With less than four weeks until the Badurik’s Butcher Block Cheeseburger Challenge, there has been another major shake up. The BURGERGUYZ 2016 Burger of the Year award recipient, Fire Grill BBQ, has closed. It is reported that the Girard restaurant, that has been closed since Monday, January 9, was having financial problems. That opens the door for the next in line to compete, StoneYard Grill and Tavern of Niles. The tournament kicks off on February 8th and should take about a month until the final match between the top Mahoning County cheeseburger against the best from Trumbull County.
Preparations have begun for the 2nd Cheeseburger Challenge which will begin February, 2017. The tournament, dubbed “The Meat 16,” is sponsored in 2017 by Badurik’s Butcher Block. It pits 16 restaurants from Mahoning and Trumbull counties against each other in a Sweet 16 type bracket. The 2016 champ, Magic Tree Pub & Eatery, defeated the Trumbull County bracket winner, Just Fred’s in an exciting finale judged at The Vindicator by WFMJ TV 21 anchor Mike Case, 93.3 The Wolf DJ Fast Freddie, and The Vindicator editor, Todd Franko. As in the first tournament, we have chosen 14 restaurants (7 Mahoning, 7 Trumbull) from our list of places that we’ve reviewed. If a 2016 entrant had a first round victory, other than by forfeit, they are automatically invited back. This means we have some new spatulas vying for trophy and bragging rights! It also means we still have two slots open, one from each county. Let us know which restaurants need to be in this tournament! Comment here or on Facebook or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.