Fountainbridge foodies take note; there is a new restaurant in town.
After the closure of Cuthbert's bistro, the unit next door to popular cafe Loudons at Fountainbridge remained empty until December 2013.
Now, the new owners have moved in and are currently revamping the restaurant creating a hip burger joint in the city as a joint venture between Malcolm Gray and Alison Davies.
The new restaurant plans to become the first opening in a chain of restaurants with plans to roll out nationwide under the name Burger.
Malcolm Gray said: “I was clearing this out when it was Cuthberts and knew Alison was looking for new units.
“We’re looking at units that have been dead for a long time to try and improve the area as well.
“This space has the right footfall, a student market, nearby offices and a lot of residential development. We thought it was a good idea for the first unit as it has really seen a lot of changes over the years."
With a space secured, the duo began bringing their idea to life creating a new concept and branding to begin the launch.
Malcolm said: “It’s quite a brand statement the name Burger. It is a brand that is being built; it’s not just a one-off.
“The market we are looking for isn’t really in Scotland at the moment really; we want to have a good quality, freshly prepared and reasonably priced burger.
“In Edinburgh you’ve got quite limited choices for that kind of thing, I guess it’s the case everywhere.
“We have destination burger restaurants, fast food places and pubs that sell burgers, but no outright high quality fast food burger restaurants.”
Alison Davies added: “If you know Shake Shack in America, we are very similar to that in terms of our food, but our price point is slightly cheaper.
“We aren’t a destination restaurant; we are very much an open destination where people can drop in for a quality burger.
“I think it’s probably best described as ‘designer fast food’.”
Not surprisingly, burgers are at the heart of the menu served on a brioche bun.
The fries will be hand cut on the premises and the milkshakes will be made from the restaurant's own ice cream which will be churned on the premises using their custard recipe.
Alongside the burger offerings, a breakfast menu will range from brioche bacon rolls to fried egg bagels to cater for the surrounding offices from 7.30am.
Alison said: “All the food is all cooked to order, there is nothing on a line.
“The main menu is very traditional with your classic cheese and bacon burgers, but we also have a Katsu chicken burger and a vegetable burger which is completely unique to us.
“The burger is not a huge size, it’s about the quality instead but it’s very satisfying."
Alongside the burgers, the restaurant will serve hot dogs on Fridays to Sundays using different local farms for their sausage meat and a children's menu will also be available.
For those who aren’t a fan of milkshakes, the restaurant will also serve Illy coffee and will be fully licensed if you are looking for a drink with your meal.
The restaurant will take on an urban look with a contemporary twist offering a more stylised look rather than a burger diner.
The signage will become the window focal point and the walls have been stripped back to the stone creating an industrial feel.
Alongside the urban look in the restaurant, all food will be served on compostable takeaway packaging.
The Fountainbridge restaurant is expected to open in two weeks time, but the date is flexible depending on the final building sign off.
And if opening a brand new restaurant is not enough, the duo already have plans to open another three units in Edinburgh in the next 12 months with planning permissions submitted for Shandwick Place to begin work in April.
Find out more about Burger via their website http://www.burgeruk.co.uk/.