BELLEVUE, Neb. (KMTV) — If you're feeling a little naughty and want to fulfill those cravings, Sinful Burger in Bellevue is open, and is a great option for Takeout Tuesday.
"Sinful Burger has been around since May 2011," said owner Jim Nearing. "Our burgers, they're all different; they're all named after the seven deadly sins."
"The difference between our burgers and most other places is the fact that we out it through a wet marinade every day: we'll mix up the ground beef, and then weigh each patty out, press it, then goes on the charbroiler," added Nearing. "I really don't believe in putting a good burger on a flattop."
In case you were wondering how good sinful burgers are...
"Best of Omaha one, two three, four, five - six, times I think," Nearing said. "Best of Sarpy County, and we placed fourth in the Best Burger in Nebraska Contest. So great response. We survived."
Due to COVID-19, Sinful Burger shut down its dine-in option in March and focused on offering curbside and to-go orders.
"It was difficult for us in the aspect that we have 17 employees, so we have 17 families," Nearing said. "And we said, 'Okay we can close down completely, but what about their people?' So we've done everything we could to keep them employed, and everyone is back working."
They're focusing heavily on health safety for customers and staff.
"They wear their gloves, after each other they strip them off. Very little contact with the customer," Nearing said.
Even though restaurants could start offering dine-in service at 50% capacity last week, Nearing said they chose not to open quite yet.
"We wanted to see what was going on with the other restaurants in how they were doing it and how successful they were before making a decision," he said.
Nearing says this whole situation has been stressful for business owners, especially now that the U.S. Is facing a beef shortage.
"Well I talked to my supplier two days ago, and he told me there's only so much beef coming in, to get what I can," Nearing said. "But I won't freeze our beef. So it's a nerve-wrecking game. But what I've done in the past is, if I can find it elsewhere, go to Walmart or something and utilize that, then they'll compensate us for it. But that's scaring us."
"I have no idea what would happen if they told us we are out of meat for a month or two months," Nearing said. "Then that would be the death of us and probably a lot of restaurants."
While restaurants continue facing ongoing challenges as a result of COVID-19, Nearing says they're grateful for the community support and will hopefully open its dine-in option soon.
"I think the governor opening us up at 50% is the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm hoping that by June 1, he'll say, 'Okay so far so good, go ahead and open at 75% or 100%,' and go from there."
Sinful Burger Sports Grill
LOCATION: 4005 Twin Creek Dr. Bellevue, NE 68123
HOURS: Sunday - Thursday: 11AM - 9PMFriday - Saturday: 11AM - 10PM
CURRENT SERVICES: Takeout, curbside