Greektown is gaining another burger spot this summer. Farmington-based mini chain Basement Burger Bar is taking over the former Detroit Pub space on Brush Street this summer. The company operated by brothers David and Jamil Azar launched in 2010 and has gained a following for its casual atmosphere, build-your-own burger menu, and craft beer selection.
David Azar tells Eater the 4,700-square-foot Detroit location will seat around 135 diners, making it their largest location. "We kept a lot of the old feel of the place," says Azar, noting that the restaurant will offer a neighborhood bar atmosphere with wood details and natural lighting.
The restaurant will feature 20 craft beers on tap and even more in the bottle, as well as a limited selection of wine and handcrafted cocktails. In terms of the menu, diners can expect laminated menus that allow you to customize your burger with a variety of patties (beef, bison, turkey, panko breaded chicken tenders, and more), buns, temperatures, and toppings. Of course, one could also go for the house favorite — the Junk Burger is loaded with piled high with homemade red pepper mayo, spicy ketchup, garlic mayo and smoked barbecue ketchup, lettuce, pickle, bacon, mozzarella sticks, fried pickles, caramelized onions and onion straws, topped off with nacho cheese sauce.
Basement Burger Bar is aiming to open in July, barring any delays. The grand opening will feature a Short's tap takeover. In the meantime you can check out the locations in Farmington and Canton.