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Avocadoes, salsa, sour cream, Monterey Jack cheese, arugula – on a beef patty.

Mike Hyland, left, and Derek Geib"Stuff you'd see in bigger cities, we're trying to bring that to Batavia. At a very reasonable price," adds Derek Geib, the new co-owner of Bourbon & Burger restaurant and bar on Jackson Street. The new eatery is officially open today, just in time for the summer months.

Geib and his partner, Mike Hyland, are hoping the restaurant's uncharted territory translates into success in this small city.

"I've owned a business downtown before," says Geib. "I love being down's annoying when people say there's nothing in Batavia, because there are people that are trying to make it better."

Geib's prior business was the popular Main Street Coffee, where he was also a partner.

"I think it was successful; I mean, it's tough to stay in any business. There's a lot of competition out there," Geib says. Main Street Coffee did eventually close, with the promise of re-opening. It eventually re-opened one city block westward, and has since undergone two name changes. Geib is no longer involved. "But I don't think it was a failure," he says.

Now he'll attempt to beat the competition with a unique brand.

"I don't think there's any place like this," he says. "It's more of a specialty burger place." And other than the aforementioned avocado-and-salsa laden concoction, Geib wouldn't detail the burgers. He instead urges locals to "come check out the menu."

As far as the "bourbon" aspect, Geib notes that the bar is not just bourbon – but both bourbon and burgers are American, he says, which is an emphasis of the restaurant.

Bourbon & Burger plans a grand opening, possibly in July. The restaurant currently employs about fifteen people, and the kitchen is open Monday thru Thursday 11:00am - 10:00pm. Weekends the kitchen is open until 11:00pm on Friday and Saturday. The bar remains open until 2:00am every night. On Sunday, hours are 12:00pm - 10:00pm. 

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# Kris Kretschmer
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 10:26 PM
We just stopped in today so my husband could try one of their burgers. I have a suggestion for the proprietor: DON'T knock it when a customer requests a cheeseburger, especially grumbling within earshot of that customer: "Do you believe this guy? Of all the gourmet burgers on the menu, he wants a CHEESEBURGER!" (So? You still get paid for it!) Sometimes the best test of a truly GOOD burger is to taste it without 15 toppings dumped on it, whether gourmet or not. Honestly, we have tasted better quality burgers. Also, it shouldn't take nearly 1/2 an hour in a sparsely filled restaurant, to obtain ONE burger to go. Good luck to your other patrons. The Jackson St. Grill served FRESHLY MADE, awesome burgers; their service was warm & friendly. That would be one GOOD example for you to follow. Sarcasm does NOT make for good business in a small, friendly town. Thanks to WBTA for providing this comment outlet.

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