A friend of mine called yesterday, practically elated with the news he had seen on Facebook: "It's official," he yelled into the receiver, "Hamburger Mary's doesn't have to move!"
That's right, for a coterie of zealous Hamburger Mary's lovers, yesterday's local elections, the unrest in the Middle East, the earthquake in New Zealand were all trumped by the rumors that Hamburger Mary's -- the flamboyantly purple burger emporium at 101 Southwest Boulevard -- was going to remain in its current location.
Earlier this month, the restaurant's managing partner, Dr. Eric Christensen, told Fat City that the landlord had requested his one-year-old business to find new quarters.
General manager Robbie McGowan confirmed that Christensen had re-signed a new lease yesterday. "It's great news for our staff," says McGowan, who had been concerned that the build-out of a new space -- they had toyed with the idea of moving to the vacant Daddy's location on Main Street, for example -- would require the restaurant being closed for months, leaving many employees without jobs.
"Eric seems very happy with the new lease," says McGowan."He handled all the details himself, so I don't know what all the new arrangements will be. I know we'll be here for at least another five years."