This is a BIG one!
We’re so excited to announce that QueenBurger, Indy Week’s best new restaurant in Durham for 2021, will open their first brick & Queemortar location for their wildly successful backyard burger bar at American Tobacco Campus in 2022!
“We’ve found a home for our crushable smash burgers, and couldn’t be more excited to enter the fast-casual burger arena with our own distinctive take,” explained co-owner Sean Umstead about their foray into the competitive burger business. QueenBurger will focus on high quality ingredients, simplicity and feature a proper bar for serving fresh cocktails, wine and draft beer from 11am-9pm.
QueenBurger generated a cult following for their progressive pop-up burger bar when they opened in July 2020 as a pandemic “pivot” to the temporarily closed Kingfisher Cocktail Bar in downtown Durham.
Entrepreneurs Umstead & co-owner Michelle Vanderwalker applied the same innovative approach to burgers as to their creative bar business – focusing on high quality local ingredients and a community-driven feel. “QueenBurger’s mission is as much about crave-worthy food and drink as it about creating community and a safe, fun place,” said Vanderwalker.
At ATC, QueenBurger, fans will recognize their signature concise menu of double-patty “smash burgers” – made of local grass-fed Baldwin Beef, griddled onions, NC Hoop Cheddar Cheese, Special Sauce and Old North Meats pickles, as well as sought-after beet-rich Veggie and Vegan burgers – all seared to perfection on a flattop grill visible to guests. Shoestring fries – plain and “hot” – will be new to the line-up. Umstead, a nationally renowned mixologist, has designed a selection of original cocktails to complement the burger menu.
“Queenburger’s arrival represents a continued commitment at American Tobacco to focus on thoughtful, local brands and operators,” says Adam Klein, director, American Tobacco. “Sean, Michelle and fans of their visionary brand will find they are part of a welcoming and thriving ecosystem of dedicated entrepreneurs who call our historic and growing campus home.”
Queenburger will open in early 2022 at Diamond View III and we’ll update you with more information as we get closer!