Hamburger Mary’s Grand Rapids closes

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Hamburger Mary's opened October 2020 in the former Blue Moose Sports Pub in Cascade. Courtesy Hamburger Mary's

After indefinitely shutting its doors in January, a burger bar in Cascade said it will not reopen.

Hamburger Mary’s, a franchise known for gourmet burgers and drag shows, now is listed as permanently closed on the Facebook page and Google business listing for the location at 6242 28th St. SE in Cascade.

A post from Jan. 5 on the Facebook page highlighted the business’ decision to “pause” operations.

“The spike in COVID causing lack of employees and the negative impact on sales makes it irresponsible for us financially to continue operating at this point,” the post said. “We are hoping this is truly a pause and nothing more.”

Since then, the business confirmed in the posts’ comments and in a separate update that Hamburger Mary’s moved to a new location at 701 W. Cross St. in Ypsilanti.

Partners Doug Hanchett and Tom Zarkowski opened the Cascade location in October 2020. The open-air restaurant and bar became popular locally for its nightly entertainment, including drag shows, bingo, karaoke and trivia.

Hamburger Mary’s Ypsilanti opened Feb. 3. Hours of operation are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday and 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Thursday-Saturday.

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