By mid-May, Boulder will have a new burger emporium, Drake Haus, where the not-so-secret ingredient is Merlot, the soft and velvety wine varietal featuring cherry and plum flavors. Drakes Haus, is scheduled to open this spring in the new Baseline Crossing development off US 36 and Baseline Road, in the same development where Amante Coffee just opened a new location. The fast casual burger restaurant and bar will feature nine signature Merlot burgers, ten small plate style dishes, specialty fries, as well as milkshakes.
What is a Merlot burger? you ask. It is a burger that gets a Merlot shot, an injection of wine straight into the burger patty. That's right. Chef and owner Kimber Hollar made it at a backyard bbq hosted by co-owners Richard Fitzpatrick and Jamie Hanson. It was a hit. Because the Merlot burger is smaller than a traditional hamburger, guests will receive two burgers per order, allowing them to mix and match from the nine Merlot burger styles.
Among the highlights of the nine burgers is the California Burger, a combination of avocado, sprouts, sun-dried tomato, and cream cheese spread and the South American, featuring Linguisa sausage from Continental Sausage Company. Vegetarian and wine-free options will be available for guests.
The two-story casual space designed by Semple Brown includes two bars, one on the first floor and another in the lounge-style second floor, both featuring Colorado tap beers, craft cocktails, and wines from around the world. Lunch and dinner will be served daily.