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Surviving the Shutdown at Burger 1

Halal burgers and more in Great Plains' spot

by Shelley Daily

From the July, 2020 issue

"It wasn't easy," says Mo Tehfe, but carryout and delivery kept Burger 1, Tehfe and cousin Ali Shami's new restaurant on Plymouth Rd., afloat during the shutdown. Now they've reopened the dining room and "put extra measures in place" for safety, Tehfe says. He knows that even so, some customers may not be comfortable dining in, so they'll continue to offer delivery and curbside pickup.

Tehfe, Shami, and two partners opened Burger 1 last November in Great Plains Burger Co.'s former space. "We saw the vacancy and decided to go for it," Shami explained in March. "We loved the area because of the students" on North Campus.

Shami says Burger 1 fills a void left by Elevation Burger's recent closings, because it offers halal food (the Islamic Center is just up the street). Burgers (beef, chicken, and veggie), wraps, fries, and milkshakes anchor the menu. He says their best-sellers are the Cajun-style Chapos burger and the Burger 1--topped with coleslaw, cheese sticks, turkey bacon, onion rings, American cheese, and special sauce.

Burger 1, 1771 Plymouth Rd., (734) 215-6660. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. noon-midnight, Sun. noon-9 p.m. Facebook: Burger 1     (end of article)

[Originally published in July, 2020.]


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