Official: Willamette Burger Co. to Re-Open Tuesday at New Location

WBC is now closed

Whew! To the relief of many Salemites, our favorite burger joint is giving it another go. Willamette Burger Co. has found a new home at 2360 Fairgrounds Rd. NE, the old Gamberetti's location. Just after announcing the closure of the Broadway store, the owners were presented with an opportunity at this new spot. They are expecting to open the doors to the public on Tuesday.
The new location will have 3 times as many seats, a larger kitchen and more staff. The owners, Janet and Robert Henry have been working extremely hard to get this open as soon as possible.

Last night, they had a sneak peak for some of their regulars. My son and I, along with K and N enjoyed some of the first burgers served here. I was not able to tell the difference in quality from the old location. Robert told us that they moved the grill over from the Broadway location to keep it consistent. The tots were as I remembered as well. Earlier last night, Vegans Nightmare shared his meal online, see it here. The new restaurant will continue to serve beer and wine and they are applying for a liquor license.

After announcing the closure of the Broadway store because of it's small size, people flocked to WBC to get a final burger. Many people waited an hour for that last meal and the owners tell us that they served around 350 in a day, a WBC record. This new place will easily be able to handle that many customers.

As if you need another reason to go to Willamette Burger Company, other then their superior quality burgers, let me say this: Supporting local restaurants will help boost the local economy during these down times. The money you spend at local restaurants stays here in Salem. Janet and Robert live in Salem, eat at Salem restaurants, shop for cars and clothes in town and support local charities. Chains, in contrast, are often owned by out of town corporations. Even the franchises that are locally owned pay millions of dollars in franchise fees that leave the local economy. Not to mention that the mom and pops, like WBC, use high quality local ingredients like their fresh ground locally raised beef. They even name their burgers after local celebrities.

Willamette Burger Co. has also been a supporter of this site since they opened. Eat Salem is powered by local people who want to see the restaurant scene in town improve. WBC has been a big part in the improvement that we have seen in the last few years. They are proof that local can be better.

Definitely get in there soon and grab a bite. Send us your burger pictures and we will post them on Eat Salem. Just attach them to an email and send to eatsalem@gmail.com.

Willamette Burger Co.
2360 Fairgrounds Rd. NE
503-399-9992
Website

13 comments:

jeff said...

It's looking like Musical Chairs - Restaurant Edition in Salem!

Michael said...

Great news that they are re-opening.

I totally agree about the buy local movement. If you spend $30 at a local restaurant, most of that money stays locally. So the $30 gets re-spent and re-spent. As long as it stays in the circuit of locally owned shops, it could potentially produce $800 or more in taxable income. That raises everyone's quality of life. It creates a larger tax base to pay for police, fire, schools, roads...etc. Everyone benefits directly or indirectly.

Spend $30 at a national chain and probably $5 stays in the community.

The difference is pretty dramatic. If everyone started heavily supporting locally owned businesses and shunned national chains it would turn this economy around pretty quickly.

Anonymous said...

Excellent news!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news! I wish them well in their new location -- everyone give them grace in their beginning visits, that's quite a change in size for them. Can't wait for some tots.

-guitar4me

Anonymous said...

While I hope something awesome goes into the WBC's old space to continue making Broadway Salem's premiere hip, walkable neighborhood, the Hollywood District also has the potential to become another hip little district, much like it once was before urban renewal and automobile traffic ruined it. Gamberetti's certainly helped, and will be missed in my 'hood, and I hope WBC starts the ball rolling even further.

Anonymous said...

Why does the local stuff matter? Shouldn't we just go there because it is good? if it wasn't good should I still go because it is local? that seems weird. I support good restaurants, the vast majority are local. I do not think it does anyone any favors to support bad restaurants local or not.

Michael said...

It's got to be good. But if you know of local restaurants you like and chose to go to them instead of national chain restaurants that are more convenient, the effect on the local economy would be dramatic.

The vexing thing about spending money at national chains or Wal-Mart type places is that once you spend your money, a huge percentage is gone from the local economy, never to come back.

Fortunately, we have a lot of great locally owned restaurants in this town.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous: You're missing the point. No one is saying to go to a bad restaurant.

Paul said...

I hope their service improves at the new location. Both times I tried the Broadway location, they messed up my order. I heard quite a horror story from a couple of people who went there in the final days....some people waited two hours to eat while they filled all the carry-out orders first.

Anonymous said...

Not knowing all the facts, one could assume that they filled the to go orders while you were waiting for a seat. Simple logic. You had to wait for someone to leave for them to take your order. Should be much better for you in the new location. Try it out this week.

Me and Gluten-Free Mr. B. said...

We couldn't be more pleased! Huzzah, WBC!

Pam said...

Our first discovery of the move was when we saw the new sign on Portland Rd the other day. Hooray! We've never eaten at WBC because of the parking and the long wait. Can't wait to get in there and see what all the fuss is about... we do have a birthday dinner coming up this next week...

KandN said...

After I tried their onion rings with Adam's Rib bbq sauce it's been a tough decision between ordering that or their tots with fry sauce.