There was a mixed reaction when news came out that Cassell's Burgers would move a few blocks down 6th Street from its decades-old shop. But longtime fans will rejoice in knowing that its spot inside the Hotel Normandie is the ideal homage to the quality eatery. This time, Short Order's former chef Christian Page is ensuring that consistency will not only stay the same, but perhaps get better. All of Cassell's old equipment is back: the meat grinder and even that impressive broiler that gives each patty a nice sear.
Much of the old signage and menu boards lace the new interior, which has a fresh, diner feel with plenty of warm woods to give the space a sense of familiarity. And the burgers will be served in much of the same manner: a burger patty with cheese (or without), then lettuce, onion, pickle and tomato on the side that can be either made into a makeshift salad, or added to the burger as toppings.
There are also some sandwiches like ham & cheese, egg salad, tuna salad, and more. Of course, that signature potato salad comes with every order. Prices start at $10.99 for an all-chuck burger, which is exactly consistent with inflation since the original prices.
Cassell's plans to open within the next few weeks pending final inspections and interior appointments. Since this is the restaurant that will service the main needs of the hotel, with a tight breakfast menu and coffee be available starting at 6 a.m.