Burger shop eyes Main St.

Chain from West Ch­ester plan­ning Ne­wark lo­ca­tion

Newark Post - - Front Page - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

A fast-ca­sual burger chain from West Ch­ester, Pa., has cho­sen down­town Ne­wark for its fifth lo­ca­tion, com­pany of­fi­cials con­firmed this week.

Buddy’s Burg­ers, Breasts and Fries will open at 170 E. Main St. by mid-Oc­to­ber, as­sum­ing con­struc­tion and per­mits work out as planned, co-owner Sean Dan­naker said.

“We’ve been look­ing at Ne­wark for quite a while now, but we couldn’t find the right lo­ca­tion,” Dan­naker said, adding that he sees many sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween Ne­wark and West Ch­ester, which is also a col­lege town.

Dan­naker and his busi­ness part­ners once ran salad restau­rants but switched to burg­ers a decade ago.

“Ham­burg­ers have been around a long time,” he said. “They’re not a fad; they’re not go­ing any­where.”

Af­ter open­ing the first Buddy’s in West Ch­ester, they have since opened restau­rants in Ex­ton, Me­dia and Ken­nett Square, Pa. They hope to con­tinue ex­pand­ing by one or two lo­ca­tions each year.

The main fo­cus of the restau­rant is the burg­ers – beef or turkey – which are called the Buddy (two pat­ties) and the Lit­tle Buddy (one patty). Cus­tomers will or­der at a counter and can choose from a num­ber of top­pings and sauces.

“You can get a Buddy and make it your own or pick one of our sig­na­ture burg­ers,” Dan­naker said.

Buddy’s also serves chicken breasts, hot dogs, wings, pork sand­wiches, tacos, milk­shakes and a va­ri­ety of sal­ads.

Dan­naker plans to ap­ply for a per­mit to sell beer and wine, which would make the Ne­wark lo­ca­tion the first Buddy’s to serve al­co­hol. Ne­wark Plan­ning Di­rec­tor Mau­reen Feeney Roser said the lo­ca­tion al­ready has a spe­cial-use per­mit for al­co­hol ser­vice, but Buddy’s still needs a liquor per­mit from the state.

Buddy’s will oc­cupy the street level of the three­story build­ing at 170 E. Main St., a space formerly oc­cu­pied by Café Olé and Grou­cho’s Deli be­fore that. Both busi­nesses were short-lived.

Dan­naker said he is aware the lo­ca­tion was chal­leng­ing for some – par­tic­u­larly be­cause the en­trance is lo­cated in a side al­ley that may not be im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous to passersby. How­ever he said he is “con­fi­dent in our prod­uct” and plans to in­stall prom­i­nent sig­nage point­ing cus­tomers to­ward the en­trance.

“We’re re­ally ex­cited to come to Ne­wark,” he said. “We feel this is the spot.”

Buddy’s will stay open un­til 10 p.m. most nights, with ex­tended hours un­til 2 a.m. Thurs­day through Satur­day.

NE­WARK POST PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

Buddy’s Burg­ers, Breasts and Fries hopes to open at 170 E. Main St. by mid-Oc­to­ber.

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