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Spiro Gioldasis and Luis Flores, the owner and the former sous chef of the long-lived Mrs. K’s Toll House in Silver Spring, are racing to open The Stage Burger Lounge at 8624 Colesville Road by Wednesday. Named as a nod to the forthcoming establishment’s performance-minded neighbors, chiefly the American Film Institute and The Fillmore , the new patty purveyor will headline nearly a dozen sandwiches, hand-cut french fries and onion rings, plus milkshakes, cookies and cake.
Another burger joint in Washington or Northern Virginia might not raise any pulses, but in downtown Silver Spring, where McDonald’s
Five Guys competes with Fuddruckers and not much else, a fresh source for grilled ground beef is going to grab some attention.
The business partners might be late to the game, but they’ve been mulling the idea for a long time, says Gioldasis, who also owns Pacci’s Neapolitan Pizzeria and Pacci’s Trattoria & Pasticceria. For years, the two have been catching up at Mrs. K’s over hamburgers the chef changed up from meeting to meeting.
The burgers at the 85-seat Stage Burger won’t all be beef-centered. Flores plans to offer bison, turkey and a filling for vegans as well as a pulled pork sandwich. The burgers will be priced between $4.35 for a kid-size sandwich and $9.85 for a bison burger loaded with mushrooms, brie and truffle oil. The sides will include hush puppies using a recipe from Gioldasis’s father, who ran a restaurant, Dairy Dream , in Bennettsville, S.C., throughout the 1970s.
In the next couple of days, the business partners will settle on a baker for their bread and finish dressing the restaurant, formerly home to Sabroso. Photos of singers and actors are expected to grace one side of the cherry red and light gray dining room. Pictures of the owners’ four children eating Stage Burger’s signatures will decorate the other wall.
There will even be a touch of Hollywood: the quartet’s handprints captured in an 8- by 5-foot slab of concrete to be displayed at the entrance. “The kids are our stars,” explains Gioldasis.