An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Apr 9, 2014
07:26 AMThe Connecticut Table
New Ridgefield Burger Joint Will Keep It Simple, Delicious and Prime
Soon there will be another delicious addition to the diverse and thriving food scene in Ridgefield – Prime Burger – which will put a fresh, local twist on classic burgers and shakes.
The restaurant, which is slated for a soft open this Saturday and will open its doors to the general public on Monday, is owned by the same team that has operated the down home butcher, Ridgefield Prime, for the last six years.
Owner Eddie Bistany says customers have been throwing the idea of a burger joint at him for years, but the timing and details were never right. The idea for Prime Burger has been a serious one for the last 18 months, and when he found an available location at 449 Main Street, he knew they had a good thing going.
“It’s a great spot,” says Bistany.
The plan is to keep it simple with a, “quality product and a fast food concept.” That means burgers (beef, turkey and salmon) and fries made in-house (never frozen) and served fast. , Shakes and fountain sodas will be the beverages.
“All our burgers will be made with USDA prime beef and we are going to grind it fresh throughout the day at the restaurant,” says Bistany. “We’re not going to have the butcher shop supply it.” (Right, a portabella burger from Ridgefield Prime's Facebook page.)
People will order at the counter, take a number for their table and be served their meal when it’s hot and ready. Bistany says people will be expected to wait maybe 10 or 15 minutes, but never 30 minutes like other high-end burger joints.
“Ours will be a $6 burger, not a $10 or $12 burger,” he says. The focus is “giving people something good to eat.”
Prime Burger is owned by Bistany and his butcher shop partner, Robert Sperry, and will be managed by his cousin Anthony Valente, who has 40 years in the restaurant business.
On Saturday (April 12), the team will open Prime Burger to friends and family for a few hours as a test run. “We want them to tell us if something is broken,” says Bistany.
Then on Sunday (April 13), Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue (ROAR) will team up with the restaurant for a fundraiser. Prime Burger will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. and 50 percent of each customer’s bill will be donated to ROAR. It’s an opportunity for the public to check out the new shop and help a good cause at the same time.
On Monday (April 14), the doors will officially be open. Bistany says they’re still working out the fine details but the expectation is that hours will run from lunchtime through 9 or 10 p.m.
“We’re not going to be a breakfast place. We’ll strictly do what we do,” he says.
For more info on ROAR’s fundraiser, visit their website at roar-ridgefield.org.