This looks like so much fun! And the food looks delicious!

Hamburger Mary's, a franchise known for karaoke, drag shows, drag queen bingo, and burgers (duh) is coming to West Michigan.

Owners Doug Hanchett and Tom Zarkowski plan to open the new restaurant Oct. 28, 2020 at 6240 28th St. SE, the former home of Blue Moose Sports Pub, Grand Rapids Business Journal reports.

There are 15 Hamburger Mary's locations in the U.S.; this will be the first in Michigan.

According to the Hamburger Mary's website,

Hamburger Mary’s is an open-air bar and grille for open-minded people, serving a full menu of tasty items. Big and juicy gourmet burgers, yummy apps, soups, salads and entrees, and an extensive bar menu featuring craft beers and cocktails.


Hamburger Mary’s offers a flamboyant dining experience, along with nightly entertainment from our “Dining with the Divas” drag shows and charity “HamBingo Mary’s” to MaryOke-Karaoke and trivia nights.

Hamburger Mary's first opened in 1972 in San Francisco, and is now is now a staple in the LGBTQ community; locations include Chicago, Milwaukee, Denver, Houston, Toledo, and St. Louis.

According to GRBJ, Hanchett and  Zarkowski have invested about $150,000 into the 6,700-square-foot restaurant. Here's a look at some of the work in progress, from a video shared in late September:

Hamburger Mary's GR plans to employ about 45 people. They're holding interviews this Friday October 9 11a.m.-7p.m. and Saturday October 10 11a.m. to 5p.m. Anyone interested in applying should send a direct message here.

They're planning to follow all safety and social distancing guidelines, capping capacity in the restaurant at 75 people, including at events.

Hanchett tells GRBJ,

“We’ve chosen to open during a pandemic because everybody needs to have a little fun and get out and we’re offering that in a safe environment. We’re super excited to be in West Michigan.”

Hamburger Mary's GR hasn't revealed their menu yet, but if it's similar too the Chicago location's menu, I'm super excited! So. Many. Fun. Cocktails! They also serve wine, draft beer, and cans of beer. The menu includes appetizers like fried pickles and cheese curds; wraps and sandwiches; flatbread pizzas; entrees like fish and chips and chicken and waffles; and of course- a bunch of burgers!  There's the Spicy Mary with blackened seasoning, buffalo sauce, house-pickled peppers, pepper jack cheese, and ranch to cool it down. I'd love to try the Barberella-Que, with smoked bacon, cheddar and jack cheese, barbecue sauce, and fried onion strings! They also serve brunch Saturday and Sunday!

For updates on Hamburger Mary's Grand Rapids, follow them on Facebook.

100.5 FM The River logo
Enter your number to get our free mobile app

QUIZ: Just How Michigan Are You?

More From 100.5 FM The River