Four friends who shared a love of good burgers and beer opened a small pub where they could meet for a pint.
In just a few years, that meeting place grew into a burger restaurant, then another and another.
Now, Lithuania-based Drama Burger will open its first U.S. location right here in Tampa.
"We were the first ones to introduce the idea of a homemade burger place in Lithuania," said Drama Burger CEO Simas Slabačiauskas. "Now it seems that we're pioneering in bringing the European burger to other countries."
One of its most popular sandwiches, the pastrami burger, is always homemade and cooked for nine days.
"We did a lot of digging on the original recipe, so we serve the real deal," Slabačiauskas said.
Beer and wine will accompany the burgers.
"The local craft beer scene in Tampa is incredible, we're so excited about it," Slabačiauskas, said.
On the weekends, guests can also order the drink/dish, the English breakfast bloody Mary.
For the non-meat lovers, there's a variety of vegetarian options.
Diners will also get a taste of traditional European snacks and desserts.
"Our menu is alive and resonates to our own lives," Slabačiauskas said. "If we spend a weekend in Berlin, we get the best of it and put into burger."
Along with bringing a European approach to the burger experience, the restaurant offers new music and events.
A tentative grand opening is set for Jan. 1 in South Tampa at 2420 W Kennedy Blvd.
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