(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.
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.