One of Downtown Newark’s commercial hubs will soon be welcoming yet another restaurant to the scene, as an organic burger chain with a green mindset is set to open later this year.
Fresh off the recent opening of Marcus B&P and the announcement that BurgerIM is coming soon, Virginia-based chain Elevation Burger is signing on to lease a storefront at 87 Halsey Street. The company was founded by California transplants Hans and April Hess, who opened the first Elevation Burger back in 2005.
Elevation Burger’s mission at their 50 locations worldwide is driven by a passion for good food that’s organic, sustainable, and fresh. Their meat is exclusively USDA-certified organic, grass-fed, and free range and the restaurant’s fries are all cooked in heart-healthy Bertolli olive oil.
Burgers are obviously the star of the show here, with various options including veggie and vegan burgers available. Their “Half the Guilt” Burger comes with one beef and one veggie patty, while their Vertigo Burger allows diners to stack their patties anywhere from three to 10 high.
Non-beef options at Elevation Burger include salads, a BLT, or grilled cheese sandwich, along with a few grilled chicken options. To complement the food, shakes, ice cream, and malts are served that can include healthy additions like strawberries, mango, and blueberries, or sweeter options like Oreos, key lime pie, and chocolate syrup.
The storefronts of Elevation Burger typically pursue LEED certification and are built using rapidly renewable materials like water reducing fixtures, Energy Star-rated kitchen and HVAC equipment, and compact fluorescent lighting. The restaurant also uses paper products that are certified by the Forest Steward Council, in addition to recycling all back-house and front-house waste including their used olive oil.
Elevation Burger has four outposts in New York and Pennsylvania each, but their 1,875-square-foot spot on Halsey Street will be their only New Jersey location. The chain previously tried their luck in Montclair, but they closed in 2012. The company hasn’t responded to an inquiry as to when their Newark location will open, but temporary signage has already gone up at the property.