New specialty burger and craft beer restaurant opens in Monroe

Specialty burger, craft beer and specialty cocktail restaurant, LR Burger, is now open

The much anticipated LR Burger specialty restaurant opened its doors to the public this week. Chris Collin and his business partner, Ben Bailey, co-owners of the Local Republic on the square in Lawrenceville, decided last year to bring a similar concept to Monroe and the planning and construction have finally come to fruition.

LR Burger opens in Monroe, Ga. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel

Early indications are that it is likely to become a popular eatery in town with specialty burgers for every taste, such as the regular Smash Republic, with or without cheese, the Patrick Swayze that promises it’s “hot” like Swazye, veggie burgers for non-meat eaters, the Shrimp and Grits burger and many more. Specialty drinks even include shakes and slushies that offer to “take your childhood to the next level” with such offerings as the Bourbon Pecan and Chocolate Martini. Indoor and outdoor seating adds to a vibe that the city is beginning to become well-known for.

LR Burger is located at 202 East Spring Street in what once was an old gas station across from the Valero gas station. The Monroe Downtown Development Authority had purchased the old gas station building last year with just such an eatery in mind. Collin, Bailey and a third partner, Gary Hays, purchased the building from the DDA and the rest is history.

The eatery is now serving its specialized gourmet burgers, as the Lawrenceville location does, as well craft beer and cocktails. Because of its smaller location, it had to be done a little different to Local Republic in Lawrenceville, but has the same focus on specialty burgers and drinks.

And this is just the first of a few more new additions coming to Monroe in the near future. The Southern Brewing Company out of Athens expects to open the Monroe location at 123 N. Lumpkin Street within the next two weeks or so, construction is well underway on the Silver Queen, winner of the first annual Battle of the Burgers contest, as well as the  Major Humphrey’s Micro Brewery and Tap Room to be located in the old fertilizer plant next to the property that will be developed as Monroe’s Town Green. Recently opened Your Pie, South on Broad, Kcalabash on N. Broad and Kim’s Crab Shack are already open and offering new cuisine options locally.

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