Phat Burgers reopens at new venue
Samoa's first gourmet burger restaurant that operated at Cocktails on the Rocks at Tauese has moved to a new location.
Phat Burgers is now at Malifa next to the traffic lights, taking over the premises previously occupied by Home Café.
A co-owner of the restaurant, Kelly Walker, said everything is new at their new setup from the menu to the location.
"Everything is new here at Phat Burgers. New venue, new menu and we're now going on our own which gives us more control of what goes on. We'll also be having a bar of our own which is great so there will be a new cocktail list as of Friday so we now have a lot more to offer,” she said.
The restaurant opened at their new location on Thursday with complimentary soft drinks for their 30 first customers and will offer a “beer deal” on Friday.
With the new spacious venue, Ms Walker said they will be looking to hire more employees as they foresee things getting busy at their new setup. Longer trading hours is also on the cards for the restaurant.
"We will be opening late so we'll be doing lots of different nights like trivia night and other activities to keep people interested," she added.
Ms Walker also revealed that the material for the refurbishment of the new place was sourced locally.
"We just wanted to have a little plug about supporting local business with our renovation because we bought everything here, nothing came from overseas. We made the furniture ourselves, so we've been doing our part to help in the economy while everyone's been struggling.”
The refurbishment of the building was done by Ms Walker and Kylie Fauchelle, who both own the joint, with the assistance of friends.
The custom-made tables at Phat Burgers are probably the only ones of their kind in Samoa, where the table centres are made for the placement of ice wells, which fascinated some of their first customers after their opening.
And while they have opened for business, their renovation is not fully complete with Ms Walker revealing that they will work on them as they go along.