Not long after the departure of the generally-unloved Stage Burger Lounge comes news that another burger joint is moving in to to downtown Silver Spring. According to the Peterson Co.'s map of DTSS, the space on Fenton Street most recently occupied by Family Dry Cleaners will be home to BurgerFi, a Florida-based chain whose representation in the DC area is presently limited to Leesburg, where it gets OK but not great reviews.
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I've never heard of BurgerFi until now, though a quick search returns a more than a few accusations that the chain is a Shake Shack clone. Considering their offerings are nearly identical (burgers, hot dogs, frozen custard, plus beer & wine), the allegations aren't baseless. I think I shall dub it "Fake Shack".
Also, the fact that they have a "secret menu" leads me to believe they are also attempting to emulate In-N-Out Burger to some extent, though it's a bit disingenuous to claim that menu items are "secret" when you have them openly listed on your website.
So, yeah, maybe not the most original of concepts, but that doesn't mean their burgers aren't tasty. Their unique angle appears to be their claim that they are the "greenest" of burger chains, using only grass-fed beef and appointing their restaurants with recycled furniture.
Not sure what the timeline is for opening, but I'm looking forward to giving it a try. The burger options downtown are somewhat lacking at present.
Thanks to commenter Perry for bringing this to our attention.