Burger Theory expanding hours for summer, adding live music

April 29, 2024 | 12:09 am

Updated April 28, 2024 | 8:59 pm

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Burger Theory is updating its summer hours and adding live music a couple of nights a week in an effort to provide a unique experience for more customers throughout the community, not just Holiday Inn guests.

The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 4-10 p.m. Monday through Friday. They serve breakfast from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 4-11 p.m. on Saturday.

Food and Beverage Manager Miranda Craig said the restaurant comes alive during the summer with Friday After 5, and Friday nights are often busy. When things are slower during the week, Craig said, they have extra time to accommodate customers.

“With being part of a hotel, we are really focused on hospitality; we don’t generally use the word ‘no’ a lot. We do try to switch between meals smoothly, but if it matters to a guest, I don’t want them to leave. So if we have the ability to do so, we are absolutely going to give them whatever makes them happy and give them a better experience,” Craig said.

Sometimes that means preparing a burger at 9 a.m. for the swing shift worker or having a later breakfast during traditional lunch hours.

Hotel Manager Andrea Benke said that in addition to the menu changes, Burger Theory is adding live music on Tuesdays and Thursdays to fill the lobby.

Benke pointed to the success of the Kentucky Fried Pickin’ weekend in March, when bands and individuals participated in open jam sessions in the hotel lobby. The live bluegrass music kept guests and staff entertained throughout the day.

“They always put on a show. They bring in a decent crowd almost every Tuesday, and just add to the atmosphere with the live music,” Benke said.

Benke said bluegrass is an inherently communal genre that invites people. She hopes to instill that atmosphere throughout the restaurant and lobby.

Benke also noted that the hotel is currently preparing its lawn for the summer season and hopes to make the space more lively for guests. Many class reunions have had meetings throughout the area, and the hotel tries to make the space as user-friendly as possible.

April 29, 2024 | 12:09 am

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