DALLAS -- Progress in the soon-to-be-opened Dallas Burger Char Grill Chicken Basket on Main Street in Dallas has been slow, but customers will soon get a taste of what's cooking this week.
Owner Sean Chung hopes the restaurant's lengthy name becomes synonymous with tasty handmade burgers and chicken at fast-food prices.
The restaurant will feature all-natural, grass-fed beef from McK Ranch of Dallas. The restaurant also will use fresh chicken for its fried chicken meals. All items on the menu, from the burgers to hand-cut fries, will be made from scratch. Even the hamburger will be ground on-site.
Not using pre-prepared or frozen food is more labor intensive, but Chung said the result is fresher, better tasting food.
"We will make the gravy, the chili, cut up the onions for the onion rings -- everything," said the restaurant's manager, Travis Baker.
Chung, who also owns Thirty Market, purchased the former Arctic Circle in July and began remodeling it in October.
The new restaurant will open on Friday, Jan. 14, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
A breakfast menu featuring full breakfasts, egg sandwiches and burritos will be served until 11 a.m. Chung said he wants to serve breakfast meals people typically spend $10 and 20 to 30 minutes waiting for in half the time and at half the price.
"The price will be better for the same food," he said.
Burger and chicken meals, including fries and a drink, will be in the $6 to $7 range.
Chung traveled to South Korea to perfect the recipes for the fried chicken that he will serve. Chicken wings will come in two flavors: buffalo (hot) and barbecue (regular).
"No middle of the road," Baker said, smiling. "You either burn your mouth or you don't."
For dessert, milk shakes, ice cream cones and sundaes are on the menu.
Orders won't be ready as quick as a fast-food restaurant, but it will still be speedy. Chung said the goal is to have meals to customers in 10 minutes or less.
Chung hopes his approach to making burgers and chicken -- all natural and handmade -- will prove worth the wait.
"It's going to be pretty much homemade style," he said.
Dallas Burger Char Grill Chicken Basket.
433 Main St., Dallas.
Open beginning Friday, Jan. 14, at 6 a.m.
6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
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