Ball Ground’s Burger Bus has been selected as a Top 100 dish in Georgia by Georgia Eats Magazine for the popular eatery’s one-of-a-kind burgers.
After opening the bus last December, Burger Bus is “the” place to go for a variety of delicious 100 percent Black Angus burgers in Ball Ground.
Owner of Burger Bus Dylan Brown said the always tries to come up with a variety of burgers for residents and visitors to enjoy.
“Our newest addition to the menu is a ‘fried green jacket,’ which consists of a Georgia staple: fried green tomatoes and homemade pimento cheese, and a homemade Wasabi ranch sauce,” he said. “Another local favorite is the dads on ‘death row burger,’ which is basically breakfast on a burger, with fried grits, a fried egg, bacon, cheddar and maple syrup. If you don’t mind a few more calories, then the ‘chili cheese tots supreme’ are worth a try with crispy tater tots, homemade chili, cheese, jalapenos and onions.”
Brown said he and his team were very happy and pleased when they were made aware of the nomination and publication.
“The fact that we weren’t told ahead of time shows me we served a person a great product regardless of knowing it was a potential critic,” he said Friday. “We try and make all of our food as though everyone is a critic and I think that’s what helps us put out a great product every time. To say we are happy is a mild understatement. Within two weeks we were named in the top 5 for North Georgia best places to get a burger and then top 100 in all of Georgia two weeks later.”
Brown credits Burger Bus’s success to all of the employees.
“It shows me that we not only have a great menu, but the team we have built here is the best team I could ask for,” he said. “I can come up with great ideas but it takes my whole team to implement it and make it consistent and I am so proud of my team for making sure we put out the best product we can every time.”
The owner said he was proud of the efforts at the restaurant.
“I would like to say I’m proud that we are able to serve and satisfy the folks of Ball Ground and surrounding areas. I’m thrilled that people love the concept, the food and the service. We are constantly trying to improve and come up with new ideas as well as specials. We have aspirations of opening more restaurants in the future and we plan on keeping the Burger Bus concept as we grow and expand over the next few years,” Brown said.
With the addition of the Burger Bus, downtown Ball Ground has gained another piece of history.
T.Y. Brown had an idea in 2007 after noticing a rusty almost 70-year old bus that he just couldn’t get off his mind. He even asked his son, Dylan Brown to fly to Texas and see the bus for himself.
T.Y. Brown’s original idea involved a food truck and turning half of the bus into a kitchen and half seating; however these ideas were not profitable enough to keep the doors open and maintain a business, according to his son.
While that bus did not work out, the father continued to work on his plan.
That December, T.Y. had an epiphany, realizing that by restoring a bus to its original grandeur and installing a separate building for the kitchen, he could create the restaurant he had dreamed about for months. Dylan Brown pondered the idea for about a month before he decided that his father’s once crazy idea might just work.
“I sat on the idea for a month and I decided that it has always been my dream to own my own restaurant,” he said. “I agreed to the idea, gave my company a 90-day notice and moved back to Georgia on May 1, 2015. We started the process of restoration promptly after, and have been chugging along ever since.”
Once Dylan Brown decided he was up for the challenge, he had to find a suitable town and bus for the business.
“The land is leased from the city of Ball Ground and the railroad company,” he said. “The city agreed to sell us the bus so long as we agreed to keep the bus in the city of Ball Ground as an attraction, since it had been sitting vacant in a lumber yard for over five decades.”
Dylan Brown is excited about the boon that is occurring in Ball Ground and hope that anyone who is passing by will stop in for a bite to eat in the historic bus as well as grab a milkshake down the street.
“We and Martin’s General Store work together to bring business to the downtown Ball Ground area,” he said. “We send our guests to get delicious milkshakes and in turn they recommend our awesome burgers. We’re working to turn our quaint little town into a family friendly and fun place for people to visit, vacation, and live.”