Updated: Tay’s Burger Shack now open on Armour Road
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this post quoted Matt Avis, who identified himself to Charles Ferruzza during his December 29 visit to Tay’s Burger Shack as that restaurant’s co-owner. Kent Harrison is the sole owner of Tay’s, as well as the sole owner of the Jersey Boyz at 315 Armour Road. Harrison has no current plans to open a second Tay’s. This post has been updated to reflect these corrections; Avis’ quotes, which Harrison says were inaccurate, have been removed. Avis is not affiliated with Harrison’s businesses.
Kent Harrison, owner of the 12-year-old Northland location of Jersey Boyz Subs & Deli at 315 Armour Road, has taken a 65-year-old building on the same street, at 1019 Armour, and turned it into Tay’s Burger Shack. It opened nine days ago.
It’s all burgers all the time in the small building, which still boasts the original knotty pine paneling from 1949. (It was a saloon for many years and, most recently, a tobacco shop). Diners can eat inside after ordering at a counter near the kitchen. There isn’t much in the way of options yet. There are four sizes of the house burger: a single, a double, a triple or a home run. There’s only one kind of cheese — American, of course — and pickles, lettuce and tomato if you want them. Extra cheese is an additional 49 cents, and bacon will set you back an extra 99 cents. But the caramelized onions, should you want them, are free.
Patrons can order their fries plain, but most of the customers prefer the seasoned version, in which I detected notes of chili powder and cloves.
Tay’s Burger Shack at 1019 Armour is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.