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South St. Burger the latest player in Guelph's premier burger scene

New burger restaurant opens in Guelph's south end

The brother and sister duo of Kirit and Ursula Kambo have delved into the competitive premium burger scene in the shape of South St. Burger.

The Guelph siblings opened the 40-seat spot at 190 Clair Rd. E., in the plaza on the northeast corner of the burgeoning Clair/Gordon commercial node, last Thursday.

The first question seems obvious to anyone that has a brother or sister: how do you get along working side by side?

"It's challenging at times," admits Ursula, 19. "But we know each other's strengths and weaknesses."

"We're comfortable around each other, so that helps a lot," adds Kirit.

Guelph becomes the 40th South St. Burger location, offering never-frozen, hormone-free and filler-free patties in 4 oz and 6 oz servings and the option of 30 toppings, from ginger-glazed pineapple and mango chutney to the basics.

Hand cut fries, milkshakes and poutine round out the menu. There are also vegetarian options.

It all started around a year ago when Kirit was out with some friends in Waterloo.

After convincing his friends to choose the Waterloo South St. Burger location for a bite to eat, they were all blown away by the food and decor.

Looking to go into the restaurant business that his father already was in, Kirit brought the whole family for a visit and they were hooked.

They contacted head office, which had already targeted Guelph as a prime location for a store.

South St. Burger was started in 2005 by Jay Gould, the founder of New York Fries. The chain has grown slowly but surely. The first 14 stores were corporately owned.

It took about 10 months to go from calling the company to opening the doors at the Guelph location.

"We're 'fast casual.' Nothing is frozen, everything is made fresh and it only takes eight to 10 minutes to get your order," Ursula says.

Gluten-free buns are also available.

"The difference is quality," Kirit says. "100 per cent Angus beef, no hormones and less fat than other burgers."

A 4 oz burger with basic toppings will run you around $6. Most spend $12-$18 on a meal, Kirit says.

The Guelph location is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.