Mr. Beast Burger-- Ghost Kitchens
I opened UberEats during a moment of weakness on a Friday afternoon lunch from my 9-5. I saw MrBeast Burger on the list for the first time. I didn’t think these kinds of ghost kitchens would make their way into a city like Green Bay, and yet here we are. They’ve become major leasing opportunities for struggling businesses across the country looking to bring in additional income while COVID-19 ravages the restaurant industry, so my thoughts on these kinds of businesses have been mixed. I want to support the small business primarily, but I also understand this is a good source of revenue.
MrBeast Burger started out as a ghost kitchen operation under the leadership of a youtuber by the same name. I’m not of that generation of youtube watchers to know much about him, but I appreciate the hustle. The most I know about the guy is that he launched Mr. Beast Burger with a ridiculous PR stunt video where he opened a completely free restaurant of the same name as the ghost kitchen and passed out money, Apple products, and even a car to some of those who made the trip. People like Guy Fieri have also employed the ghost kitchen model to produce in cities across the country. We've also tried Twisted Tendies, another Ghost Kitchen operating out of Green Bay, which will be reviewed shortly.
My husband and I decided this was a good way to do dinner. Between that fateful lunch break and our dinner order, I did some googling to discover that the listed address for MrBeast Burger here in town is local JJ Cafe and Grill, a restaurant we have talked about in the past for taking up cryptocurrency as a pay option and many charity actions in town during the pandemic. I’ve watched what they do from afar for a very long time and showed them appreciation where I could without necessarily having put my money there. We started that with MrBeast Burger.
They’ve said in a recent article that my husband prepared for his actual job that their MrBeast Burger orders have exceeded their traditional orders. What I learned from ordering MrBeast Burger from them is that they do good work behind the grill. The burgers we had during that first order were amazing. Since this first meal, we have ordered MrBeast Burger for delivery at least three other times.
The burger always arrives moist and warm. The bun isn’t sogged out by the various condiments on the bottom. The patties are well cooked and well seasoned. Despite the title of ‘beast style’, its not as messy as one might expect. You can certainly keep it sealed in the foil wrapper if you’re concerned about blowouts, but I’ve never had a problem. The other burgers named for members of the MrBeast youtube channel staff have much bigger problems with blowout.
As long as this sort of enterprise continues, we’ll support them when it’s easy to track them down to a local business rather than a larger chain. If you go through the MrBeast Burger website, a second location is listed in the Green Bay area as the westside Perkins on Military Avenue. It’s very weird that a chain restaurant would pick up a ghost kitchen enterprise from outside of their own downline. If you’re going to order, order from the 803 Klaus Street location-- that’s our friends at JJ Cafe and Grill, a local business. The quality will probably be better too.
What other ghost kitchens are you seeing on your delivery apps that you think we should look into? We’ve noticed ‘Wild Burger’, which is just a repacked Buffalo Wild Wings burger menu. It’s a trick. We won’t be trying that one. If you've seen some suspicious entries on your delivery apps, report them to me, and I'll be sure to investigate further.
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