Bulldog Burger opening soon on Lake Harbour Drive
Craft burgers are coming back to Lake Harbour as a Starkville-based brand that includes Harveys is bringing a third location to Ridgeland.
Workers unloaded kitchen supplies and fresh signage earlier this week as they prepared the building at 879 Lake Harbour Drive, previously a Mugshots.
John Bean, president of Eat With Us Group, Bulldog Burger’s parent company, said they plan to have their management team in place and ready to start taking applications later in April. He said they expect to open in early June with dinner only service for a week or so before opening for lunch.
“We are excited about it,” Bean said. “We think this is a great spot.”
Bulldog Burgers offers about 15 hand-crafted burgers as well as other sandwiches, salads and other offerings. They expect to open with a “full beverage program,” including wine, beer and liquor.
Ridgeland Community Development Director Alan Hart said the project did not have to seek Architectural Review Board approval because they made no changes to the structure or to the building’s exterior.
“There was no need to appear before ARB because they are only updating the interior,” Hart said.
Bean said their indoor build-out is being done by Manning and Manning, a local firm. He said that most of what they have been doing has been bringing in new appliances and furniture and doing some decorating as well as installing signage outside.
“It has been an easy conversion,” Bean said.
Bean said that between a private dining area, bar, restaurant floor and patio seating they expect to be able to accommodate about 180 guests at full capacity. He said they hope to be fully staffed at between 70 and 80 employees.
Bulldog Burger opened in Starkville in 2016 and was followed by a Tupelo location in 2019. This will be the brand’s third location in the state.