Juicy Lucy, the burger spot from chef Paul Shoemaker, is officially open to the public today after a week of soft-opening service. Shoemaker, who recently closed his Malibu restaurant Savory, hopes the popularity of the burger on Savory's menu will translate to a successful burger-centric business model that can eventually become a chain of Juicy Lucys.
The Juicy Lucy, a burger with cheese inside the patty rather than on top, originated in Minneapolis in the 1950s. Shoemaker uses a combination of Swiss, American and brie that's nitrogen-infused, and cooks the burgers in vapor ovens. He's also offering salmon burgers, turkey burgers, shakes, aguas frescas and fries, which you can get plain or covered with cheese and Sriracha.
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The restaurant is in TASTE, the high-end food court in the new FIGat7th development downtown (where the new downtown Target is located).