Elevation Burger: Elevate your tastebuds with organic beef
Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 23:02
For those who love a burger but care about the quality of food they are ingesting, there is a new place to eat a healthy and tasty burger.
Elevation Burger is all about good taste and great quality, as their burgers are made with 100% organic beef.
The restaurant opened its first store in the Southwest Florida area on Jan. 27 and business has been flourishing after the first two weeks.
On Friday, Feb. 10, Elevation Burger fed over 6,000 FGCU students at its free burger day.
Elevation Burger is the only national brand that is USDA — United States Department of Agriculture —certified organic. The meat has no antibiotics, no pesticides, no steroids, no fillers and no hormones.
"We don't use any processed cheese, we only use a 6-month aged cheddar cheese. We also grind the fresh beef and make the patties every day," said Bob Douglas, general manager of the Fort Myers store.
For the French fries, the company uses what is called "cowboy potato," which has less than 5 percent sugar content.
They are cooked in olive oil, which is high in omega-3 and has no cholesterol, no saturated or trans fat.
The store, located in Gulf Coast Town Center, is focused serving the FGCU community and want to provide students with a good environment for students to grab a meal, hang out with friends, study and do school work.
Elevation Burger offers free Wi-Fi and it is open every day until 11 p.m., which is good news for the night birds who are always looking for places to eat after everything closes.
"We are very interested in being a part of FGCU's fast growing pace and in approaching its students, offering them an affordable way of eating tasty and healthy," said Sean Rowland, general manager of the upcoming Naples store.
Douglas and Rowland share that the GCTC store is coming up with special deals for FGCU students before the end of February such as "buy one, get one free" and coupons.
The company is also going to implement a weekly deal during particular nights and times so students can "rely" on in order to save money and eat healthy.
The menu offers organic burgers, veggie burgers, vegan burgers, and grilled cheese. The price range is from $3 to $10.
"We are coming out with news products for our menu, and soon we will be adding a line of salads to it," said Douglas.
Elevation Burger is raffling two Mini Coopers, only for FGCU students. One for a boy and one for a girl. The winners drive the Mini Cooper for one year.
"The winner gets the car for a year, we pay for insurance, and once or twice a month they get to take three of their friends to Germain Arena on events and concerts, and we pick up the tab up to $100," Douglas said.
To register, students can sign up on the website or scan the barcode on the outside of the car — located in front of the store — from their smart phones.
Elevation Burger opened its very first store in 2005 and currently has 26 stores around the world. This year, the company will open another 30 stores.
Naples will be getting an Elevation Burger store in six to eight weeks, and 18 new stores will be open in the Southwest Florida area in the next 36 months.
Elevation Burger is located in Gulf Coast Town Center, right next to Rita's and Ale House, and it is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day.
To sign up to win a car: http://elevationburgermini.com. You can follow Elevation Burger for updates on Twitter: @ElevationSWFL or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/elevationburgerftmyers.