When the craving for a juicy, beefy hamburger hits, people in Chandler are satisfying their taste buds with sandwiches they can customize with sweet, tangy and spicy toppings at b² burgers & brews.
The family-friendly restaurant with its all-lowercase name is building a loyal following after opening last September.
Although a fire Dec. 1 forced it to close until Jan. 9, the West Warner Road eatery has bounced back, drawing customers who say they like the quality meat, tasty craft beers and friendly service.
The menu offers more than a dozen specialty burgers and diners can also choose the “Build Your Own Burger” option.
With the burger-building choice, customers select the type of protein they want: premium ground beef, bison, turkey, chicken or the “Beyond Meat” plant-based burger.
They also can pick the cheese of their liking, along with their preferred toppings and sauces. Fries or sweet potato tots come with burgers at no extra cost, with another side at an additional charge.
Many customers like the specialty burgers, which include: the Backyard Burger (barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese, bacon, grilled onions, tomato and lettuce), the Spicy PBJ and Bacon Burger (peanut butter, bacon, pepper jack cheese and pepper-infused jelly) and the Jalapeño Burger (grilled jalapeño, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion).
Owner Wally Ansari said the keys to making delicious burgers are combining fresh Performance Food Group meat, along with buns from Bunz & Breadz of Tempe and other high-quality ingredients. The longtime restaurateur added that one must cook the food with “good care.”
“We just make sure the meat is fresh, the buns are fresh, lightly seasoned, nothing overdone,” Ansari said. “We just do whatever way people like. It’s one of those go-to comfort foods for everybody.”
Drew Schneder of Chandler is a fan of b² burgers & brews, stating, “I’d say what I like the most about b² is the staff.
“Wally the owner is great and very personable and I appreciate that he takes the time to meet as many patrons as he can and is quick to reply on social media. The wait staff is also awesome. I do love the burgers and typically get the Desert Heat Burger with no onion rings or I’ll build my own with bison.”
The Desert Heat Burger ordinarily comes with spicy Ranch dressing, fresh jalapeños, pepper jack cheese and an onion ring.
Customer Shannon Flahart praised the Chandler restaurant on the b² burgers & brews Facebook page.
“Really fun place,” Flahart said. “Good food, lots of burger options (and you can do chicken, veggie, turkey burgers, too), nice selection of sides. The tap beer is cold and reasonably priced. The bartenders and staff are great! Will definitely be back!”
Todd Salvo said, “We had the Jalapeño Burger and the Backyard Burger and both were amazing. They also have a great selection of craft beers on tap. Our server was friendly, fast and attentive. No complaints at all. We’ll be back.”
The unusual Dorito Taco Burger has Doritos, cheddar and jack cheese, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo and lettuce.
The burgers range from $10 to $13.
Those who want something different can try the chicken and steak protein bowls with basmati rice, fresh vegetables and spicy teriyaki sauce. They can add jalapeño and an egg for $1.
The restaurant also has salads, a fish fry and shakes.
B² burgers & brews boasts 20 different beers on tap and 20 different types of beer in bottles and cans. Most are craft and most are from local breweries, including Uncle Bear’s Brewery, O.H.S.O. Brewery & Distillery, Four Peaks Brewing Co. and Pedal Haus Brewery.
Happy hour is 2-7 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to close every day except Sunday and Monday, when happy hour lasts all day.
During happy hour, customers can drink $5 call liquor, $3 well liquor, $4 craft pints, $3 domestic pints, domestic bottles for $2.75 each and $3.75 import bottles.
Its $5 select appetizers include cheeseburger sliders, pulled pork sliders, a cheese quesadilla, boneless wings, buffalo chip basket and fried pickle spears.
The deals are not just for happy hour. A daily lunch special from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. is $10, which buys a classic burger with lettuce, tomato and onion with a beer and choice of sweet potato tots or French fries.
Lots of March Madnes deals will be offered through April 2.
The local restaurant/bar has teamed up with Captain Morgan to offer many $4 themed drinks including a Courtside Mojito and the Final Four.
Buckets of Coors Light during March Madness will be available for $14 or 22-ounce Coors Light beers will be offered for $4.50.
Besides the food and drinks, the entertainment also attracts children and adults. The restaurant has many video games and pinball machines, as well as air hockey, darts, foosball, pool and several big-screen TVs.
Live music and events take place at the restaurant Friday and Saturday nights. People can sing karaoke at the business Monday nights 8 p.m.-midnight and play in trivia nights 8-11 p.m. Wednesdays.
Ansari, a self-taught chef who moved to the Valley from New York City 15 years ago, said he loves being in the restaurant and bar business.
At 19, he opened his first restaurant, a deli, when with his father in New York. His father had owned a fried chicken restaurant in New York and his uncle owns restaurants there.
Ansari and his father previously owned Rania’s Kabob Grill for about three years in Gilbert before closing it last year.
“I like the bar business, the fun atmosphere,” Ansari said.
Ansari, who owns b² burgers & brews along with two investors on the East Coast, also co-owns and manages a company called Resultz Fuel, with personal trainer and owner of NutriShop Patrick Delgado.
The meal prep company started in 2016 and provides balanced, healthy and clean meals that Ansari said are made with the right amount of carbohydrates, protein and vegetables.
The fresh meals, which cost $7 to $9 each, are prepared daily and delivered to customers’ doors.
Ansari said he came up with a business plan for b² burgers & brews in 2010, seeing an opportunity in the market. He said he has seen the “food quality” at restaurants in the Valley improve over the years.
“Now you can go to so many different sports bars,” Ansari said. “I love Chandler. The City of Chandler has been fantastic, the guests have been fantastic. There’s a lot more independent owners in Arizona, which is nice.”
An electrical fire at the Chandler restaurant and bar burned in the kitchen in December. Grills and other equipment had to be rebuilt, costing about $40,000.
“We were building some momentum and then that knocked us off our feet,” Ansari said. “You just thank God nobody was hurt.”
Having recovered and drawing regulars at the business “feels good,” he said.
B² burgers & brews is open from 11 a.m.-midnight Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is at 393 W. Warner Road, Chandler. Information: b2burgersbrews.com.