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Bagger Dave's Burger Tavern coming to CapePosted Thursday, April 19, 2012, at 5:44 PM
Baggar Daves Legendary Burger Tavern will be located on the corner of the NARS building in Town Plaza. Construction on the interior of the restaurant is underway now.
Owners Bill Zellmer and Lonnie Griggs are the first franchisees of the Michigan-based restaurant chain. The brothers-in-law, Zellmer and Griggs operate six Buffalo Wild Wings franchises in the region, including one in Town Plaza. They were introduced to the Bagger Dave's franchise through a fellow Buffalo Wild Wings franchisee, who had 21 BWW restaurants and created the Bagger Dave's concept.
According to a news release, their burgers are made from fresh, never frozen, beef and guests can choose from more than 30 toppings to create their own "legendary burger" including six cheese choices, three types of buns, six house-made sauces and more. The menu features hand-cut, double-fried French fries, Dave's Sweet Potato Chips, Turkey Black Bean Chili and Sloppy Dave's BBQ, as well as sandwiches, salads and hand-dipped milkshakes. Bagger Dave's carries its own line of soft drinks. The bar will feature craft beer on draft, several bottled varieties, spirits and a large wine selection. The historical décor will feature classic photographs and a moving miniature train.
Bagger Dave's will employ four managers and 60 full- and part-time staff members.
Zellmer and Griggs plan to open additional Bagger Dave's restaurants in Carbondale, Ill., Paducah, Ky., Bowling Green, Ky., Evansville Ind., and Clarksville, Tenn.
Zellmer studied business management at Southeast Missouri State University and opened Buffalo Wild Wings in Cape Girardeau in 2002. Zellmer owns two BWW locations of his own and co-owns four more with Griggs, who serves as director of operations for all six locations. Griggs' has a background in local restaurant management and has served in regional supervisory roles with a major restaurant chain.
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