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Side Dishes: New eatery coming to B-town

Published December 15, 2009 at 5:24 p.m.

The Sky Burgers website has a tagline — “Coming soon to a stomach near you” — and a note that it will open on Church Street in December. Aside from that, the juiciest thing it offers is a photo of a bacon-topped burger oozing virtual cheese. The single page doesn’t mention where the restaurant will be or who owns it.

But a little sleuthing helped Seven Days locate owner Sky Kenney, also the manager of Splash at the Boathouse. “We’re trying to create a little mystique around [Sky Burgers],” he explains. “[The site] is mostly a teaser.”

Kenney was willing to divulge the upcoming eatery’s location — on lower Church Street where Tilley’s used to be — and talk briefly about the concept. “It’s something I’ve been formulating for quite some time now,” he says. “It’s all about burgers, but the scope of it is so much bigger. It’s gonna be very current.”

Though Sky Burgers will serve booze, including half-pints of beer for those who like to sip in smaller quantities, the hard stuff won’t be the main focus. “I’m really going for the lunch and dinner part of it,” Kenney notes. “There will be things like Cosmos, but no blender drinks. It’s gonna be a restaurant that happens to sell alcohol.”

Will Sky Burgers be all about beef? On the contrary: “There’s gonna be everything, from vegetarian to pork to lamb … the gamut,” says Kenney. “There isn’t any dinner I can’t transpose into a burger.”

Hmm … lasagna burgers?

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Suzanne Podhaizer

Suzanne Podhaizer

Former contributor Suzanne Podhaizer is an award-winning food writer (and the first Seven Days food editor) as well as a chef, farmer, and food-systems consultant. She has given talks at the Stone Barns Center for Agriculture's "Poultry School" and its flagship "Young Farmers' Conference." She can slaughter a goose, butcher a pig, make ramen from scratch, and cook a scallop perfectly.


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