Opening during the height of a pandemic is a difficult feat for any company, but somehow, Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews in Town Square Las Vegas made it happen and did it safely. The restaurant has been embraced by burger lovers and foodies of all kinds, thanks to its fun menu.
We were invited in for a hosted lunch to check out the new menu items and the ten-year Anniversary specials. For a limited time, diners can check out special menu items (including some Sickies throwbacks) like the “Birthday Shake,” “Buffalo Chicken Cheese Balls,” “Fried Potato Salad” and so much more. We also got the inside scoop from partner, Scott Upton. Check out all the new delicious items below and what’s in store for the brand. Diners can enjoy the anniversary menu through July 31!
Celebrating Ten Years of Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews
WT: What went into creating the anniversary menu for Sickies Garage?
Upton: As we started to plan out what we wanted to do to celebrate our anniversary, we really wanted to do something that took us back to our roots of being from the Midwest, having started the concept in Fargo. Now that we have locations across the U.S., we thought – why not bring back some of the original items we had, and it can be nostalgic for the Fargo and Midwest locations and maybe a new flavor for our other locations.
WT: Can you tell us about the start of Sickies Garage ten years ago?
Upton: When we started Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews, it was a group of guys wanting to start a restaurant with the idea of creating unique variations of burgers paired with beers, of course, for everyone’s palate. We all have such different tastes that before we knew it, for days, we were eating everyone’s creations to test the menu, and we had some crazy burgers that really solidified the branding of Sickies Garage and what diners have come to know and love. Eventually, we added appetizers, salads and chicken sandwiches and recently added melts, Mac & Cheese bowls, and some more traditional style entrees. We had just 72 seats in the original Sickies Garage and outgrew it quickly, so we knew we were onto something special.
WT: Are new locations in the works for the next few years?
Upton: We continue to look for other markets for expansion‚ some where it will be the first location, others will be getting a second location to meet demand. In August, we will open Omaha, NE, and then early next year, we plan for a second location in Orlando and a first in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
WT: Debuting in two locations in the middle of the pandemic must have been daunting, but clearly, the company overcame that hurdle. Can you tell us about the challenges COVID presented and how those challenges were handled?
Upton: It was definitely interesting to open new locations during the pandemic. There were so many different regulations in each state, and trying to staff and keep up with changes was challenging. But I think that it was a breath of fresh air for Las Vegas and Kissimmee in particular, people were seeing a business grow, which most were not doing, and we were bringing some delicious and affordable comfort food. I think we became an escape for some people to have a great meal, share some laughs with family and friends, and embrace the fun aspect of the restaurant.
WT: How does Sickies Garage create new menu items like the location-exclusive items for Las Vegas?
Upton: We had fun naming some of our tried and true items for the Vegas menu and had some small tweaks throughout. Some of our Vegas-only items, like our punchbowl cocktails are a lot of fun and are items that the party vibe of Vegas supports. And, of course, we had to give some nods to the local sports teams since Vegas has become such a sports town!
WT: We were told all of the cars were actually operational pieces before finding homes at Sickies Garage. How do the pieces get selected for display?
Upton: One of the partners at Sickies Garage, Kerry Fernholz, has an eye for classic and unique cars, trucks and motorcycles…whether in a field or just driving by in a town, so he was really the inspiration for finding this design style of having real autos and motorcycles as part of the décor. We all have fun finding different pieces for decorating, and then each location also has a hidden gnome somewhere in the restaurant, so it’s fun for those that hit multiple locations to find the gnome. In Vegas, of course, the gnome is in the likeness of Elvis.
WT: Has the original location changed in the last ten years?
Upton: Since we quickly outgrew the very original location (it was only 72 seats), we moved to a more prominent location in Fargo, which we still consider the first. Not much has changed at the original location, and we just opened a second in Fargo. The community has been really supportive over the years, so we try not to change too much!