Kuma's Corner now serving burgers, heavy metal in Vernon Hills

  • The newest Kuma's Corner made its public debut with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, at Mellody Farm in Vernon Hills, a $200 million mix of retail and luxury apartments developing at the northeast corner of Route 60 and Milwaukee Avenue.

    The newest Kuma's Corner made its public debut with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, at Mellody Farm in Vernon Hills, a $200 million mix of retail and luxury apartments developing at the northeast corner of Route 60 and Milwaukee Avenue. Courtesy of Kuma's Corner

  • Popular hamburger joint Kuma's Corner opened Tuesday in Vernon Hills. The eatery has many creations including the Famous Kuma, a burger topped with applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, fried egg, lettuce, tomato and red onion.

      Popular hamburger joint Kuma's Corner opened Tuesday in Vernon Hills. The eatery has many creations including the Famous Kuma, a burger topped with applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, fried egg, lettuce, tomato and red onion. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer, 2015

  • The newest Kuma's Corner made its public debut with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, at Mellody Farm in Vernon Hills, a $200 million mix of retail and luxury apartments developing at the northeast corner of Route 60 and Milwaukee Avenue.

    The newest Kuma's Corner made its public debut with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, at Mellody Farm in Vernon Hills, a $200 million mix of retail and luxury apartments developing at the northeast corner of Route 60 and Milwaukee Avenue. Courtesy of Kuma's Corner

 
 

Popular burger restaurant Kuma's Corner is now serving the Slayer and other favorites at a second suburban location.

The new Kuma's made its public debut with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday at Mellody Farm in Vernon Hills. It's the latest addition to the $200 million mixed-use development on the northeast corner of Route 60 and Milwaukee Avenue.

Covering a 3,887-square-foot space, the Kuma's at Mellody Farm has the same heavy metal-themed burgers as the other locations. It's the fifth Kuma's location, with others on Golf Road in Schaumburg, Belmont Avenue and Fulton Market in Chicago, and Indianapolis. Kuma's plans its next eatery in Denver.

Launched in 2005, Kuma's is known for specialty burgers like the Slayer, a 10-ounce burger served on a bed of fries and topped with chili, caramelized onions, andouille sausage, cherry peppers, Monterey Jack cheese, scallions and anger sauce.

Guy Fieri, host of Food Network's "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives," added cachet to Kuma's by featuring the Slayer when he visited the original Kuma's location on Belmont Avenue in Chicago. Another favorite is The Famous Kuma, a burger topped with applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, fried egg, lettuce, tomato and red onion.

Mellody Farm will have plenty of restaurant choices. Other eateries already open or planned include City Works Eatery & Pour House, Lazy Dog Restaurant, Nest Door American Eatery and City Barbecue.

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