Burger '37, the newest addition to Virginia Tech’s dining halls, opened yesterday in Squires Student Center.
Burger '37, a $501,000 investment, has been under construction since October 2013. However, the concept for the restaurant has been in the works for almost four years.
Tech’s administration first decided to build the restaurant after hearing from over 3,000 students surveyed about their dining preferences.
The National Association of College and University Food Services conducted the survey and discovered that all participants had an interest in a burger option.
Ted Faulkner, the director of Dining Services at Tech, described the new shop as “one of the most highly anticipated concepts to roll out of Dining Services in the past decade.”
The opening yesterday resulted in extremely long lines even before the official opening had commenced at 10:30 a.m.
The atmosphere at the opening, was “patient but excited,” Faulkner said.
“When the 11 a.m. time frame hit and classes let out we witnessed a tremendous rush to get in line and be a part of this first day of operation,” he said.
Many of the burger recipes and food ideas for the restaurant came after a group of dining services employees from Tech visited several Washington D.C. and northern Virginia restaurants.
Students, while waiting in long lines due to the rush, enjoyed several of the restaurants menu items, particularly their milkshakes.
Sarah Benson, a freshman human development major, ate at Burger '37 during the lunch rush on Monday.
“I got the chocolate milkshake, but my friend got the banana peanut butter one,” Benson said. “ I also really liked their special sauce — that was something unique.”
The restaurant offers several specialty burgers and even the option to customize your own sandwich.
“I got the customizable one because I like plain things so I only got lettuce, cheese and their special sauce. But they also have specialty ingredients that looked really good but cost extra,” Benson said. “My burger was really good though, I definitely want to go back again.”