The highly anticipated opening of Gonzoburger is only days away.
On Friday, Mayor Danny Jones will cut the ribbon to Frank and Julia Gonzales' newest restaurant in the West Side’s Elk City District. Gonzoburger is a custom burger and craft beer joint located at 207 Washington St. West, in Charleston.
Frank announced his new business venture nearly a year ago when Gonzoburger was originally expected to open in mid-summer. However, it took much longer to refurbish the building and reach Gonzo perfection.
“There’s a lot of pride in what we’ve done in here,” Frank said.
Housed in the former home of Chris’ Hot Dogs, the new restaurant kept some of the building’s old charm, including its wooden booths and tables, and its marble bar.
Gonzoburger will serve local beers, along with its variety of burgers, salads and fries.
“To me it’s about simplicity, and hamburgers were a really easy choice for me,” Frank said. “Who doesn’t like a hamburger and beer or a hamburger and Coke?”
The meat served at Gonzoburger is 100 percent certified Angus beef. Any burger which is not served with an additional protein, like bacon, can be replaced with a vegan burger.
Some features include the “Big Jimmy,” two quarter-pound patties with four slices of applewood-smoked bacon and aged cheddar, named after Charleston local Jim Strawn; the “Desperado,” which is served with applewood-smoked bacon, onion rings, sliced jalapenos, barbecue sauce and pepper jack cheese; the “Frat Boy” served with tomato, a butter bib, onion, tzatziki and feta; and the “Gonzoburger” served with lettuce, onion, pickles, Gonzo sauce and American cheese.
Frank described “Gonzo sauce” as “like a light thousand island dressing.”
The couple feels fortunate to be opening another business in the Charleston area. They opened Mi Cocina De Amor in December 2012, just around the corner on Bigley Avenue.
“We’ve been lucky because the people and the city have embraced us,” Frank said.
Much like his first restaurant, Frank hopes to make his customers at Gonzoburger feel right at home.
“When you walk into our restaurant at Mi Cocina, we’re there; and if we don’t know you when you walk in, we know you when you leave,” Frank said. “We just have an ‘it’s our living room’ kind of feel.”
Gonzoburger will soft open for lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, and open for normal hours in the following days.