Burger, taco joints open near campus

​Tables lined along the walls of the Freakin’ Unbelievable Burgers side of the restaurant on the corner of South Limestone and Avenue of Champions. July 15, 2015. Photo by Marcus Dorsey

By Kyle Arensdorf

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North campus students once again have a burger restaurant across the street.

Freakin’ Unbelievable Burgers (affectionately nicknamed “FU Burgers”) and Street Craves are combining hearty and healthy in a duel restaurant venture at the corner of Limestone and Avenue of Champions, the former home of Hugh Jass Burgers.

“It’s a mesh of two different concepts in one,” president and founder Brent Skaggs said. “It’s going to bring a new variety and choice (to the UK campus).”

FU Burgers features a build-your-own burger format where patrons can choose from 40 different toppings for their burgers.

Skaggs said the burger joint prides itself on certified Angus beef burgers, but customers can switch it up with a ground turkey burger, grilled salmon burger, ground chicken burger or fresh black bean veggie burger.

“We try to make it a little bit of everything here,” Skaggs said.

The restaurant was ranked 12th on Fast Casual’s 2013 list of the “Top 100 Movers & Shakers” nationwide and was listed as one of the “14 Burger Concepts to Watch in 2014” by BurgerBusiness.com.

If customers aren’t feeling a burger, they can go to Street Craves, where fresh chopped salad is made right in front of customers and tacos are made with freshly pressed, in-house tortillas.

Street Craves also offers unique meat such as slow-roasted pork and brisket, which cooks for 16 hours over low heat.

“We’re really bringing a higher level of quality and a great experience to not only the college but to the local professionals here,” Skaggs said.

The two restaurants are open from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and from 10:30 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday.