Which local Smash Burger joint will make Sewickley residents feel moon-hopping in 2023?
SEwickley is about to be hit by the moon.
Moonlight Burgersa local restaurant chain, is opening a storefront at 517 Locust Place.
The new location is expected to open in late 2023. There are currently locations at 1426 Potomac Ave. in Dormont and on the Duquesne University campus.
Mike McCoy, who co-owns the business with Derek Stevens, says the restaurant will be located in the Sewickley Village area of the borough in a courtyard where two other chefs – Julio Peraza and Sam DiBattista – are pioneering a Latin cuisine concept and a turntable. -themed cocktail bar, respectively. There are also plans for Airbnbs and an event space above the dining room on the ground floor.
“We’re going to keep doing the same thing we’ve been doing,” McCoy said. “We are excited about Sewickley as it gives us more of a presence in the North West [in Allegheny County]. Dormont has been great with us and we love the neighborhood vibe it provides; we think we will have the same feeling in Sewickley.
It will be about the same size as the South Hills spot, with around 50 seats.
Smash burgers are the latest California-inspired food craze Burger In-N-Out. The locally sourced ground beef starts with a meatball that is mashed thinly with a spatula on the griddle, tossed with sweet onions and cooked until the edges are crispy. Add two slices of American cheese, homemade spicy pickles, Duke mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, sriracha, a few secret ingredients, and Moon sauce, which is a red chili paste called gojuchang. The meaty masterpiece is served on a Martin’s Potato Roll.
McCoy, who grew up in Southern California, and Stevens, a North Hills native, met in 2004 while working at Eleven. They started Moonlit as a pop-up burger stand during the pandemic and the demand quickly disappeared from this world.
Its Dormont brick-and-mortar opened in October 2021. Last summer in college, Moonlit 2.0 replaced The Red Ring at 1015 Forbes Ave., Uptown. Both restaurants offer a full menu of smash burgers, veggie burgers, fried chicken, milkshakes, cocktails, craft beer and soft serve from Millie’s homemade ice cream.
McCoy says they will open a few more locations in Pittsburgh and then hope to expand outside of Pennsylvania.
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