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Chain chain chain — chain of burgers! Cheeburger Cheeburger coming to Park Slope

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It’s the ultimate Park Slope good news/bad news story: The long-vacant Miracle Grill space on Seventh Avenue is finally about to reopen — but as a national burger chain with a very cheesy name.

Florida-based Cheeburger Cheeburger put up signs this week heralding its arrival to the space at Third Street, which has been shuttered for a year.

Some residents of the Slope, where Mom and Pop stores still dominate the shopping strips, offered up visions of doom about the arrival of a chain — especially one whose motto is “big is better.”

“I am worried,” said Stuart Fink, a neighbor. “Local business is what this neighborhood is all about, and a lot of places have closed recently, presumably because of high rent and not being able to have as deep pockets as these chains.

“And that’s not really what Brooklyn should be about,” he added.

The chain is known for its old-fashioned decor, oversize patties with a plethora of toppings, and milkshakes.

Other Cheeburger Cheeburger franchises have popped up in Queens, Staten Island and even at JFK, but this will be the first Brooklyn outpost for the chain, whose name comes from an old “Saturday Night Live” sketch that mocked a beloved Chicago diner whose waiter was constantly saying the words, “cheeburger, cheeburger.” Like the fictional diner, Cheeburger Cheeburger also proudly proclaims, “No Coke! Pepsi!”

It’s unclear if the Slope needs another burger restaurant. In the past few years, the neighborhood has become home to a Five Guys location, Brooklyn Flipster, and Dram Shop — all joining an already crowded field that includes Johnny Mack’s, 12th Street Bar and Grill, and Corner Burger.

Still, not every Park Sloper is upset that a vacant storefront will be reborn as a national chain.

“As long as it’s a nice restaurant, I think it’s a good thing to have a business here,” says Alan Bader, a Park Slope resident of 18 years. “If it was a Burger King or a McDonald’s, I might feel differently. But as long as it’s done tastefully, I would say wait and see.”

But as someone once said, all politics is local — will Park Slopers actually eat a cheeseburger at Cheeburger Cheeburger?

“I have a 3-year-old, so if they have milkshakes, possibly,” said Fink.

“But,” he added quickly, “it won’t be our first choice.”

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sam from parkslope says:
i know cheeburger, i been to one on Queens Blvd.Burgrs are juicy and very delicious & they have shakes too. iam happy they are coming in brooklyn. i could go with my family , kids love the shakes.
Jan. 19, 2011, 7:18 am
Resident from PPW says:
Welcome to the neighborhood.
Jan. 19, 2011, 8:42 am
Phillip says:
I tried it once at jfk airport.Great burgers that will please any one, with any taste. Great fries and onion rings with fun sauces to spice them up.
Jan. 19, 2011, 9:40 am
Sixth Guy from Slope says:
Anybody know if it's actually better than a Five Guys burger? If so, I'll check it out. But Five Guys is usually the top of the chain for me.
Jan. 19, 2011, 1:50 pm
Sarah from Park Slope says:
Was walking by the location today and overheard the following: mom: "there's a hamburger store opening here!" 2 year old daughter: "ooooooohhhhhh nooooooooo!" I agree with the daughter! I haven't eaten beef in 12 years, and think American beef is one of the biggest heath gambles that exists.
Jan. 19, 2011, 3:52 pm
John from park slope says:
Welcome to the neighbourhood, As always parkslope looked for a freindly dinner for friends and family.... it seems like Cheeburger Cheeburger will be the perfect mach for the neighbour hood...... No kidding, me and my kids are waiting for grand opening and we want our Shake !!!!!!. You know something during my research about Cheeburger I found, if you want to be famous, just eat their pounder and your picture will be posted on thier wall of fame. Can't wait anymore.
Jan. 19, 2011, 8:26 pm
Mary James from park slope says:
Great Burgers, Onion Ring, Fries and Shakes will be the big hit in this neighbourhood. Hope they open soon and make a history in neighbourhood.
Jan. 19, 2011, 8:29 pm
Eric Miller from Park slope says:
I am excited , I lived in florida for over a decade I really had a great time going to Cheeburger Cheeburger . I wish them good luck and hope to get the same WOW experience as I always had.
Jan. 21, 2011, 12:41 pm
alan from park slope says:
I can tell from the comments above the owner must be writing them personnaly to build up the hype. the truth is the food is well below average and the concept is cheesy and shows a lack of understanding of who lives in park slope and no regard for the neighborhood. Me and my three kids will not be found in a cheeburger ever. As for the photo, another examle of not understanding park slope. eating a pound of meat gets your picture on a wall in a cheesy restaurant, sounds really exciting. this is park slope not a mall in ohio....
Jan. 23, 2011, 7:46 am
Jason from prospect park says:
Name of the restaurant doesn't cut or add cheese in your burger, in this economy you must be glad that we have a new business open and will add new jobs to the economy and serve the community. I will strongly recommend to encourage them.
Jan. 23, 2011, 2:31 pm
Joyce from Prospect says:
I have been to five guys and I have also been to cheeburger on Queens Blvd. Fiveguys only sells beef burgers but cheeburger sells beef, chicken and turkey as well and their shakes are to die for, they have onion rings too. I would say "Welcome to the Neighborhood".
Jan. 26, 2011, 1:11 pm
Jen says:
I'm very happy that cheeburger is coming to park slope! Me & my friends are waiting to go there with our family on grand opening, to enjoy the bugers,onion rings,also shakes.
I would say "Welcome to the Neighborhood".
Jan. 26, 2011, 11 pm
elizabeth says:
I cant imagine anyone honestly waiting to go to this place, really? i think you must be joking. not to mention every person i talk to, since i actually live in park slope, is horrified that this ridiculous place is opening here. i am sure the space will be empty again in a year or less.
Jan. 30, 2011, 1:45 pm

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