Atomic Burger

Atomic Burger, a Metairie restaurant that has won national acclaim for its hamburgers made with fresh house-ground beef, plans to open a location near LSU.

AB Burbank LLC, an entity controlled by Atomic Burger co-founder Joseph Spitale, purchased a 0.8-acre site near the intersection of Burbank Drive and Ben Hur Road for $871,100 in a deal that was filed Tuesday. The seller was Burtelle LLC, a group controlled by some of the heirs of the late local auto dealer Price LeBlanc.

The land is an outparcel in front of the 125,000-square-foot Rouses-anchored shopping center that Eisnberg Co. is developing at the corner of Burbank and West Lee Drive, said Justin Langlois, an agent with SVN|Graham, Langlois & Legendre. Langlois represented the buyer. Unlike a number of businesses located on Burbank, Atomic Burger’s property will have direct access to the busy street.

Atomic Burger is getting the necessary permits and hopes to start construction on a 2,500- square-foot restaurant by December. “They have a cool, contemporary design planned for the restaurant,” Langlois said. “It’s pretty unique.”

Atomic Burger, which was founded by Spitale and his brother, Nick, has been in business at 3934 Veterans Blvd. in Metairie since November 2013. The restaurant has a simple menu of burgers, hot dogs, fries and steamed edamame, along with milkshakes that are chilled to order with liquid nitrogen.

The restaurant has been acclaimed as having one of the best hamburgers in New Orleans by national online publications. Atomic Burger is following in the footsteps of Bud’s Broiler as Crescent City hamburger joints opening locations near LSU. Bud’s is set to open at 4343 Nicholson in the next month or so.

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