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