Give us an Al’s Burger Shack or else: Public demand forces a change to pub concept

In the end, the Al’s Burger Shack brand was just too strong.

Open only two months, Al’s Pub Shack will give in to popular demand and accept itself as the third Al’s Burger Shack.

Al’s Pub Shack, from owners Al and Melody Bowers, opened in April as a more traditional sit-down restaurant. The Pub Shack served a cheese plate and salads and fish and chips and a smoked pork sandwich. There was a burger on the menu, but it was not a burger shack burger. There was no Bobo Chili Cheeseburger, or rosemary seasoned crinkle cut fries.

The confusion became too much to bear, the owners declared Monday in a Facebook message.

“We thought it would pass, but the questions just kept coming,” the Bowers said in a Facebook post. “’Where are the rosemary fries?’ and ‘Can I order a Buddy Bite Kenny J with sweet potato fries?’”

Located in Chapel Hill’s Governors Village development, Al’s Pub Shack will be closed from July 1-7, reopening on July 8 as Al’s Burger Shack.

Last year, Al’s Burger Shack nabbed top burger in the country honors via Trip Advisor. The popular Chapel Hill burger company became famous for its Carolina-burger inspired Bobo Chilli Cheeseburger. There is also an Al’s location in Chapel Hill’s Southern Village.

When the Governors Village location opens next week, it will have a full bar, differing from the other locations, but the same Al’s Burger Shack menu. It is at 50050 Governors Village in Chapel Hill.

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Drew Jackson writes about restaurants and dining for The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun, covering the food scene in the Triangle and North Carolina.