Look Inside A&B Burgers, Opening Thursday in Boston
The Causeway Street location is No. 2 for the award-winning North Shore burger joint.
Burgers are coming in hot to a fast-changing neighborhood of Boston. A&B Burgers opens Thursday, Feb. 21, on Beverly Street at Causeway, bringing its award-winning burgers (and more) to a shiny, new building next to North Station.
The West End location is No. 2 for owner Thomas Holland, a Boston restaurant industry alum and former operations director for chef Michael Schlow. A&B Burgers first opened in Salem before moving to Beverly, and Holland has been looking to expand the brand for a couple years, he previously told Boston. As the Maverick Restaurant Group, his company includes director of operations Eric Buxton, who has held leadership roles at the likes of Grill 23, Scampo, and more Boston restaurants; and culinary director Matthew DiBiccari, also a Schlow restaurants alum.
The new location’s executive chef is Amanda Howell, previously of Russell House Tavern, Naco Taco, and Alden & Harlow. The North Shore spot has earned local Best Of accolades three years running for its juicy burgers made with Pineland Farms (Maine) beef and fresh toppings. Like the original, A&B Causeway will have those patties, and also offer lamb, turkey, vegetarian, and Wagyu burger options; plus other sandwiches, entrees, and small plates, and a full bar. Eater Boston has a first look at the Boston menu. Jacob Carter, formerly of Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar and Stephanie’s Restaurant Group in Boston, is on board as general manager.
A&B Burgers is located in the relatively new, mixed-use Beverly building (though it’s purely a coincidence to expand from Beverly to the Beverly, Hollands says). Though it fronts onto Causeway and is accessed from that thoroughfare, it shares the building’s Beverly Street address. It seats 129 people inside, including nearly 20 at an L-shaped bar, and was designed by Boston-based StudioTYAK. Two garage-style doors overlook Causeway Street—and will be open when it’s nice out—and a third garage-style door will open up onto a seasonal, elevated patio, which boasts views of the TD Garden and the Zakim Bridge.
A&B’s latest home is just one of several buildings and amenities new to the West End, joining the likes of City Winery (at a new high-rise called One Canal); hot new spot Alcove and a soon-to-open Night Shift brewpub at Lovejoy Wharf; and Big Night Entertainment Group’s forthcoming sushi restaurant and music venue at the Hub on Causeway.
A&B Burgers will open daily for lunch and dinner, from 11:30 a.m.-midnight. Weekend brunch will start Saturday, March 9, and continue every Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10:30 a.m.
A&B Burgers, 101 Beverly St., Boston, 857-449-2251; 206 Cabot St., Beverly, 978-993-7394, anbburgers.com.