EDWARDSVILLE — Real food done right is the motto of Biggie Burger — the newest restaurant on the West Side.
Biggie Burger opened April 10 in the Gateway Shopping Center and has been gaining regional attention.
It is no wonder why — with Frank DeViva and his wife, Patty, owners of The Bakehouse located in the United Penn Plaza in Kingston — are behind the scenes. DeViva has operated The Bakehouse for the past 11 years.
He has taken his knowledge and skills to start up a secondary restaurant on a “simpler business model.”
“I’ve been wanting to do this (open a burger shop) for a while,” DeViva said. “I believe I am filling a niche.”
By offering 100 percent Angus beef burgers, hot dogs in a German casing and fresh cut fries, DeViva makes “simple food done right.”
Not wanting to be compared to any of the chain burger joints, DeViva said many decisions were made to ensure quality ingredients and taste.
For example, all burgers and hotdogs are served on rolls baked fresh from The Bakehouse.
“I’m a bread guy,” he said. “I have been baking for 37 years.”
DeViva took great care in researching ingredients that would reach his high level of quality of taste.
The potato he selected for his fresh cut French fries comes from a distinct variety of potato used by Wise Potato Chips, he said.
“It is a special potato made for frying,” he said. “It stays crispy. I did a lot of research on this.”
The oil used to fry is not the typical peanut oil or vegetable oil most restaurants use, but a more expensive rice bran oil that is lower in fat than other variations, DeViva said.
Hamburgers are hand-made into three-and-a-half-ounce patties and cooked on a flat top grill. Staff members saute onions and mushrooms daily.
“These little differences make a great product,” DeViva said.
The eatery has been creating a stir in Edwardsville. Positive reviews have been flooding Facebook and Yelp.
But Biggie Burger is not finished growing. DeViva has been putting the finishing touches on an order pick-up window and planning to offer milkshakes.
DeViva has long-term goals to expand Biggie Burger with different locations scattered throughout Luzerne County.