In addition to his seasonal burger restaurant at U.S. Bank Plaza in Playhouse Square, and the quick-serve version in the new Right Field District at Progressive Field, Zack Bruell is gearing up for the opening of his third DYNOMITE location, this one at Uptown in University Circle.
Unlike the other locations, this one will be open year round, feature sushi and booze, and offer seating for 80 guests.
Set in the home of the short-lived Beer Cellars, DYNOMITE occupies an enviable and prominent space on Euclid with wrap-around windows and patios. Like the original downtown, the “Shake Shack-style” eatery is casual, affordable and uncomplicated.
“This is not a full-on sit-down restaurant,” Bruell says. “It’s a burger joint with sushi and alcohol.”
Burgers named for each of Bruell’s other restaurants join cheese fries, chili dogs, fish sandwiches, chicken sandwiches and salads. The sushi will be akin to that served at Parallax, the chef-owner explains. An open kitchen, which replaces the beer coolers behind the bar at Beer Cellars, will include a full range with hood, which allows the kitchen to add nightly specials to the mix.
“The DYNOMITE Uptown location will allow us to expand our existing fast-casual concept and increase the menu options,” Bruell notes. “Everything will still be fresh and made-to-order, but with a larger kitchen and an indoor dining area, we’ll have the room we need to really give our customers a unique experience each time they visit DYNOMITE Uptown… whether they’re looking to grab a light lunch on-the-go, or sit down to a gourmet burger and a beer.”
In addition to the beer (eight on tap), wine and milkshakes available at the other shops, Uptown boasts a full liquor license.
The latest estimates peg May 11 as opening day for DYNOMITE Uptown.
Next up for Bruell is Alley Cat Oyster House, set to open in the Flats this coming July.