Burger shop eyes Main St.
Chain from West Chester planning Newark location
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.
Buddy’s Burgers, Breasts and Fries hopes to open at 170 E. Main St. by mid-October.