Grill 'Em All Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary
Matt Chernus, top, and Ryan Harkins celebrated their two-year anniversary at Grill ‘Em All in Alhambra.
Grill ‘Em All celebrates two-year anniversary
By Sarah Grear
Grill ‘Em All, 19 E. Main St., Alhambra, celebrated its two-year anniversary recently, serving its signature menu of half pound burgers, fries, beer, and a few salad options. More than 1,000 customers attended the restaurant’s event from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Some of the events included a tap takeover by Eagle Rock Brewery and heavy metal face painting. The Grill ‘Em All truck made an appearance to pass out free birthday cake.
“We hosted the Grill ‘Em All anniversary party for our customers, plus it’s a chance to party, and also a chance to party with our customers,” said co-owner Matt Chernus.
“Our plan is to continue to grow the event and think about adding more entertainment,” said co-owner Ryan Harkins. “We want to top ourselves every year.”
There are 15 burger options on the menu, with some tame combinations like pepper jack, green chili, and onion on the Waste ‘Em All burger. But if you are looking to try something more adventurous then you might want to order the “Jump in the Fryer” burger with cheddar, fried chicken, bacon, maple and hot sauce encased in waffle buns. The fries menu is equally decadent with choices that include cheese curds, duck confit, duck gravy, and crackling. Grill ‘Em All also serves rotating flavors of Cool Haus ice cream for dessert.
“We’re best known for two burgers,” said Mr. Harkins. “We serve the Behemoth Burger, which has grilled cheese buns, cheddar, barbecue sauce, pickles, grilled onions, and bacon. Then we go to the other extreme, which is even weirder, with a burger called the Dee Snider. It has peanut butter, strawberry jam, bacon, and sriracha.”
“Everyone is afraid to order the Dee Snider at first, and then when they try it they start singing the gospel about how good it is and order it every time they come back,” said Mr. Chernus.
Three years ago, Mr. Harkins and Mr. Chernus, became co-owners of their Grill ‘Em All food truck business. After building a following, they decided to open the 1,800-square-foot brick and mortar Alhambra restaurant that they have dubbed Valhalla. They are happy to stay put in their new location with perks like table seating, beer, and heavy metal inspired art painted by Andy Anderson on the bare plywood walls. New murals will be going up this year inside the restaurant.
As they begin to plan for next year’s event, they look forward to the growth of their business and being a part of the exciting development in Alhambra.
“We invite the community to come out next year for the Grand Daddy of all events in Alhambra: the Grill Em All Anniversary Birthday-A-Thon,” said Mr. Chernus.
“Don’t miss out next year, because it will be a rager,” said Mr. Harkins.
Grill ‘Em All is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Grill ‘Em All’s specials are different every day, including “Tater Tot Tuesdays” from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sign up for their social media to receive notifications about “Hair Metal Happy Hour.” “Like” them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/grillemalltruck, and “Follow” them on Twitter and Instagram at GrillEmAll. The phone number is 626-284-2874, and Grill ‘Em All’s Web site is www.grillemallburgs.com.
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