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Local Burger Chain Owner Apologizes for Offensive Comments

Plus Nimmerdogs crowdfunds a brick and mortar and The Growler Guys heads to Seattle

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BALLARD—For more than a decade, Corey Nimmer has been slinging mobile food throughout Washington, literally making a name for himself with specialty creations like his "Nimmerdog," a chocolate, peanut butter, bacon hot dog with whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry. (He guarantees you'll like it or your money back, and laughs, "I've only given money back twice.") Now he's asking for funding help from fans so he can set up a stationary Nimmerdogs shop on the deck at 7334 15th Ave NW. In exchange for a donation, Nimmer offers a free meal once he's up and running. His ultimate goal is to move into the building itself, if the summer brings enough business. [EaterWire]

SEATTLE—The owner of local chain Red Mill Burgers, with locations in Phinney Ridge, Ballard, and Interbay, has stepped down "indefinitely" and apologized for his offensive comments online after the community proposed a boycott. John Shepherd has shared a steady stream of vitriol to his publicly visible Facebook page, including recent sexist and transphobic statements and memes. The public backlash led to a letter from Shepherd, who said he would "turn over control and operations" of the company to others in the organization and pledged to "advocate and express my views in a way that is respectful to all involved" in the future. [The Stranger]

LAKE CITY—A Northwest chain called The Growler Guys is coming to 8500 Lake City Way NE, replacing Ying's Drive-In, which closed in March after more than 45 years. Local franchisee Kelly Dole says to expect 60 draft lines and a kitchen making pizza, wings, and more for consumption on the covered, heated patio; drinks and food will be available to go, too. Look for the new business in July. [Seattle Beer News]

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