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