Burger Station now open for business

Nathan Hart (L) places an order with Melissa McSpadden at the new Burger Station. Staff photo.

It seems only fitting that burgers are now being served again on the site where George’s Drive In once fed burgers to the community.

Durant Station has expanded its menu through the food truck known as the Burger Station, which operates on the property located at the corner of First Avenue and Plum Street. The truck is easily accessed from the Plum Street entrance.

Melissa McSpadden runs this new area of the Durant Station venture and does the cooking, as well. She talked about the menu for the Burger Station, which opened full time officially on Monday.

“We have single cheeseburgers, double cheeseburgers, chili cheese dogs, chili cheeseburgers,” McSpadden said. “And then we have chips and sodas and ice cream.”

The Burger Station is now open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from noon until 7 pm.

People in Bryan County frequented the former establishment at that location and George’s was known by so many for it’s “No. 4” burger. Is that something that will be on the menu.

“We are asked all the time about No. 4’s,” McSpadden said. “We do have George’s chili recipe, but we have not perfected yet. So until we perfect it, we have just our basic chili right now.”

Durant Station owner Debbie Mills spoke about the variety now offered at her restaurants.

“You know, families need options. A lot of families love to eat healthy – salads and wraps – and then there are a lot of people who just want a good ole’ hamburger. So when a family comes, they have options to choose from.

“Also, the hours of the Burger Station will sometimes be open later. Tonight, we have Open Mic at 7 p.m. and the hamburger truck will be open but we’ll close Durant Station. It will be open for drinks.

“We just wanted to give people options. A lot of people have asked for hamburgers and I think we have very good hamburgers. We’re very pleased and were getting good reviews.”

And Saturdays throughout July have been open mic night and this Saturday is no different. Things get underway at 7 p.m. and Mills said talented singers will be there, like Jed and Jessie Sallee and country singers in father and son, Will and Adam Smith.

“I encourage you all to come out at 7 and sit out here,” Mills said. “It’s shaded and there tends to be a breeze. And we have some great music and a great atmosphere. Children enjoy running around on the patio.

“It’s just a very family-friendly atmosphere.”

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