Opening a restaurant for the first time during arguably the busiest weekend of the year is a risky move.
Sure, you have a captive audience but if you make enough of them wait too long or mess up enough orders those guests may never be coming back.
Then again, this isn't Chef Ashley Christensen's first rodeo.
Judging from my Saturday night dinner visit I would have to say the grand opening of Chuck's in downtown Raleigh was a huge success.
The menu is comprised of 8 mouth-watering burgers, all carefully concocted with fresh toppings such as hazlenut-vinagarettle kale, bacon-onion jam, roasted beets and "tortilla dust." Complimenting the %100 chuck mainstays are half-pound Belgian fries with your choice of sauce, shakes, floats, beer, wine and bubbles.
For a gourmet burger, fries and a beer expect to pay between $15-18. While it was a little heavier on the wallet then I would've liked, Chuck's is definitely worth the experience.
Congratulations to Ashley and her staff for coming out on top of Hopscotch weekend!
Oh yeah, Ashley, if you ever need someone to polish off whole bags of tortilla chips to produce more of the aforementioned "dust," I'm your man.
(Check out the photo gallery for burger shots, menu boards and happy customers)