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Grindhouse Killer Burgers’ new location open for business

Credit: Fred Perry

Credit: Fred Perry

Despite the delays that owner Alex Brounstein endured over the last year, the Piedmont Heights location of Grindhouse Killer Burgers finally opened for business yesterday. When I spoke with Brounstein a month ago and he projected opening by the second week of April, I was skeptical given all of the unforeseen delays that had slowed the project. But it seems that he was pretty close, missing the mark by only a few days.

Here are some more details from Grindhouse’s press release:

Burger lovers have a new mecca with the opening of a second outpost of Grindhouse Killer Burgers on Tuesday, April 19, located in a remodeled fueling station at 1842 Piedmont Road (next to the Gorilla Car Wash near Cheshire Bridge Road). Until now, satisfying one’s Grindhouse craving was no easy task – the original location was open for lunch only and closed on Sundays. But the second Grindhouse location will be offering up their tasty burgers for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, from 11:00am until late.

For the uninitiated, Grindhouse Killer Burgers specializes in custom burgers – start out by choosing a fresh ground, dry-aged beef patty (a custom ground blend of chuck and brisket), a house-made turkey patty or Creative Loafing’s Best Veggie Burger in Atlanta, made from bean and quinoa. From there, you can customize your own burger with loads of house made toppings, sauces and cheeses. For the indecisive and uncreative, Grindhouse also offers eight never-fail “Burger Styles”, including the Apache Style featuring roasted New Mexico green chiles, grilled onions and pepper jack cheese. The new menu at the new Piedmont location will add two new burger styles to the menu (Hillbilly Style and Dixie Style), as well as a sampling of bar snacks such as “Cheesy Poofs” – crispy, golden fried pimento cheese nuggets.

Brounstein and his design team of Anitra Mecadon of Plum Avocado Design (and the new host of the TV show “Mega Dens” on the DIY Network) and Kim Fong of Studio Song have taken the “industrial retro” design of the original Sweet Auburn Market location to a whole new level, with robots vs. pinup girl artwork, a bar made of reclaimed dumpsters, distressed wood floors, and of course, a blood dripping wall. And just like the original location, the new Grindhouse on Piedmont will boast multiple projectors and flat-screen TV’s screening cult and bizarre movies (think Faster Pussycat Go Go Go! or Forbidden Planet).

-By Jon Watson, Food & More blog

17 comments Add your comment

kmb

April 20th, 2011
11:12 am

For the second time I will have posted this comment. I am doing it since the issue I mention seems to be increasing. This is not meant to be a criticism but just an observation. This blog (your post and the others on Food and More) is having more and more items that sound like press releases. Hopefully, the gang at Food and More will make an editorial decision how to balance news and attempts at free advertising. I take it as a sign of success of the blog that restaurants are using it to get the word out about them. While this is a worthy objective in order to maintain a healthy restaurant scene in the Metro area, if not vetted properly may ultimately lead to a decline in the overall quality of the blog.

@buttholebingo

April 20th, 2011
11:25 am

I for one appreciate the blogging of new restaurant openings and enjoy the details about the coonstruction, architect, etc. I look forward to trying out the new location, and passing judgement on the food.

ShaunC

April 20th, 2011
11:33 am

This place is great! Burgers/Fries/Shakes. All top notch!

John Kessler

April 20th, 2011
12:12 pm

kmb – Every week we have three posts about openings, closings and events. They come from press releases, phone calls, other blogs (with attribution) and are meant to be nothing beyond information.

Grasshopper

April 20th, 2011
12:16 pm

Here’s more of that ‘Burger of the Week’ column John and the AJC promised us on April Fools Day.

Enjoy!

Rodney

April 20th, 2011
1:32 pm

JUST got back from lunch at Grindhouse. I opted for a regular old cheeseburger to use as a control group – if you can make a regular cheeseburger tasty and juicy, then odds are the specialty burgers will be tasty. And, they did JUST FINE with my cheeseburger. :)

While I would have liked my burger to be a little less done (I like em pink or even a little bit red), the menu clearly states they won’t cook them rare, so you can’t complain about it because you know going in. That said, even cooked to medium, it was still juicy.

The big winner for me (cause everyone talks about burgers) were the Cheesy Poofs – pimiento cheese boulders cornmeal (I think, cornmeal) breaded and deep fried. They were a little heavy but not too heavy I didn’t eat my fair share!

I’ll be back – I intend on going down the menu of specialty burgers one by one – although, spacing it out every couple of weeks of course.

Kenneth Braunstein

April 20th, 2011
1:59 pm

@John Kessler:
Unfortunately, this week there has been an announcement of a restaurant being on the Food Network Monday, an endorsement on a picnic tin, and basically a promotion for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. While I agree with your blog making people who are interested in food be aware of events, these posts read more unpaid advertisements than announcements.

Soupy Sales

April 20th, 2011
2:00 pm

Apologies for dreaded double posting. I think the film’s title did me in.

up north

April 20th, 2011
4:45 pm

I myself am waiting for The Varsity in Dawsonville to open.

indigo

April 20th, 2011
5:15 pm

Note to up north re waiting for Varsity in Dawsonville: when you already have the Dawsonville Pool Room with its “Bully Burger,” and its auto racing memorabilia, why do you need anything more? I’m not from Dawsonville, I’m from Atlanta, but I like this non cookie cutter, local color, type place. And I like the Bully Burger! And the fries! The problem is too many folks in Atlanta have never even heard of Wild Bill from Dawsonville!

PTC DAWG

April 20th, 2011
10:14 pm

IF the Varsity burgers are your baseline/want….you’re hurting. Go the store, buy some ground chuck, make a nice fat burger, cook it on some real charcoal…enjoy.

ted

April 21st, 2011
1:41 pm

We went last night. They were full and in the weeds. I can understand startup service issues (it came as a surprise that they have table service at all b/c it looks like the layout at the original). But the burger execution wasn’t as good as we remembered from downtown. Mine was definitely well-done to the point of losing all juiciness.

Will give them a little while to get the kinks worked out and give it another shot.

Russ Meyer Fan

April 21st, 2011
2:14 pm

Isn’t it Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (?)

John Kessler

April 21st, 2011
3:19 pm

Yes…it’s totally “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!” I loved that movie. Grindhouse, you listening?

JD

April 22nd, 2011
2:40 pm

Just what Atlanta needs, another burger joint! /sarcasm

Edward

April 24th, 2011
3:36 pm

I visited the new Grindhouse location last evening around 5pm with some friends. It wasn’t too busy, perhaps half-dozen tables of mostly couples. As time progressed it got much busier towards 6pm but by then we were nearly finished. Service was hit-or-miss, they messed up our orders and the kitchen was glacially slow. The bar (we ordered some milkshakes) was also incredibly slow. We sat and watched while the bartenders just stood there watching TV and talking to some girls seated at the bar while we waited 17 minutes (yes, we timed it) for a couple of milkshakes. Not good. The burgers were great, definitely no complaint there. The 5 of us tried several styles, all were raved about. The downside was the onion rings: a complete disaster. Cold, greasy, when you picked them up you only got a slimy slightly-fried onion because all the breading fell off onto the paper boat (or table or your lap). After a couple of those I left the rest untouched. Seriously, somebody needs to learn how to make a decent onion ring because the example here isn’t it. The Cheesy Poofs and the Sweet Potato Kettle Chips are good, however, they were very much appreciated.

I will be back for more burgers, it truly is one of the best in town, but I think I’ll call in an order to go and stop by someplace else on the way home for some side dishes.

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