KB’s Burger Shack in Patchogue has closed for early September as its new sole owner, restaurateur Brian Kearns, prepares to relaunch as the Blue Goose.
Kearns took full ownership of the West Main Street business on Monday at 10 p.m.
Demolition work is now underway as Kearns gets set to replace the bar, flooring and more.
“When you make a place your own you have to take down the old and put up the new,” said Kearns, also a lawyer, said of his planned gasto pub.
“I wanted to take comfort food to another level.”
To help that along, Kearns has recruited chef Chris Zullo, who’s previously worked with known chef Lia Fallon at The Riverhead Project, and helped launch Brewology in Port Jefferson a few years back.
Zullo has just returned from launching two new restaurants in Florida.
The two spent August hammering out a menu.
“I want to be different than everyone else. I strive for perfection,” said Zullo. “A lot of people are scared of food. Of course the challenge will be maintaining that local, loyal base while introducing a new concept. But then again there are lots people who really do like to try different things.”
That’s an audience through which Zullo really hopes to shine. Speaking to the restaurant’s namesake, Kearns and Zullo have allowed GreaterPatchogue to reveal one unique-to-Patchogue item from the planned Blue Goose menu.
The Goose Burger will feature a 10 oz. black Angus beef patty topped with foie Gras (fattened duck liver), smoked blue cheese crumble and sweet onion jam on a toasted brioche bun.
Kearns said he was inspired, in part, by his dining experiences at Henley’s Village Tavern, which features an ever-changing scratch kitchen menu. Henley’s opened in April 2017 in Brightwaters.
“I’ve always been wanting to do something that’s a little more food forward, something like they’re doing at Henley’s Tavern,” said Kearns. “I want to get something going like [Henley’s owner Dan Kitson] has — great, fresh food, farm to table type of stuff.”
The old Burger Shack will be closed for about 2 to 2 1/2 weeks for the renovations.
Check back at GreaterPatchogue for updates and interior photos.
Top: Blue Goose owner Brian Kearns with his new head chef, Chris Zullo, outside what was KB’s Burger Shack in Patchogue on Friday. (Credit: Michael White)