Another new addition to the North Loop is now open.
Scratch Burgers & Beer – a casual bar and restaurant focusing on its namesake items – launched an extended soft opening in mid-October, but officially announced its arrival at 408 3rd Ave. N. with a grand opening on Nov. 18.
“We’re from Minnesota,” owner Rachel Blader said. “And us Minnesotans love burgers. There aren’t too many good, juicy, real half-pound burgers in the North Loop. So we just thought it made sense.”
Scratch’s half-pound burgers get various treatments – from foie gras and truffle aioli to barbecue sauce and bacon – and are served up alongside a handful of appetizers and salads. Burgers range from $10 for a plain patty to $16.50 for the foie gras version. Eight taps pour mostly local selections, and a cocktail menu sticks with the meat theme, offering the likes of a duck fat-washed Sazerac and a bone marrow Bloody Mary.
The name Scratch, Blader said, comes not just from the menu items, but the space itself. The fir and black walnut woodwork was all grown and created locally and the glass lamps were created by a local artist.
“Literally everything in the restaurant we made with our hands except for our chairs,” Blader said.