Burgerhaus’ downtown canal location likely won’t reopen

There’s a good chance that Burgerhaus’ downtown location won’t reopen, the restaurant’s co-owner told IBJ Monday afternoon

The restaurant opened in 2014 at 335 W. Ninth St. in the 9 on Canal apartment development. It’s one of four locations owned by former Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas and his son, Evan. The other three locations are in Carmel, Valparaiso and Schererville.

The downtown Burgerhaus has been closed since the COVID-19 pandemic forced restaurants to discontinue in-restaurant dining in March.

“At this point, we doubt if we will be able to reopen this summer,” Jon Costas said. And because the canal-side restaurant’s business in highly seasonal, relying heavily on pedestrian traffic, he said that if it doesn’t reopen for the summer it will probably remain closed permanently.

If the downtown location remains closed, Costas said, patrons can redeem gift cards at Burgerhaus’ Carmel location. That location stayed open for carryout during the COVID-19 shutdown, and it reopened for dine-in service last week.

Restaurants in most Indiana counties were able to resume dine-in service at 50% capacity on May 11. Marion County is operating under tighter restrictions, and beginning on Friday they will be allowed to reopen for outdoor dining only.

In recent weeks a growing number of local restaurants have closed permanently. Bravo! Cucina Italiana Restaurant at 2658 Lake Circle Drive; Brugge Brasserie at 1011 E. Westfield Blvd.; Morton’s The Steakhouse at 41 E. Washington St.; Next Door at 4573 N. College Ave.; Redemption Alewerks at at 7035 E. 96th St.; and all of the locations of the Stacked Pickle sports bar chain.

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