CINCINNATI — Hamburger aficionados and those looking for a less expensive meal option Downtown will get exactly that on Monday when Bru Burger Bar opens for lunch service at 41 E. Sixth St.
“The most expensive item on the menu is $12,” said Matt Kehret, general manager of the eatery, which opens at 11 a.m.
Kehret said that guests should expect a fine-dining experience in a casual setting. The restaurant occupies about 40 percent of the space that formerly housed the Cadillac Ranch. There is also a heated outdoor patio that seats up to 60 people 10-11 months throughout the year.
Bru Burger’s menu boasts 25 artisan hamburger options. Its signature hamburger is a blend of sirloin, chuck and brisket. There are also tuna, lamb, turkey, vegetarian and chicken sandwiches, plus a selection of fries, salads, hand-dipped shakes and desserts.
As far as the “Bru” in Bru Burger’s name, the bar has 16 beers on tap. Nine are from local craft brewers, including Rivertown, Rhinegeist, MadTree, Braxton, Moerlein and Ei8ht Ball.
A quick glance at the menu shows most entrees run around $10, appetizers and sides around $8 and desserts about $5. There are no separate menus for dinner and lunch.
Bru Burger’s owners are Mike and Tom Cunningham, brothers who grew up in Clifton. This is their fourth Bru Burger Bar location. The first opened in Indianapolis in 2011. There are also restaurants in Carmel, Indiana, and Lexington, Kentucky.
Kehret managed the Lexington Bru Burger before being tapped to lead the Cincinnati location. He said he has become familiar with the restaurants surrounding Bru Burger’s Downtown location and thinks Bru complements what places such as Nada offer, versus competing against them.
“There’s not a concept like it,” he said.
Bru Burger Bar
41 E. 6th St., Downtown
11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday