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.
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 email@example.com.
Willamette Burger Co.
2360 Fairgrounds Rd. NE