In a crowded Seattle burger scene, one small fast casual restaurant is steadily making moves. 206 Burger Company — which has well-trafficked locations downtown in the Marion Food Court and on First Hill — plans to open its third location at 101 Nickerson Street in Lower Queen Anne shortly after Thanksgiving, according to owner Suren Shretha. The offerings will largely remain the same as the First Hill outpost (besides breakfast), with patties sourced from Oregon-based Painted Hills farms. But this will be the first location with a full service, separate bar.
206 is mainly known for its extensive menu of well-made burgers named after local sports teams, sandwiches, shakes, and masala dishes (influenced by Shretha’s native Nepal), all in the $7-10 range. While the two current locations of the restaurant have minimal seating, the new one looks to have some more room to spread out, with seating for 30 and an additional 40 at the bar. It’s taking over the former Eat Thai Cuisine location, which had significant space in its dining room.
Shretha — who also co-founded the popular Rain City Burgers in Ravenna — runs 206 with his family, starting the mini chain in 2014. He once told Capitol Hill Seattle back in 2017 that he wanted to debut a new location every year for the next five years right before the First Hill outpost opened. Not a bad pace so far.
UPDATED, October 24, 2019, 12:34 p.m.: A previous version of this article stated that the new location was in South Lake Union, not North Queen Anne. That has been corrected.