Burgatory, a hometown burger joint, opened a new location at The Waterfront on Sat., April 26 in West Homestead. This is the local chain's third full service restaurant — Burgatory also hosts a burger and shake stand in the Consol Energy Center.
Burgatory opened its doors in Waterworks in January 2011 and their second restaurant opened about a year and a half later in Robinson in fall 2012. Burgatory marketing director Meredith Hanley said the chain is already vying for the next location, or two.
“We have a couple of other locations in the works now,” she said. “We’re definitely growing.”
A big part of the chain's growth has been the involvement of commercial real estate guru Herky Pollock, a vice president at CBRE.
"We are in a position to go national," Pollock told the Post-Gazette in a Nov. 2013 article
. "The restaurant has legs to grow a broader distance than we dreamed."
Part of the restaurant's allure is the ability to build your own burger, picking everything from the meat to the rub to the bun. Burgatory also won the national A1 Burger Bracket
for the second year in a row earlier this month.
The Burgatory website
currently notes that a Murrysville joint in the Blue Spruce Shoppes is “coming soon.” Hanley said this fourth location is set to open in the fall.
The West Homestead site was selected like Burgatory’s other spots for being a high traffic area. Hanley noted the new eatery at 299 West Bridge St. is near a movie theater in The Waterfront open-air shopping center.
To celebrate The Waterfront grand opening, Burgatory partnered with another West Homestead business, Nancy B’s Bakery, to create a shake with the bake shop’s award winning chocolate chip cookies. The special shake was available at all Burgatory locations over the weekend.
, Meredith Hanley