MONDAY, AUG. 13, 2012
Honest Abe’s Serves Up Gourmet Burgers in Hampton’s Meadowlane
LINCOLN, Neb. – A steady stream of hungry customers has made its way to Honest Abe’s since the gourmet burger restaurant opened its doors Monday, July 30, at 854 No. 70th St. in Hampton’s Meadowlane Shopping Center.
Co-owners Erik Hustad and Gabe Lovelace put a great deal of pride into their handcrafted burgers, said Hustad, who drew his inspiration for Honest Abe’s from a restaurant in Seattle, where he studied culinary arts at the Art Institute of Seattle.
“I thought Lincoln would love something like this,” said Hustad. “We like to come up with fun combinations that we believe taste good.”
The “Greatest Burger Ever,” “The Aphrodite,” and “The Matador” are among the selections. Vegetarians can substitute a marinated portabella mushroom for beef on any burger. The menu also includes salads, Freedom Fries, Crunchy Fried Chicken Fingers, and root beer floats.
Hustad and Lovelace are no strangers to the food business. In November, they opened GUP Kitchen, a mobile restaurant serving high-quality cuisine. When it came time to find a location for Honest Abe’s, they were drawn to the location at Meadowlane Shopping Center – a site near the neighborhood where Hustad grew up and one that Hampton tailored for their needs.
“I love east Lincoln. We located where there are lots of families, college students and people who work in the area” he said. “We liked the idea of creating a unique, fun place that would make other neighborhoods jealous.”
Beyond finding an ideal location, Hustad said the space suited their needs with an extra-large kitchen from which Hustad and Lovelace can cater, and run GUP Kitchen and Honest Abe’s. Hustad said Hampton went above and beyond to quickly renovate the site and get them up and running.
“Honest Abe’s is a fun addition to the variety of tenants in Meadowlane Shopping Center,” said Michelle Keogh, vice president of Hampton Enterprises, Inc. “Honest Abe’s has made a big impression in a very short period of time and will undoubtedly become a Lincoln favorite.”
To learn more about Honest Abe’s, including hours and menu, log on to www.EatAbes.com or call (402) 261-9860.
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