Thursday, November 7, 2013 , Updated 9:50 p.m., November 12, 2013
New Denton burger joint tunes into Texas
There ain’t nothin’ on the walls of this place that isn’t about a Texas musician.
DENTON The Dixie Chicks, Don Henley, Willie Nelson, Janis Joplin and Meat Loaf – they’re all musicians born or bred in the Lone Star State who hold a place of honor at a new burger joint and music venue in downtown Denton.
LSA Burger Co. – that stands for Lone Star Attitude – is the project of two Texas proud musicians. “This is not just a burger joint. This is an experience,” said Jon Christopher Davis, a Texas singer-songwriter and co-owner of LSA Burger Co. “When you walk in you will absolutely experience the depth and rich history of Texas music, and I’m talking all the way back to Scott Joplin and all the way up to Norah Jones.”
On the first floor, for instance, Davis and his partner John “Sparky” Pearson commissioned a piece of art they call The Great Texas Supper – a play on The Last Supper, with Jesus in the middle, eating a burger, accompanied by Willie, Waylon and the boys (and a few girls). In the restrooms, the owners created what they call "bathroom classroom," looping one-minute Texas history lessons played over the speakers. There’s even a shrine for Nelson on the landing of the back staircase.
“He’s like the Dalai Lama,” Davis said.
They plan to have local musicians from every genre play on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays while customers sip local beer like Deep Ellum and Peticolas and peruse a burger menu crafted by Jason Hoffman, formerly of Dallas restaurants Hibiscus and the Porch.
The menu includes burgers like The Stevie, a blue cheese and bacon burger topped with Frank’s Hot Sauce: “our own little pride and joy, like Oak Cliff’s favorite son,” reads the menu. Other items include brisket queso, Texas chili and the Dixie Chicks-en, a chicken sandwich with white cheddar, chipotle mayo, and lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion. (“A politically incorrect but very juicy experience,” it says.)
Davis and Pearson are especially proud of the 2,700-square-foot rooftop patio. And the view: The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of downtown Denton. It’s the second rooftop bar in city limits next to Cool Beans, but it’s the only one on the square, confirmed Ron Menguita, Development Review Committee administrator for the city of Denton.
Lacquered under the bar top are old records from the Texas greats, about 20 percent of which came from Davis and Pearson’s personal vinyl collection. “You may be having a beer on top of Lyle Lovett,” Davis said.
The burger joint replaces what used to be Denton County Independent Hamburger Co., which Denton dweller Pearson remembers fondly from his days of high school off-campus lunches. “I couldn’t bear the thought that it went away,” he said.
LSA Burger Co. is an homage to that old burger joint. And even though it’s new, it’s packed with nearly as much history.