Avanti Food & Beverage will add American Grind to its lineup when MiJo departs from the bar and food incubator early in 2017. The burger-centric concept started as a food truck in 2014 and co-owners Chad George, Kade Gianinetti, and Jared Schwartz, who also own and operate The Way Back are now ready to share their responsibly-sourced hamburgers in a more stationary location.
"We’ve seen tremendous enthusiasm around the American Grind food truck and what we did to promote sustainably sourced, high-quality food, and we are confident that Avanti will be a great platform to continue the momentum and introduce the concept to a wider audience," said Schwartz. "People are more conscious than ever about what they eat and where their food comes from and this mentality shapes our menu. American Grind strictly sources from grass-fed and finished beef producers that embrace biodynamic agrarian ideals and push for more sustainable practices that not only better their herds but the ecosystem as a whole."
American Grind describes itself as a 1950s drive-in inspired burger restaurant with a modern, locavore twist. Ingredients are sourced from Colorado and everything is made from scratch—from the pickles and ketchup to the buns and ice cream. Purveyors include Sun Prairie Beef, The Rolling Pin Bakeshop, and Western Daughters.
On the menu, guests will find several meat and vegetarian hamburger options, an Iowa-style pork loin sandwich, organic hand-cut fries and three rotating flavors of ice cream, among other items. Everything on the menu will be under $15.
The restaurant will be located on Avanti’s first floor and will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.