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Grassburger to beef up Duke City dining scene

GrassburgerwindowALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Grassburger is growing into Albuquerque.

The Durango-based restaurant has picked the Duke City as its first expansion market with plans to open at Mongtomery and Juan Tabo NE by next month.

Grassburger, the work of husband and wife Jessie and Ed Kileen, specializes in 100-percent grass-fed beef purchased from Rain Crow Ranch in Missouri.

“I’m really passionate about food sourcing and quality, and we have three boys and they always wanted to go out for burgers,” Jessie Kileen said of the impetus for the company she and her husband started in 2014 after a late-night session drafting a business plan. “(We discussed) ‘If we wanted to eat somewhere, what would it be like?'”

HeightsvillagebyrobertoBeef is at the heart of the operation, but Kileen said the restaurant also does a black-bean patty and a farm salad that incorporates as much local produce as possible.

The couple picked Albuquerque for the second location for proximity to their home base but also because they have a strong affinity for the community.

“We really like the city of Albuquerque,” she said. “We feel it’s vibrant and interesting. We have a lot of friends who live there.”

Insight Construction is currently completing the buildout of Grassburger’s 2,400-square-foot space. The restaurant is taking over a former beauty-supply storefront near Il Vicino in the Heights Village Shopping Center.

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