Owner Alex Smith was putting the finishing touches on the long-awaited burger joint in Harbor East today. The menu signs are hanging from the ceiling, the counter is almost ready to serve customers, and indoor and outdoor seating is in place.
Alex, the grandson of baking magnate John Paterakis Sr., was all smiles when I stopped by to see when the place would be ready for business. As we chatted, people were sticking their heads through the door, asking the same question.
So, this Sunday (March 29), Elevation Burger will officially open. Hours are 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. Originally, the place was supposed to be up and running in November. But construction and permit delays postponed the date.
Now, we can look forward to 100 percent organic, grass-fed, free-range beef and veggie burgers, costing from $3.39-5.99. The fries will be made fresh and cooked in olive oil. There’s a salad, too. The buzz word is healthy.
Alex, who also owns and operates the Häagen-Dazs store in Harbor East, just had a couple of parting words when I left, "Come back." I will.