Burgers Blues Barbecue opening in May in downtown Madison

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MADISON — A local burger joint plans to open its second location here on Main Street.

The former Burgers and Blues in Ridgeland had moved to Rankin County late last year but is coming back to Madison County with a new name, Burgers Blues Barbecue, in the old Lyles Family Cleaners downtown, 2077 Main Street.

Owners Steven and Abby Sahler are sanding walls and getting the building ready for an anticipated May opening.

“We are in the process of building the location out,” Steven Sahler said. “We are sanding walls and getting the plumbing and electrical stuff installed.”

Sahler said they aim to open in May. He said that the Madison location has been in the works for about a year.

“If everything goes well,” Sahler said. “It really depends on the shipping of our equipment and lumber and stuff like that. I just got a call that our walk-in might not be delivered when it is supposed to. We are going to do everything we possibly can to be open by May though.”

Sahler said they will be offering breakfast, lunch and dinner when they open.

The building on Main Street has housed the cleaners and the Post Office at one time, according to Sahler.

Sahler said that this will be their second location. He said they closed their Ridgeland location in late November and moved to Brandon on Dec. 1.

Sahler said the restaurant originally opened in 2010 and will be 11 years old next month.

In 2011, Travel Channel’s “Man V. Food” filmed an episode at the Ridgeland restaurant. 

Sahler said that they no longer offer the challenge featured in the episode but have considered bringing at back. 

At the time it was called The Whammy Challenge. 

It gave one customer 30 minutes to down a burger comprised of three one-pound “fully loaded” patties, a basket of French fries and an IBC root beer float.


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