Harriet’s Hamburgers will open in Optimist Hall this summer

Harriet’s Hamburgers will open in Optimist Hall this summer
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A new burger spot called Harriet’s Hamburgers is opening this summer in Optimist Hall.

Harriet’s is a joint venture between Plaid Penguin, the local communications firm for Optimist Hall, and Papi Queso.

This is Plaid Penguin’s first venture as a food and beverage operator. And Papi Queso, the popular grilled cheese food truck, recently opened its first brick-and-mortar location at Optimist.

Brian Stockholm, owner of Papi Queso, says his stall has already been successful in its first few months in business at Optimist Hall.

“Through the collaboration between our culinary and operational experience and The Plaid Penguin’s creative F&B (food and beverage) expertise, we plan to build an unforgettable hamburger at Optimist Hall,” Stockholm said.

Harriet’s will be in a 675-square-foot stall directly to the right of the hall’s Parkwood entrance.

It’ll be next to Bao + Broth and will replace Aix, a rotisserie chicken stand that will no longer be a tenant in the hall, Plaid Penguin says.

The owners of Aix closed their other restaurants, Aix en Provence and Le Cochon d’Or, last summer. 

This will be the first Harriet’s location.

Customers can expect a “succinct and nostalgic menu” reminiscent of diners from the 1950 and 1960s, Plaid Penguin says.

Harriet’s joins a growing list of food stalls to open recently at Optimist Hall, which currently has more than a dozen tenants, including Papi Queso, The Dumpling Lady, Spindle Bar, and Ava Pizzeria. Tenants will continue opening in waves through this summer.


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