Burger 25 Adds Sizzle to the bottom of the late spring shipment

BOARDWALK STYLE: In addition to 25+ burger options (fresh, not frozen) are boardwalk-style fries and hand-crafted shakes with a monthly rotating “super shake” menu. (Photo by Jack Reynolds)

Burger 25, a popular niche restaurant on Route 37 in Toms River, is slated to open a second location in Ship Bottom in “late spring,” co-owner Denise Vetter said.

Featuring fresh Angus beef burgers flavored with a house blend of spices, boardwalk-style seasoned fries, hand-crafted shakes and more, Burger 25 will take over the former Surf Taco location at 1915 Long Beach Blvd.

“We’re shooting as fast as we can” in late spring, Vetter said, “but we’re definitely putting our touches on the building,” inside and out.

“We can’t wait to share our brand with LBI, and we’re very excited to bring a new smoothie bar with outside access,” said Vetter, who co-owns with her husband, Steve. In addition to indoor seating, outdoor seating will include the maximum number allowed by city rules, he detailed.

The plans are to keep the restaurant open all year round. Scheduled hours will be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Specific winter hours are still to be determined. “We’ll hear it.”

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The couple pride themselves on being a family business. “This is something that is very important to Steve and I. We are 100% family owned and not affiliated with any other burger place.”

Launching in 2020, the first Burger 25 in Toms River “began to grow exponentially with each passing year,” the company’s online story says. In 2020, they acquired a larger location at 199 Route 37 “on a mission to be bigger and better.” Businesses are busier than ever, and now they’re very excited to join the LBI scene, relatives said.

Burgers are made daily, “fresh, not frozen” in 25 options, starting with the classic No. 1 burger. The fan-favorite Reef and Beef is an Angus patty with melted pepper-jack cheese, shrimp crispy rock and shredded lettuce with China’s Spicy Gochujang sauce between a Martin’s Famous potato bun.

The handmade, “incredibly thick” shakes with whipped cream in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and Oreo flavors sell quickly, “but we’re known for our Super Shakes, four flavors that change monthly.”

Seasoned boardwalk fries also feature options. They can be paired with homemade garlic ranch sauce, or come to the table in varieties called Philly, Jersey, Disco, Monster and Nashville Hot. Chicken wings, hot dogs and fresh salads are also on the menu.

Before even opening their doors to LBI, the owners are doing a practice to meet business partners.

“We look forward to meeting other business owners down there,” Vetter said in a recent phone interview. “We do everything we can to stay local. That means partnering with other businesses. Some of the business owners have already reached out to offer information and help.”

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