The doors of "Hawley Burger Company & Cone Zone," opened a few weeks ago and so far, business has been steady, said owner and chef Bob Plate. Located at 525 Church Street in Hawley, Plate said he opened a burger restaurant because "burgers are my thing."
Hamburgers, he said, are easy and the items on the menu are quick, simple, fast and good. A chef by trade, Plate also owns Muggs Country Kitchen across from Lake Wallenpaupack on Route 6. He explained that he decided to open his second restaurant because he is, "out of my mind." Since 1985, Plate has presented his cooking talents in various restaurants and hotels in New York City, even owning a few through the years. He is in Hawley now though, because his family lives in the area.
Of his food, he said it is special because the meat is 100 percent Black Angus ground beef that is handmade. He laughed when he said his menu is, "interesting," because it is "not like Wendy's."
The food that is served at Hawley Burger Company & Cone Zone, Plate said is "Friendly's meets Five Guys" with fresh burgers made to order. Plus, the ice cream is similar to Friendly's with sundaes, milk shakes and the works. The menu, Plate said is, "easy setup, easy cleanup with easy staff." It's not a dive and it's not a diner he added. As the owner of two restaurants in the region, Plate said he is very busy and despite it taking over a year to open, he loves the business.
As time goes on, Plate said things will change as he sees what customers do and do not like. There are plans to add additional items to the menu, but he said that, "food has to move." The menu is almost complete, but not quite yet.
With a few weeks remaining in the region's busy season, Plate said he isn't concerned with how business will be during the winter because kids always like ice cream and his prices are reasonable. A few of the handmade items include: potato chips, onion rings, various burgers, zucchini sticks and more.
Of his restaurant, Plate said it is, "not your typical burger joint, its higher up scale." There are plans to change the hot dogs, add more wraps, grilled sandwiches and a children's menu. Plate said his prices are good because he is "the area's own TGI Fridays." Of the handmade food, he said you can, "eat it with a concept."
The new restaurant is located at the corner of Church Street and Penn Avenue, diagonally across from Penny Lane Candies & Candles. The building at 525 Church Street has housed several restaurants or cafes through the decades.