Gabutto Burger one of three eateries opening soon in Rolling Meadows

  • Gabutto Burger, which used to have a place in Mitsuwa, is opening its own restaurant in the former Jamba Juice in Rolling Meadows.

      Gabutto Burger, which used to have a place in Mitsuwa, is opening its own restaurant in the former Jamba Juice in Rolling Meadows. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 4/8/2016 3:58 PM

Gabutto Burger, a restaurant that puts a Japanese spin on traditional burger fare, is opening its own restaurant in Rolling Meadows later this spring.

Gabutto, which used to have a location in the food court at Mitsuwa Marketplace in Arlington Heights, is now hiring for its new shop in the former Jamba Juice at 1410 W. Golf Road.

 

"We're excited to have them," said Valerie Dehner, community development director. "It will be a nice addition to some of the growth we're seeing along Golf Road."

The Mitsuwa location of Gabutto Burger closed in February 2015, but an online fundraising campaign on Kickstarter raised more than $10,000 to bring the restaurant back to the area.

Their menu included unusual items like a teriyaki chicken burger, a whole soft shell crab burger with Japanese style special sauce, and different variations of seasoned french fries.

Manager Misha Bae said the new restaurant will hopefully open mid-May with a similar menu, but longer hours and more creativity. Owners plan to decorate the restaurant with an anime theme and draw off the several other Asian cuisine restaurants in the area.

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"We're thrilled," Bae said. "I love the location. I love our product, it's a different type of burger, and I hope other people feel the same way."

Gabutto Burger will likely be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. serving lunch and dinner.

The restaurant is just one of several changes Dehner said the city is happy to see in the Golf Road corridor.

Bulldog Ale House is also expected to open soon in the former Chili's and a Chicago dim sum restaurant called MingHin Cuisine is planning to open in the former Old Country Buffet, which has housed two failed Asian eateries in recent years.

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