Opening soon: My Burger

WEST CALHOUN — My Burger is expanding out of the skyway and into Southwest.

Co-owner John Abdo confirmed that his restaurant has signed a lease in a newly constructed commercial property at 3100 Excelsior Boulevard. The site used to be the home of the Boulevard Gardens.

Slated for opening sometime in November, the Excelsior restaurant will be the second My Burger in Minneapolis. The restaurant’s original location opened in 2004 Downtown in the skyway at 6th & Marquette.

Running a 900 square-foot restaurant in the skyway presents unique challenges. For one, since most of My Burger’s Downtown clientele are workers on lunch breaks, the skyway restaurant only stays open until 3 p.m. and closes on the weekends. By contrast, the 1,700 square-foot Southwest location will be open everyday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

But though the Southwest My Burger is larger and open later than its Downtown counterpart, the menu will be the same. Abdo characterized his restaurant as “a classic burger, fries and malt joint.” My Burger serves never-frozen 100 percent Angus beef and buns sourced from a local bakery.

“To begin with, we want to make sure we’re doing something we know how to do,” Abdo said. “But as our customers look for it, we’ll slowly expand the menu.”

For more information, check out My Burger’s website at myburgerusa.com.

— Reach Aaron Rupar at arupar@mnpubs.com. On Twitter at @atruparJournals.