Gourmet Burger Kitchen ventures into Bath's Vaults development
Gourmet Burger Kitchen has opened its first restaurant in Bath this week.
The burger chain, which makes all of its food fresh on site, is the second occupant of The Vaults development next to Bath Spa station to open.
Last week the Bertinet Bakery Cafe became the first business to open at the scheme.
Restaurant manager Jamie Pearce said the firm had received more than 600 applicants for the 48 jobs created.
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He said: "We've been in the making now for so long and we've been chomping at the bit to get in here as soon as we could.
"There are operational issues with opening a new restaurant two or three weeks before Christmas but they were worth it to get Gourmet Burger in Bath."
To celebrate the opening of Gourmet Burger Kitchen, members from Bath Rugby team dined at the restaurant during one of its preview nights last week.
Bath is the firm's first new location outside London for three years, and it is the 55th branch in the country.
The company started 11 years ago when three friends from New Zealand came to the UK and spotted a gap in the market for a burger restaurant using fresh ingredients and making every dish to order. The first restaurant opened in 2001 in Battersea in London.
Mr Pearce said every member of staff was taught how to make Gourmet Burger's dishes from its burger sauces to the onion rings.
He said: "It's something we do day in and day out. Despite it being labour intensive, it's worth doing because we have the best quality and that epitomises our ethos of food – it's made to order and fresh.
"A lot of people think if it's a beefburger, it's fast food. We think of our burgers as our heroes – they are the staple of our menu. We are very proud of the beef we serve."
The Graze bar and restaurant, which has taken the entire first floor of the Vaults development, is due to open on Monday.
Bath-based Jika Jika is also due to open at the Vaults before Christmas followed by national chains Nandos and Prezzo in the new year.