West Seattle restaurants: Burger Boss cooking up a walk-up in South Delridge

April 24, 2014 at 10:39 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 31 Comments

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

One full year after signing the lease for the former Circle K site in South Delridge, the proprietors of Burger Boss are close to opening West Seattle’s next burger joint.

We talked with co-proprietor Brian Azzano at the almost-ready-to-open site (9061 Delridge Way SW) last night. WSB readers had reported sightings of activity for weeks – and we noticed exterior work, including the parking lot resurfacing – but it took a while to connect with the proprietors.

Now they’re uncloaked online too, with a website, Facebook page, and Twitter account. And they have an in-your-face logo – a burger and fist.

But job 1 is to get the home of Burger Boss open.

Azzano is a resident of the Roxhill area and says he’s lived in West Seattle about a dozen years, but he’s originally from Omak, and has a soft spot for the small-town burger-joint charm. He and business partner Ryan Hopkins have experience in the restaurant industry – most notably, opening Fuel Sports Bar in Pioneer Square (they’ve since sold their shares, he says). But he’s had his eye on this long-vacant site for a while.

So they’ve been working slowly, first to “develop the concept,” then on remodeling over the past year to get the space ready. It really will be a walk-up-only restaurant to start – there’s no room inside for seating, and on the outside, adding tables would put them in a whole new category, requiring a public restroom, for example. So for starters, Azzano says, it will have a Dick’s Drive-In kind of vibe.

Not just because of the three walkup windows, but also, the vibe applies to the food, too – “basic burgers,” singles, doubles (“the Dub-C”), triples (“the Triple Whammy”).

Fries, onion rings, ice-cream treats with soft-serve – shakes, sundaes, etc. “Fast service, with a quality product” is their intent. They’re also planning a few extras, like boneless wings and hand-dipped corn dogs. “We’re a big fan of fair food.”

And they’re planning to be open late – starting up at 10 or 11 am, closing at 10 pm Sundays-Thursday, midnight or maybe even later on Fridays and Saturdays. Late-night take-out isn’t that easy to find around West Seattle, so he’s hoping Burger Boss will help fill the gap.

Right now, by the way, they’re hiring. And getting ready for inspections, starting next week. If all that goes as well as hoped, they should be ready for a soft open in mid-May, no later than June 1st. “That’s our line in the sand,” Azzano smiles. And then at some point in the summer, they’re hoping to have a big block-party-style grand opening.

31 Comments

  1. Fun concept. Wish we could also get a King Taco here …

    Comment by Ms. Picky — 10:50 am April 24, 2014 #

  2. I look forward to trying their burgers. I love Zippy’s but I don’t like the time it takes them to prepare my burgers. I hope they speed up their food preparation.

    Comment by Beto — 10:59 am April 24, 2014 #

  3. Super excited! Can’t wait to come check out the new digs. Used to work in the club under these guys in the square years ago and loved the food, etc. Best of luck guys and welcome to the WS. My wife is going to be dreaming of the fry sauce!

    Comment by Josh — 11:16 am April 24, 2014 #

  4. YAY!!!!!!!!!! I cant wait. everytime I want a burger I talk myself out of it because the closest place is crapdonalds(bleck). and zippys is too far to walk from here. following the Fb page right now!!!

    Comment by sophista-tiki — 11:22 am April 24, 2014 #

  5. did I say YAY!!!

    Comment by sophista-tiki — 11:23 am April 24, 2014 #

  6. Fast service sounds great.

    Attn Zippy’s: I’d drive down all the time for a burger if it didn’t take forever for you to make it.

    Comment by Jim — 11:54 am April 24, 2014 #

  7. Great, it will smell like burgers around here instead of pot all the time!

    Comment by WSmomof2 — 12:40 pm April 24, 2014 #

  8. Can NOT wait!!! Soooo glad this is opening in our neighborhood. I’ve been watching them build and the spot looks great.

    Comment by IOS — 1:08 pm April 24, 2014 #

  9. Turkey burgers, please!!

    Comment by Mike — 1:12 pm April 24, 2014 #

  10. Cannot wait to try that first burger! I was lucky enough to have a walk through the place & it was impressive. These guys are going to great lengths to make sure their customers get a quality burger at a great price!

    Comment by Matt — 1:40 pm April 24, 2014 #

  11. Hope this works. A bit concerned about the location. I don’t get the Zippy’s Bashing – they serve burgers worth waiting for! There’s a reason they don’t have a drive through or a walk up window – the Burgers are definitely sit down quality.

    Comment by Curtis — 2:59 pm April 24, 2014 #

  12. Wow, this sounds great! I have one request as a future customer – please make fresh cut fries! While my hubby goes to a burger place for, ahem, the burgers, I tag along mostly for the fries. And fresh cut are SO much better than crinkle cut and will get (many?) people like me coming again and again. :) Plus, they’ve got to be cheap – it’s a potato!

    Comment by wseakell — 3:09 pm April 24, 2014 #

  13. With all of the violent crime at 20th & Barton of late, I really do wish them well. I like their industrial walls, and hope they install security cameras. And if ever attacked, may they pummel the perpetrators as well as they do their great meat!!! Best of Luck, Burger Boss. We look forward to giving you our business and thank-you for daring to enter….
    da hood..

    Comment by ilenelund — 3:20 pm April 24, 2014 #

  14. I hope Zippy’s is paying attention. We waited recently for 1 hour+ to get our very simple order on a weekend at Zippy’s – this will be our go to burger place if it is fast AND good.

