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New waterfront burger restaurant will create up to 40 jobs in Lincoln

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: May 04, 2011

Matt Johnson, of Hodgson Elkington, outside the premises at Brayford Wharf North, which will become a branch of Handmade Burger Co.

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UP TO 40 jobs will be created when a new speciality burger restaurant opens in Lincoln.

Handmade Burger Co. is due to open a 120-seater eaterie in the Brayford Glassmill by early summer.

It comes as parent company The Sargeant Partnership expands the chain beyond its eight existing restaurants.

The company insists its new outlet in Brayford Wharf North will fare better than the waterfront businesses Ultimate Burger and Tootsies, both of which closed down.

Handmade Burger Co. is famous for making more than 40 varieties of burgers by hand in its restaurants each day.

Owner Chris Sergeant said the company was committed to sourcing the best quality produce from the best British farmers.

He said: "We are delighted to be moving into Lincoln.

"We expect the restaurant opening will create up to 40 jobs with the new restaurant team training together for six weeks before opening to ensure Handmade Burger Co. is the perfect destination for a quick bite, a get-together with friends, or a meal out for the whole family.

"We pride ourselves on delivering quality food and award winning service and hope diners in Lincoln will love the fresh food we make and the great variety we offer."

Chief executive of Lincoln Business Improvement Group (BIG) Matt Corrigan said it was a positive investment which would make the area more family-friendly and complement weekly late-night shopping.

He said: "It's great to see investment on the waterfront in more family-orientated food outlets rather than just bars.

"If everything is geared towards 18 to 24-year-olds it won't bring everyone out into the city centre."

The restaurant letting was secured by chartered surveyors Hodgson Elkington. Matthew Johnson, of the company, said the new restaurant was a boon to the city's economy. He said: "We very much welcome Handmade Burger Co. to the city and the new jobs that will be created, which will boost the local economy.

"The restaurant formerly occupied by Tootsies is in a prominent position in one of Lincoln's prime leisure destinations, being close to the university campus and the multi-storey Lucy Tower public car park."

The family-owned and run chain opened its first restaurant in Birmingham in 2005.

It also has branches in Hull, Leicester, Sheffield and Aberdeen.

Heritage student Chris Walker, 25, of Calder Road, Lincoln, said the burger restaurant was a welcome addition to the area.

He said: "I have never been to a burger restaurant other than Burger King or McDonald's so this is something I would try.

"It's good to see the building being used and it offers another choice of somewhere to eat."

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    C, Saxilby  |  May 04 2011, 8:42PM

    I have visted the Birmingham restaurant on several occasions ..it's always busy (but not crowded) & their burgers are delicious! Huge portions - really exciting and original combinations ...I can't wait! :o) ..I urge everyone to go and try it and hopefully it won't fail like so many others before it in that spot!

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    Rach, Lincoln  |  May 04 2011, 4:05PM

    I have checked out their website and it looks quite good, just a shame they have nothing about catering for food allergies which I doubt they will. So as with a lot of the other restaurants in Lincoln and to my husbands dismay, I will most likely be unable to try them out. Will be nice for the unit to be taken up rather than be sat there empty, wish them luck as the other two places didn't do well unfortunately.

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    MustAVit, Maccydees  |  May 04 2011, 4:04PM

    Burgers taste good because of all the preservatives/flavour enhancers/chemicals/additives not forgetting key ingredients of reclaimed machined meat & offal. A handmade burger devoid of this science is a retrograde step & will in my view just probably taste of meat! I can't see it catching on.

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    J, Lincoln  |  May 04 2011, 3:50PM

    Will you be pressing the abuse button about calling all students fat and lazy as well then or is it just things you don't agree with that is counted as abuse?

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    lynn, lincoln  |  May 04 2011, 3:43PM

    Just for Fun - If you mean Leicester Square, London, then I don't quite think they've become so widely popular, yet! As for Epic, fail, I'd be strongly tempted to press the abuse button. Have you noticed how 'asinine' seems to be the latest buzz word?

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    Just for Fun!!, Lincoln  |  May 04 2011, 1:28PM

    If its the same company that myself and my partner visited in Leicester Square last year then it is amazing. The burgers are truely out of this world and not full of processed junk ala BK & McDs. As for you lot that like to winge and moan about another restaurant opening on the Brayford, why dont you enlighten us with what you would do with the building if you had either the balls or the money to do anything!!!!!

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    lynn, lincoln  |  May 04 2011, 1:06PM

    Comments seem to disappear every day on every article, I thought it was my computer, but it must be the Echo's end, as later on in the day the comments reappear. Very frustrating!

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    lynn, lincoln  |  May 04 2011, 11:36AM

    Flipping heck Phil, has someone rattled your cage this morning, or have you got out of bed on the wrong side? I did try Tootsies once and it was reasonably nice, what tempted me through the door was I had a coupon for a free bottle of wine. I will give Handmade Burger Co. a try, it's not something I'd eat when out, but if it's as good as it sounds then maybe the burgers will be totally different from the usual outlet joints.

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    Malcolm, Lincoln  |  May 04 2011, 10:03AM

    At least it is one less empty business property in the city. Equally it would be nice to know if they were going to use Lincolnshire produce to help and promote the good things in the area. Additionally it would mean retaining more of the money in the wider local economy. Regards

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    McDonald, Lincoln  |  May 04 2011, 9:39AM

    'You mean it will create 40 jobs for University students who have no connection with the local economy...' Other than spending their student loans in bars, night clubs, food outlets, supermarkets, high street shops etc. All these provide jobs and are part of the local economy. Monty Python would say '...and what did the Romans ever do for us?'