Hudsonâ€™s Burger Bar, set to launch 20 April 2009, has always been in the pipeline for Ross Collins since his acquisition of Limnos Bakery on Kloof Street early last year. Initial renovation plans were implemented in November 2008 and construction commenced in March 2009.
Collins studied at Zevenvaght Chef school, and went on to gain experience at the Lord Charles Hotel, Constantia Uitsig restaurant, and Poplars in Dâ€™Aira Wine Estate; as well as cheffing for the Four Diamonds Hotel, Lodge at Vail, Colorado.
Following this Collins took up a three year vocation as restaurant manager at Camps Bayâ€™s internationally renowned CafÃ© Caprice. Capriceâ€™s joint owner, David Raad, will be partnering with Collins in the opening of trendy Kloof Streetâ€™s new Hudsonâ€™s Burger Bar. The bar is targeted at hip burger loving socialites, a crowd known to enjoy the renowned Caprice niche.
Says Collins: â€œOur concept is to introduce a completely unique, simple, more direct burger bar, offering the highest quality burgers you can get in Cape Town. Our burgers will comprise of freshly ground beef, made in-house, every morning. No soya proteins, limited fat (from the regular 20% down to Hudsonâ€™s 5%), and no offal, just whole grain meat! What else makes Hudsonâ€™s so unique from the rest? Double crunch fries, sour dough buns, a chickpea and lentil veggie burger, vanilla lemonade, and other innovative toppings to top off the menu. Weâ€™re keeping it simple, but interesting.â€
The dÃ©cor and design elements of the burger bar comprise of sustainable products like natural woods and re-cycled; their goal being to create an organic feel, emulating the simplicity of the product.
Hudsonâ€™s will cater breakfasts, salads, and desserts, with their main focus on gourmet burgers at an affordable price. Itâ€™s been conceptualised as an extension of Capriceâ€™s clientÃ¨le and bar-like atmosphere; a place for customers to grab a coffee in the morning and a beer in the eve, with the added convenience of its positioning on cosmopolitan Kloof Street.
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