    Comment by kgdlg — 3:26 pm April 24, 2014 #

  15. I love how every new restaurant opening means trashing another restaurant in the comment section. JFC. Have some class, West Seattle. Is it so hard to just wish this new place well? If you have a gripe against Zippy’s take it up with Zippy’s. Congrats and welcome, Burger Boss.

    Comment by HelperMonkey — 4:51 pm April 24, 2014 #

  16. This place sounds great! I’m always happy to try a new burger place. And for the Zippy’s complaints– it helps to call in your order if you’re planning on a great burger for dinner! I understand if it’s a last minute decision, though. I’ve waited a bit for a burger there. Always worth it!

    Comment by Andi — 4:52 pm April 24, 2014 #

  17. Well put, HelperMonkey. I’m sure I’ll give Burger Boss a try, and sincerely welcome them to the neighborhood.

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    That being said, the Zippy’s trashing is uncalled for. Unless patronizing Zippy’s is new to you, you damn well know that it takes time, as great food does. Get over it, deal with it, and allow extra time for that quality food, instead of expecting them to be “fast-food” fast. It’s also well known that Zippy’s is generally busier on the weekends.

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    Blaine, Rahel, and the Zippy’s Crew have been a great success, and a valuable part of the community for 5+ years now.

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    They risked and have survived a move of around a mile, when a loss of lease was impending. They could have just given up and closed up Shop. They have also taken the risk of expanding after around a couple years in the “new” spot.

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    I wish Burger Boss the best of luck, and as I said, I’ll give them a try. If I like their burgers well enough, maybe I’ll split my loyalties. Burger Boss is about a five minute walk for me, Zippy’s closer to ten. (So Zippy’s wins for assuaging the burger-guilt with the extra walking!) Who knows, if nothing else, I may just pop over for the occasional soft-serve treat, or corn dog.

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    As I suggested above, Zippy’s has been a great asset to the West Seattle/White Center community, just as I trust Burger Boss will be.

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    Mike

    Comment by miws — 5:14 pm April 24, 2014 #

  18. White Center needs a Starbucks for so many reasons.

    Comment by Don — 6:03 pm April 24, 2014 #

  19. Thank you to everyone for the welcome wishes and a big thanks to Tracy, Patrick and everyone else working at the West Seattle Blog for the great article! It’s so nice to receive such a warm welcome from everyone.

    We have been hard at work for the past year to bring the Burger Boss concept to life and we can’t wait to share it with everyone. As long-time residents of the neighborhood we too have been (and will remain) Zippy’s customers with nothing but love to spread in regards to their fare and service.

    We look forward to being good neighbors and helping to continue to raise the bar in White Center! Please drop us a line on Facebook or just stop by and say hi as we near our opening.

    -Brian

    Comment by Brian (Burger Boss) — 6:27 pm April 24, 2014 #

  20. Good luck Burger Boss! Can’t to try the Dub C and I heard they will be serving Pepsi Products….Score now I can get a Mt. Dew with my tasty burger!

    Comment by Justin — 6:46 pm April 24, 2014 #

  21. Welcome to our hood! Been watching you guys hard at work over the weekends. Nice see it all come together. Almost 10 years that place has been empty, just a target for graffiti and a eye sore. Happy to see it occupied and with something fun to boot. Good luck!

    Comment by sally joe — 10:40 pm April 24, 2014 #

  22. Will there be a vegetarian burger?

    Comment by M — 11:41 pm April 24, 2014 #

  23. @Ms. Picky > KING TACO … I WISH!!

    Comment by Roger de Flor — 12:19 am April 25, 2014 #

  24. Yeah,on my last Zipp trip my wife received her burger after about an hour and when I inquired about mine the response I got was that I could order again if I wanted to. As I stated before, last trip. No bashing, just fact.

    Comment by Rick — 5:41 am April 25, 2014 #

  25. I look forward to another great burger opportunity in the neighborhood. We go to Zippy’s about once a week and love their burgers, but another alternative would be good.
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    Zippy’s is trying to speed up service lately. On a not crowded evening we got our burgers in under five minutes. Last week with the place packed it took nearly 15 minutes, but I think the burgers are worth the wait.
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    Welcome to the neighborhood Burger Boss. Will be seeing you soon!

    Comment by Jordan — 8:15 am April 25, 2014 #

  26. Merlot? (Sorry. Had to.)

    Comment by pjmanley — 9:11 am April 25, 2014 #

  27. @HelperMonkey & miws = Aces! Much appreciated.

    Comment by pjmanley — 9:13 am April 25, 2014 #

  28. Any business worth its salt will always welcome feedback and comments about their product. Its how you live on the edge and don’t get complacent. I see people giving the feedback because they care, not because they hate the place. Se please don’t squelch the comments when you have your own agenda about something.

    Comment by brandon — 9:33 am April 25, 2014 #

  29. Very excited for BB to open. Love Zippy’s and welcome a smattering of good burgers in the hood.

    Comment by Charles — 10:49 am April 25, 2014 #

  30. We go to Zippy’s a lot and we’ve never had to wait longer than 15-20 minutes for our full order. I was surprised to hear the above negative experiences there. We will welcome Boss but hope it doesn’t impact Zippy’s too much. As for the SBX comment….huh? There’s one at WWV and if you’re looking got good coffee in White Center, you apparently have missed Cafe Delia.

    Comment by FWIW — 8:18 am April 26, 2014 #

  31. Spot on, Mike (miws) and classy, Brian (BurgerBoss).

    Can’t wait to try the new place!

    Comment by Jason L. cheung — 8:53 am April 26, 2014 #

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