FOLLOWUP: Here’s the rest of the Habit Burger West Seattle opening-week plan, including freebies as well as fundraisers

(WSB photo, last week)

Exactly one year after we first reported that The Habit Burger Grill would take over the ex-KFC at 3501 SW Avalon Way, the full grand-opening plan has just been announced. Last week we had word that it would be open by June 2, as the West Seattle Food Bank announced it would benefit from sales during part of that day; now, a news release reveals the rest of the plan:

Free Burger Day – Saturday, June 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5 – 7 p.m.
Get a pre-opening sneak peek of the newest location and enjoy a free 100 percent fresh ground beef, chargrilled burger that is made-to-order, plus French fries and a regular beverage. Offer is limited to the first 200 people.

Fundraising Event with West Seattle High School’s Varsity Volleyball Team – Sunday, June 2, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The West Seattle High School’s varsity volleyball team, coached by Abby West, is made up of a variety of high school students, ranging all grades. Money raised during their Habit Burger Grill fundraising event will be used for equipment and uniforms for the team to utilize during the upcoming season.

Fundraising Event with West Seattle Food Bank – Sunday, June 2, 5 – 7 p.m.
The West Seattle Food Bank is committed to providing food security and community connections to its neighbors in need. It envisions a strong and connected community in which all people have access to safe and nutritious food and the essential necessities of living.

Free Habit Day – Monday, June 3, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The first 200 guests in line will receive a delicious chargrilled meal from one of our preset menus.

During the fundraiser events, the specified beneficiary gets 100 percent of the sale proceeds. Next Wednesday, June 5th, is the official grand-opening date. Also from the news release:

The Habit Burger Grill currently operates more than 250 restaurants across 12 states, coast to coast, and welcomes the newest 1,933 sq. ft. West Seattle location, which seats 24 guests. The restaurant is the eighth of the Washington franchise, with several additional locations set to roll out across the state before 2020.

The Habit Burger Grill West Seattle dining room is open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the drive-thru is open from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday – Saturday. On Sundays the dining room and drive-thru are open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

P.S. As a followup, we asked the company’s spokespeople if the above-specified windows were the only times the restaurant will be open on those pre-grand-opening dates. Short answer: Yes. Longer answer: If they hit 200 giveaways on the “free” dates before the two-hour windows are over, that’s the end for that day. And they will be closed June 4th, getting ready for the official June 5th opening.

14 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Here's the rest of the Habit Burger West Seattle opening-week plan, including freebies as well as fundraisers"

  • St May 29, 2019 (7:23 pm)

    It’s going to be “interesting “ to see how  vehicles get in and out of the lot there. Opening day/week  volume or just an average day. Starbucks customers already sit on Avalon illegally for the drive through line. I wish talking to businesses and police resulted in something but it hasn’t. This area is going to be even more congested. Plus with lane closures on 35th.

    • WSB May 29, 2019 (8:07 pm)

      It was a drive-through fast-food restaurant before; nothing has changed. As for the road work, SDOT talked with HB pre-project, as noted in this story. We’ll see soon enough how it goes – TR

      • St May 29, 2019 (8:12 pm)

        Yeah but no one went to kfc lol. I hope I’m wrong.

  • MOB May 29, 2019 (8:38 pm)

    As a former Santa Barbararan, this is good stuff. Wish I still ate meat!

    • WSB May 29, 2019 (9:06 pm)

      The menu does promise a vegan veggie burger.

    • Em June 1, 2019 (8:27 pm)

      I’m also from Santa Barbara and am very excited! :)

  • Erithan May 29, 2019 (8:49 pm)

    If they keep it the same as it was direction wise, it should be ok. The kfc rarely had issues from what I recall growing up here. The Starbucks while handy is nuts though.@@awwsome baristas at least. :)

  • Joe Z May 30, 2019 (1:01 pm)

    They really need to open up another Starbucks on the other side of the street. I would probably go twice as much if the queue was shorter. 

    • CAM May 30, 2019 (2:39 pm)

      Mobile ordering and walking up to the window saves a lot of time whether driving or walking. It also prevents the drive thru line from becoming that extreme. Aside from sheer volume of cars, it seems like the biggest driver of the long drive thru line is the amount of items each vehicle is ordering. It is not uncommon to be in line and see the car in front of you order $20+ worth of items. That’s obviously going to slow things down substantially. 

      • lenny May 31, 2019 (8:37 am)

        Well that should be one large eater and one small eater to equal that $20.00+ LOL!!!

    • Question Authority May 31, 2019 (10:09 am)

      Or, you could patronize another local business and not support the growth of that behemoth for an option.  Have you ever heard that saying ” only cattle wait in line to be fed?”  

      • heartless June 1, 2019 (9:44 pm)

        Have you ever heard that saying ” only cattle wait in line to be fed?”

        No, but I just Googled it and…  there was one hit, and it was from the West Seattle Blog… Yeah, um, it was your comment.  So no, it turns out that is not actually a saying. 

        BUT!  You know what is a saying?  Patience is a virtue–and it kinda reads opposite of your line, no?

        As for the rest, yadda yadda corporate behemoth bad yadda yadda. Sure, I’ll give you that, why not–but if we’re being honest A) this place is replacing a KFC and B) we kinda got bigger problems these days.

  • CJ June 3, 2019 (5:05 pm)

    the street closure is to expand the road to an additional 3 lanes i believe.. should def help the congestion. I read that it’ll take 8 months to complete! I’m from california also, been looking forward to the Habit opening for a while! :) 

    • WSB June 3, 2019 (6:03 pm)

      Both streets that front the business are part of the Avalon/35th project that we’ve long been covering. Repaving – and on the 35th side, a water-main replacement – but no expansion. The water work is why the 35th construction is not expected to be done until fall.

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