida – for the chain that started in 2009 in Delray Beach, Fla. The Cary location is owned by Burly Moss of Charlotte and Henry Harris of Charleston, S.C.

Gaston moved his family from Cincinnati to Cary to start “the burgification of the nation.” Now you see where the name comes from.

Gaston, who has worked in the restaurant industry for 35 years, has a history of picking winners: Outback Steakhouse and Bonefish Grill being just two chains he has been affiliated with.

The owners plan 20 BurgerFi restaurants for North and South Carolina.

Their second will open in September in the Holly Park Shopping Center on Wake Forest Road in Raleigh (behind the Trader Joe’s.) They’re in talks for a site in Chapel Hill and plan locations in Charlotte, Wilmington and Asheville as well.

Each will have a patio area. “We’ve taken the Florida indoor outdoor patio concept for each store,” Gaston said.

The Port City Java on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh will close Saturday. Employees of the coffee shop at the corner of Fayetteville and Martin streets said they were told on Monday about the closing.

At Cameron Village in Raleigh, Scout & Molly’s opens Monday in a new location: the old Fedora’s space. Fedora’s, if you remembered, moved into the former Soho space after that shop closed.

Hendrick Toyota Scion Apex has opened at 1210 Laura Village Drive in Apex. The 145-employee dealership sells and services new and used vehicles. Hendrick Automotive Group, based in Charlotte, is one of the largest automotive retail companies in the country. The company bought the Apex land in 2007. At the grand opening, chairman Rick Hendrick credited Apex’s elected officials for working with the dealership while taking a dig at neighboring Cary.

“Just right down the street in Cary, they don’t want any dealerships,” Hendrick said in a statement. “It’s hard to get approval. Apex worked very hard. The mayor, Keith Weatherly, really went to bat for us. City council, town council, town planners helped us look for land. ... They just could not have been better. I’ve never had a mayor and a city council try so hard to get us in a market as they did here.”

Perfume Galore opens Aug 6. at Northgate Mall in Durham. The store, 1,731 square feet of discounted brand-name fragrances for men and women, is near Macy’s.

Verizon Wireless, operated by Cellular Sales, moved to an expanded 2,466-square-foot space near Baron’s Menswear.

Staff writers Amy Rue, Mary Cornatzer and David Bracken

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