Lunchbox Laboratory, a nationally recognized restaurant, plans to open Oct. 25 at Point Fosdick Square, 4901 Point Fosdick Drive NW in Gig Harbor.
A grand-opening fundraiser to benefit USO Northwest will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The cost is $15 per person and will include family-style appetizers, burgers and two drinks per person. All of the proceeds will be donated to the USO Northwest. Reservations were required by Oct. 20.
Lunchbox Laboratory was founded by Scott Simpson, a restaurateur and self-described “food alchemist.” Simpson’s desire was to take classic American food, such as burgers and shakes, and serve them with experimental twists.
The restaurant is known for its burgers, which are cooked in a pan, rather than on a grill, and then baked in an oven “so the juices are sealed in,” General Manager Chuck Huck said.
Its menu includes a variety of unusual options, including “dork” (duck and pork meat ground into a patty) and “churken” burgers (chicken and turkey). The restaurant conducts weekly “experiments” with new recipes, and many of the results are selected for the menu.
“We’re definitely an edgy-type restaurant,” Huck said. “We do a lot of crazy things.”
The burgers often are packaged in “lunch boxes,” which include sides such as sweet potato fries, homemade potato chips and macaroni and cheese.
Huck said milkshakes are another of the restaurant’s specialties. Lunchbox Laboratory was ranked sixth in the nation on a USA Today list of America’s best shakes.
The Gig Harbor location also will be stocked with a full bar.
The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week for lunch and dinner. It also will offer a twice daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to close.
Lunchbox Laboratory has been featured on TV and in many national publications, including Gourmet Magazine and Bon Appetit.
Epicurious tagged it as one of “The Best Burgers in America.”
It recently was awarded “Best Burger” by 425 Magazine, “Best Shake in Seattle” by The Seattle Weekly and one of Seattle Magazine’s 25 “Best Burgers.”
For more information or for menus, visit www.lunchboxlaboratory.com.