Burger & Beer Joint Expands to Brickell

The burger craze

is heading south, with the expansion of the wildly popular Burger & Beer

Joint to Mary Brickell Village. Although B&B has been open for less than a

year on Miami Beach, they are on the move. Co-owners Buzzy Sklar and Ron Garcia

just signed the lease on a 6,000-square-foot space in Mary Brickell Village.

Expect the same carnivorous mixture of burgers and rock and roll at the second

location. Sklar notes that the menu will be identical to the original, with

popular burgers like Fly Like an Eagle, Thunder Road and Hotel California. The

beer-battered onion rings with jalapeno cheese sauce will be there, too, as

well as the gimmicky "Mother Burger," a 10-pound Angus beef patty recently

featured on the Travel Channel's show, Man

V. Food. Also look for their signature adult milkshakes and 99 bottles of

beer from around the world.

The Brickell

incarnation of B&B hopes to debut by early summer. In addition to the

restaurant, there will be a sports bar with an emphasis on the Happy Hour

crowd. Understandably Sklar is bullish on the Brickell crowd: "It's a perfect

fit for what we do," he says. "We already get our customer base from across the

water, so now we are coming to them. Our price point is ideal for the

demographic of people working and living in the Brickell area. It's not a $100

meal, like the other restaurants in Mary Brickell Village." Plus, they have a 5

a.m. license so the sports bar will be rocking late night. It doesn't hurt that

their new partner for this location is Louis Puig of Space fame. As to whether

we will see a B&B in Aventura in the near future, Buzzy comments that, "Our

phones keep ringing with new opportunities all of the time. But we are being

selective. We want to protect the brand."

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