Taste Notes: Jack’s burgers jumping downtown

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Sometimes the universe has other plans for you.

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Such is the case of Tu Le, who recently announced plans to open a second location of his beloved St. Louis restaurant. Albert, Jack’s Burger Shack on Jasper Avenue and 104 Street in Edmonton. It wasn’t until a year ago that Le, armed with a $ 125,000 grand prize from the new Stadium Yards project, was given an anchor location at the mixed-use development near Commonwealth Stadium. Then he began to think.

“There was so much uncertainty at the time,” Le says over the phone from the new location, the sound of workers diligently pounding away in the background. “It was just impossible for me to make the decision to open a restaurant during that time. So, we just stopped everything. “

Le’s caution was rewarded last summer when he was aware of an opening on Jasper Avenue at a former Oodle Noodle location.

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“Before the Stadium Yards competition we actually looked at a space right next to Jasper, around Tres Carnales,” he says. “The location was good, but there were a lot of mechanical and other problems. The downtown area and the west end were the two areas we checked in, and we were lucky to find this one.”

It won’t look like the parent’s place, but Le makes sure the food will be exactly the same. Expect to find such favorites as the blue cheese smeared On the Cobb, the self-explanatory Hell, and their only vegetarian choice, the Brontosaurus. Most importantly, Le guarantees that their exceptional burger buns will continue to be specially made by Sobeys in St. Louis.

“I talked to them about being able to double their volume and they said it’s not a problem. The only difference is that instead of just going down the block to get them, we’ll have to bring them down to the city center. We’ll make it work, because those buns are a big part of the burger. “

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Le is currently dealing with permits, but plans are to have the new site up and running just before the end of November. He signed a 10-year lease, proof of his optimism about Jack’s future in downtown Edmonton. As Le firmly says, he has been in it for a long time.

“I mean, obviously we’re hoping there’s not a fifth wave,” he admits. “We have to believe that everything will work out and that people will start going back to their jobs in the city center. COVID can’t last forever, and we’ll be here for when that happens. “

A local eats UNITE at Kingsway

Kingsway Mall continues to experiment with the standard shopping experience by announcing UNITE, a collaborative market space and business incubator devised by The Makers Keep founder Katrina Petryshyn.

Proclaimed as “the first-class retail concept in the city”, UNITE currently boasts 85 area vendors in a universal event space, with a tasting bar and marketplace highlighting locally made brands. UNITE will be fully licensed and provided with local food and beverages run by Uproot Food Collective.

It is open Saturday, with hours of operation the same as the mall: Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, Sundays and holidays from 11 am to 6 pm

yegarts@postmedia.com

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