Super Duper Burgers to open on Telegraph Avenue, 1 block away from UC Berkeley campus

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Super Duper Burgers will be opening on Telegraph Avenue, replacing Smart Alec’s, which closed because of increasing rent charges.

The restaurant will be opening June 18, according to Ed Oñas, vice president of operations at Super Duper Burgers. This will be its first location in Berkeley and its second in the East Bay.

“We’re excited to see them in the neighborhood, and we think they’ll be a great addition to Telegraph,” said Stuart Baker, executive director of Telegraph Business Improvement District.

Smart Alec’s closed in November 2016 after more than two decades on Telegraph Avenue because of increased rent, competition and the restaurant’s expenditures.

According to Baker, Super Duper Burgers will bring in a “healthy competition” to Telegraph Avenue with its popularity and quality of food.

“It’s a great location on Telegraph and we really love how quirky and fun the space is. We’re happy that we’re so close to campus,” Oñas said in an email. “At the same time, we’re only about 10 minutes away from downtown Berkeley, so there should be some great foot traffic.”

Super Duper Burgers will have fresh, organic ingredients, locally sourced from the Bay Area, Oñas said in an email.

Oñas added that Super Duper Burgers will be serving burgers, fries, sandwiches, milkshakes, soft serve ice cream and house-made pickles, as well as some vegetarian options.

“Everything is cooked to order, we don’t do any staging or use frozen ingredients,” Oñas said in an email. “We also have beer and wine from local craft breweries and wineries, which adds to the experience and sets us apart from most other fast food places. We are Bay Area born and raised.”

According to Oñas, Super Duper Burgers opened its first location in the Castro District of San Francisco. The location in Berkeley will be its 12th restaurant.

Super Duper Burgers is excited for a reception similar to the response at its first East Bay location in Concord, Oñas added in his email.

According to Baker, Super Duper Burgers is opening up on Telegraph Avenue because of its popularity with campus students.

“They see a lot of students hungry for a good burger, and they are excited to provide that. So Telegraph is a great food destination,” Baker said.

According to Oñas, Super Duper Burgers is prepared to serve the campus students that go through Telegraph Avenue daily. He added that the restaurant is excited to cater to nonstudents as well.

“We’re very excited. We think Super Duper will be a great addition to the community and we’re really looking forward to the opening,” Oñas said in an email. “Our hope is that this location will become an outpost for the East Bay community to have a great burger with quality ingredients at an affordable price.”

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