New burger joint opens downtown
December 15, 2016
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A new restaurant, Hamburger Mikey’s, has joined Third Street in Downtown Muskegon.
The restaurant has a simple menu of an “Original Mikey” (a single patty hamburger), a “Fat Mikey” (a double patty hamburger) and two sizes of fries.
The burger joint opened its doors for the first time on Monday, Nov. 22, for a test drive with friends and family. The “soft opening” on Nov. 23 drew a crowd.
“For our soft opening, there was a line down the block,” said Tim Taylor, managing partner of Hamburger Mikey’s. “On the first day, we sold all but four burgers and a regular fry.”
The excitement for the new restaurant did not wear off in the days following the opening.
“We sold almost 1,000 burgers and 700 pounds of potatoes in four days,” Taylor said. “We have no freezers, so all of our products are fresh everyday.”
The freshness of the product keeps customers coming back. The fresh meat is locally sourced from Meat Block in Muskegon and the buns are purchased from Aunt Millie’s Bread Store. Taylor said the quality of the product is noticeable and is why his family opened the restaurant.
“Muskegon needed a cool hamburger joint,” Taylor said. “My family started a shaved ice stand at the Farmer’s Market to see if we could work together, and we could.”
The restaurant’s “cool” location is in an up-and-coming neighborhood in Third Street. The restaurant adds to the atmosphere of downtown culture.
“We have an open-faced kitchen, so there is an atmosphere of entertainment,” Taylor said. “There is a neighborhood feel; (we are located in an) eclectic area of town.”