Only Burger, the fast-casual burger joint that got its start as a food truck in 2008, is opening a second brick-and-mortar restaurant at Durham’s American Tobacco Campus.
The development, which is downtown at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, has been a longtime lunch spot for the Only Burger truck. Owner Brian Bottger said one of his company’s goals has been to expand, and his relationship with ATC made the location choice an easy one.
“We won’t be able to have our truck down there, but we’ll be there permanently,” Bottger said. “It’s been one of our best spots on a consistent basis, year after year.”
At the new location, customers can expect the same popular Only Burger menu, which includes beef, veggie and turkey burgers, along with fried green tomato and pimento cheese sliders, grilled cheese, bacon-wrapped mac and cheese squares, french fries and onion rings.
Only Burger also offers specialty items such as a Carolina Burger with cheese, mustard, chili and slaw, and the Texan that’s topped with brisket, pepper jack cheese, jalapeños and an onion ring.
Burgers will range from about $5 for a single to about $7 or $8 for a specialty burger. Side items will be around $2 to $3, Bottger said.
The new spot is also making some menu additions: milkshakes and draft beer.
Beers on tap will be a mix of dark, light and seasonal brews that Bottger said might rotate, and the place will also carry bottles and cans, including some from local breweries.
The 1,850-square-foot place will be about twice as big as the restaurant’s Shannon Road location, which opened in 2010, and it will have an outdoor patio and seat about 50 people.
The new Only Burger will focus on the truck as its theme, and use truck parts as part of the decor and furniture.
“We want to remind people where we came from,” Bottger said.
Bottger said he also plans to find a new spot for his truck’s Thursday lunches but hopes the new restaurant will help with the company’s expansion goals.
“Being part of downtown and part of the ballpark will give us exposure to people who wouldn’t necessarily find us,” Bottger said. “It gives us an opportunity to expand our product and brand to people who aren’t aware of us.”
Only Burger will be at 359 Blackwell St., next to Moe’s Southwest Grill and Which Wich in the Diamond View III complex. It’s expected to open in August.
The fast-casual restaurant will serve high-quality beef, exotic meat and veggie hot dogs, along with Belgian frites, dipping sauces, milkshakes, local draft beer and a variety of bottled beers.
Prices and menu details, including the types of buns and dipping sauce flavors, are still being developed, said general manager Brandon Christy. But he does know one thing the place won’t offer: red hot dogs.
“We will absolutely not have a red hot dog,” Christy said.
Tasty 8’s will have eat-in or take-out service, plus a to-go window. The 1,700-square-foot restaurant will be open for lunch, dinner and late night until about 3 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Christy said.
The place will hold about 30 to 40 people and also have outdoor seating.
Tasty 8’s theme is, well, the number eight, which Christy said will tie into its offerings such as eight types of hot dogs, eight types of dipping sauces, eight types of milkshakes and eight types of craft beers.
“It’s just a catchy number,” Christy said. “It’s simple. It’s a very simple concept that will be very hard to mess up.”
Tasty 8’s will be at 121 Fayetteville St., in the former Spize Cafe space.
The 250-square-foot shop will offer an expanded selection of Peter Millar apparel. Both stores are at 140 Franklin St., Suite 140.
This month’s products include all-beef hot dogs, meaty back ribs, Polish kielbasa sausages and bacon-wrapped pork filet. Prices for these meats range from $3.29 per pound to $4.29 per pound.
Pickup locations are at Solid Rock Ministries at 401 Creech Road in Raleigh; Mount Zion Church at 316 Allen Lewis Drive in Cary; Open Door Baptist Church at 9801 Durham Road in Raleigh; and Mosaic Church at 2031 W. Club Blvd. in Durham.