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Shady's Burger Joint brings burgers and beer to the burbs of Richardson

Shady's Burger Joint brings burgers and beer to the burbs

Shady's Burger Joint in Richardson
Shady's will bring burgers and beer to an intersection in Richardson that was previously lacking. Photo courtesy of Shady's Burger Joint

Every neighborhood must have burgers and craft beer, and soon that'll be true for Canyon Creek in Richardson. Opening April 1 is Shady's Burger Joint, a casual restaurant with burgers, craft beer and specialty cocktails.

Shady's is taking an old nail salon spot in the II Creeks center east of Canyon Creek Country Club at 2701 Custer Pkwy. The restaurant will be a "fun family burger joint," says David Swiney, a resident in the area who is opening Shady's with a handful of fellow Richardsonians.

"It's a group of six guys who came together and decided to make it a reality," Swiney says. "Our vision is to be a fun neighborhood burger joint. Almost all of our investment money has come from within a 2-mile radius, from people in our neighborhood."

Swiney and company are professional guys — Realtors, lawyers and the like.

"This group of guys had been talking for a number of years about wanting to have a great burger joint and felt like Richardson was missing that," Swiney says. "The stars aligned when a space opened at II Creeks.

"That center has been there for ages, but it went through a compete renovation in about 2005. It's a great, vibrant center now. Pearl Cup Coffee is coming in, and there are two restaurants in there already: Marcus Cafe, which has been there a long time, and Frankie's Mexican. I eat there often with my wife and family."

They hired a general manager who previously worked at the Salt Lick in Austin, as well as a culinary consultant who helped devise the menu. It has a half dozen burgers, all made with Angus beef but with different toppings such as jalapeños, onions, Buffalo sauce, bacon and cheese. Also on the menu are a chicken sandwich, a BLT, and a portobello mushroom sandwich; four salads, including Cobb and spinach; and a quartet of starters, such as tortilla chips and wings.

Shady's will serve beer, wine and a few cocktails, including margaritas, mojitos and martinis.

Designer Katie Perkins tells Eater that the decor will feature "vintage and industrial nods," plus a patio with oak trees.

"We don't want this to be a bar scene, but we want to make alcohol available if you  want a drink with your dinner," Swiney says.