Growing up in Los Angeles, Ron Day was familiar with a robust burger culture.
Moving to Columbus 10 years ago, Day wanted to bring that flavor, so to speak, to central Ohio but also wanted to offer something different.
While visiting LA, he tried Burgerim Gourmet Burgers for the first time.
"I said, 'Wow, this will work,' " Day said. "I know the palate of the people of Columbus."
Day opened the first of what soon will be three local Burgerim Gourmet Burgers on July 20 at 121 S. High St. in downtown Columbus. The space formerly housed the Chintz Room.
Willmore Kanyongo, another franchisee, is scheduled to open the second Burgerim on Monday, Aug. 6, at 6599 E. Broad St. in east Columbus.
A third is planned for 29 Neverland Drive in Lewis Center. Daniel Chan, a spokesman for Burgerim, said he was not sure of an opening date. The franchisee's name was not disclosed.
Burgerim, based in Encino, California, is known for its petite patties -- 3 ounces each -- ranging from traditional ground beef to salmon.
"This is not a slider," Day said. "It's just a smaller burger."
Some of the more unusual patties include dry-aged beef, wagyu beef, merguez (spicy beef sausage) and falafel.
"That's the kind of thing you're not going to get at your quick-serve eateries," he said.
Customers also can choose from three buns, five sauces and nine toppings -- bacon, avocado and fried egg among them.
Single burgers cost $4.99, two are $6.99 and three go for $9.99. (Some patties and toppings cost extra.)
Combos, party packs and family packs are available, as well.
Fries, onion rings, wings, milkshakes and fountain drinks round out the menu.
The downtown Columbus location is 4,000 square feet, seating more than 100 inside and 30 on the patio. The clean, modern space, featuring a mostly black-and-white color scheme, has counter-order service and an app for customers to order ahead of time.
Day said turnaround time on orders is 8 to 10 minutes.
Burgerim has a full liquor license, with seating at the bar.
Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 614-502-0030.
Eugene's Canteen has a permanent new pop-up tenant.
Preston's: A Burger Joint will be open for lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Sundays, with brunch service from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, at Eugene's, 765 N. High St. in Columbus' Short North.
On a related note, the Challah Food Truck, part of the Preston's family, will go through a rebranding of its own, flying the Preston's banner starting Sunday, Aug. 5.
The unveiling will be part of the Summer Flea event at Seventh Son Brewing Co., 1101 N. Fourth St. in Columbus.
Pocket Produce, 3496 N. High St. in Columbus' Clintonville neighborhood, has closed.