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June opening for Local Burger
The former site of Salute has sat vacant for years in Old Bellevue, but that's about to change as construction ramps up for the June opening of Local Burger, which Josh Groff says will be an extension of a Belltown restaurant for which he is also a limited partner.
Local 360 opened up three years ago with the goal of sourcing at least 90 percent of its food from within 360 miles of Seattle. Narrowing that idea to opening up a great burger joint on Main Street in Bellevue seemed the obvious next move, said Groff.
"We wanted to take the same mantra with local, but with a smaller focus," he said. "… We're just a good burger place with great beer and great wine."
Local Burger's menu will include in-house ground burgers, appetizers, salads and eventually a biscuit brunch. Burgers are expected to range from $10-$14, and include chicken and lamb options. Groff said he's excited to offer a juicy Lucy — a burger stuffed with brie inside — and a Vietnamese-style burger. Chef Marco Villareal will run the kitchen, and brings an extensive background from his time spent working for high-end steakhouses in Texas. He was put to work at Local 360 a while back to get acclimated with the style, Groff said.
Groff said he wants a place that appeals to corporate workers for lunch, with a family-friendly dinner environment and happy hour several nights a week. There will be a full bar that adheres to the locally sourced attitude of Local Burger, including beer selections from Bellevue Brewing Company, and 24 taps on hand. The feel will be rustic, Groff said, and the interior is being remodeled using reclaimed timber, also locally sourced, and barn-style lighting.
Local Burger is anticipated to open in mid-June, but a grand opening will likely occur in July. To find out more, check back regularly at localburger.org, as the website is updated.