It took more than a year, but Chubby’s Burger Shack is back.
The west-side haven of half-pound burgers had a small kitchen fire more than a year ago. Owners took the opportunity to do some badly needed remodeling at the timeworn shopping center on South Cherry Lane.
For one thing, Chubby’s doesn’t smell like cigarette smoke anymore. Even when the old place was empty, it smelled like smoke coming through the air system from a hazy pool hall and dart bar next door.
The clear air makes it easier to taste the fresh-packed, juicy beef on Chubby’s classic burgers ($8.75 with chips).
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There’s a long bar along the west wall, but there are plenty of tables for diners.
The limited menu for Chubby’s reopening also includes burgers such as the Blue Pig (bacon, blue cheese and caramelized onions) or the John Wayne (bacon, barbecue sauce and pepper Jack).
There’s a grilled chicken salad, a BLT, a Reuben and a smoked-bologna sandwich.
The notorious Chubby triple and quadruple stacked burgers haven’t come back yet, but the basic Chubby is plenty big.