LITHIA — Cheeseburger aficionados have come to know stacked meat sensations dubbed the Baconator Triple, Monster Thickburger and Triple Whopper.
Now for the first time, Hillsborough County residents can get their hands on a caloric cruncher known as the Triple Triple Burger, a nine-patty, nine-cheese heap brought to you by the area's first Jake's Wayback Burgers.
The Delaware-based chain introduced the $14.99 sandwich here with its Aug. 15 opening at 5672 FishHawk Crossing Blvd. in the Publix shopping center.
Jake's cooks its burgers fresh, never frozen.
Though a few customers have already tried the outrageous Triple Triple, Jake's general manager Chris Scigliano says the $6.19 cheesy burger, with two patties, a grilled and buttered bun and four slices of American cheese, is the most popular choice so far. Jake's also is known for hand-dipped milk shakes served in chilled metal shakers, and offers hot dogs, sides, salads, four beers on tap and wine by the glass.
Scigliano, a FishHawk resident whom many neighbors may recognize as the former owner of Scigliano's Market and the Aquatic Café, said that his staff of 25 was prepared for the opening week rush, but "the grills couldn't keep up."
Owner Mark Van Damme wanted to open his first business locally after living in FishHawk for the past five years and thanks his neighbors for trying the latest burger craze.
"We've had a lot of support from the community," he said. "People have been great."
FishHawk resident Tricia Elbl brought her four children Ester, 5, Thomas, 7, Rachael, 9, and Gregory, 12, to see how it stacked up against another of her favorite burger joints.
"It's comparable to Five Guys," she said after tasting a Jake cheeseburger made Jake's way (ketchup, mustard, onions, pickles, lettuce and tomato). "The bun is really fresh."
Jake's is planning a grand opening celebration in September, around National Cheeseburger Day on the 18th. It's also hosting a Triple Triple Challenge from Sept. 2-14, when the fastest person to down the monstrosity, lettuce and tomato included, will win an iPad Mini.
The national corporate record is two minutes, 52 seconds.
Check Facebook.com/JakesWaybackFishhawk for discounts, grand opening information and online ordering.
Martial arts studio promotes safety
Gary Wagner wants the community to know that his newly opened Pro Martial Arts studio is not just another martial arts program.
"We are about keeping kids safe and building great citizens," said Wagner, who opened Aug. 3 at 119 W Bloomingdale Ave.
While you can find classes on character education, advanced leadership and fitness, Pro Martial Arts touts its 24-lesson antibullying and predator prevention program called Armor.
"I wanted to do something a little different," said Wagner, who has three children of his own, ages 6 to 10, in the program. "We have the opportunity to make a difference every day."
Children as young as 3 are invited to try two lessons for free. Call (813) 685-4325 to register.
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