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Salt Bae Is Coming to LA With a New Burger Chain

Forget his steakhouse, it’s all about Salt Bae burgers now

Salt Bae in action
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Salt Bae is officially coming to Los Angeles, and everyone should prepare their Instagram accounts accordingly. Per the NY Post, the famous salt-sprinkling bicep with a restaurateur attached is opening up the first in what should be a long line of casual burger places, to be called — naturally — Salt Bae.

Turkish butcher Nusret Gökçe (better known to the internet as Salt Bae) has had quite a ride over the past year or so. First he became a worldwide sensation thanks to an Instagram video of him sensually slicing up steaks and performing his signature crane-armed salt splash, then he announced plans to jump his six-location Nusr-Et steakhouse to the heart of New York City. The place opened to much fanfare earlier this month, and Gökçe has already been panned (and in some cases cheered) by critics and slapped with a health department warning for not using gloves when finishing food at the table.

Now comes word that Bae himself will open up a chain of burger spots, leaning into the more reliably-known name Salt Bae. Per the Post, a lease has already been signed, and diners can expect a full liquor license for the space, which reportedly spans some 4,000 square feet. There will be burgers, fries, table service, and more, but no word yet on how the restaurant will incorporate Bae’s meme-ified salt move, especially if Gökçe isn’t going table to table to splash customers like he currently is at Nusr-Et in New York City.

Eater reached out to Salt Bae’s team for more info on the upcoming location, but so far hasn’t heard back. Per the Post, an arrival as soon as this fall is possible, with more locations coming to New York City and beyond.