Saturday, February 28, 2015

Red Robin Burger Works opens 4th Chicago location

This week Red Robin Burger Works opened a location at 204 N. Wells in the Loop and the Chicago Foodie Sisters stopped in to check it out on opening day. This was the second Loop location to open this month. Another location, which opened in early February, exists a few blocks down at Madison and Wells.

If you are a fan of Red Robin, you will love Burger Works. It has all of the best of Red Robin's menu items but in a fast, casual setting. The 46-year old brand's new branch, which started about three years ago, also includes restaurants in Washington D.C. and Denver and Robert Geresi, Vice President of Operations tells me that they are actively seeking more sites to add.

“Now, even more community members who live or work in The Loop will enjoy having a fantastic, new option for speedy service, while experiencing Red Robin’s signature gourmet burgers. The Burger Works team understands the importance of this offering to time-crunched lunch guests – and we promise to have guests on their way back to the office in under five minutes from when they order,” said Geresi.

And when they say five minutes, they mean it. We placed an order that was on our table is just over two minutes. Where else are you going to get a gourmet burger that quickly? Burgers start at just $4.99, a surprisingly low price for a gourmet burger in Chicago.

Greece said that they look at Red Robin's biggest sellers and keep 10 of them on the menu at Red Robin Burger Works, along with popular sides like steak fries and sweet potato fries.  They also aim to cover all bases - offering gluten free wraps in place of buns upon request, a garden veggie burger, a turkey burger and a grilled portabella sandwich. Specialty burgers can also be substitued with a grilled chicken breast. They also serve breakfast at the locations with breakfast sandwiches and breakfast burritos starting at $1.99.

Gears said that they evaluate the menu about every three months and rotate in new items, such as limited time offers that have gone over particularly well.

We tried out the Bacon Cheeseburger, the Sautéed 'Shroom Burger, the Whiskey River BBQ Chicken Salad, the steak fries, the sweet potato fries and an awesome Cookie Magic shake.

The burgers were fantastic, as you'd expect from Red Robin, but put together in record time. It's been a while since I visited a Red Robin and I'd forgotten how good the burgers were. The sweet potato fries with a thai chili ketchup for dipping were phenomenal. The salad had a range Whiskey River BBQ sauce that was not too spicy, but packed with flavor and was topped with crispy onion straws.


For more information on Red Robin Burger Works, or to order online, visit www.rrburgerworks.com.









Familiar elements of the Red Robin decor have been brought in to the Red Robin Burger Works locations.










Thanks to Rob for being a great host as we tried out the newest Red Robin Burger Works location.







About Red Robin Burger Works®
Red Robin Burger Works (www.rrburgerworks.com) is a smaller, fast-casual restaurant prototype operated by Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB). Red Robin Burger Works serves fiery, fresh food with friendly and quick service. The menu includes many signature Red Robin classic burgers, like the Whiskey River® BBQ, Banzai Burger®, Royal Red Robin Burger® and Guacamole Bacon burger; and new items like chicken tenders, distinctive salads and wraps, as well as Red Robin’s famous seasoned steak fries and tasty milkshakes. To see photos from Red Robin Burger Works, connect with on Facebook!

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