This article first appeared in TAPinto Springfield.

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — On Presidents Day, Feb. 17, Super Stuffed Burgers celebrates its grand opening in Springfield. We got a sneak peak Friday afternoon when co-owners Rob Grunauer and Rey Perez spoke about their new venture.

“I am a comic book enthusiast/collector,” Grunauer said. “So the love of comics, that's already there, and the burger, I worked the hospitality business a long time, and I made my signature burgers for friends, family. And one time, I made it at Rey's, and he had a try, and he was like ‘These are some good burgers.’”

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Each burger on the menu is stuffed with a different cheese, Grunauer said. Options include The Classic with sharp cheddar cheese and super secret sauce, a macaroni and cheeseburger and a barbecue burger with bacon, onion rings and pepper jack cheese.

Sides include fries, tater tots, onion rings, mozzarella sticks and macaroni and cheese, according to the menu, which is available on their Facebook page. For dessert, there are cookies, shakes and floats.

The burger patties get seasoning and breadcrumbs. Grunauer also noted that each stuffed burger is made fresh to order, which takes slightly more time than going to a chain burger place, but results in what he said is a much more personal meal.

Good Stuff

Perez first had stuffed burgers when he was down the shore with Grunauer.

“Robert is the one who, he introduced me to stuffed burgers,” Perez said. “Because I had never had one before. He made one ... and I was like, ‘This is a good burger.'”

Grunauer described his long-term picture at that point, which was a restaurant, and as Grunauer said, Perez was on board to invest and make that dream a reality.

“The love of burgers and comics, to me, is a perfect mix,” He said. “So that's where Rey and I made it happen.”

As Perez noted, the first step to making the burger joint a reality was a feedback period, when the owners set up shop at street fairs and other outdoor events.

“Initially it actually started last summer,” Perez said. “It was a lot to start off with; buying the equipment, paperwork and everything, but we did a couple street festivals — Cranford, Summit and the West Orange Farmers Market — and we got some good feedback from everyone."

Perez said the next step would have been to get a food truck, but the Evergreen Deli space opened up, as Matt Applebaum of Apple's Deli was leaving for a new venture, and offered to lease the building to Perez and Grunauer.

“We saw the opportunity,” Perez said. “Eventually we spoke with the owner of the building, and we put it together and made it happen.”

The duo took on the lease this past January, and have been working since then to get the restaurant up to snuff for its grand opening.

As the process of getting toward a physical storefront jumped into hyper drive, Grunauer decided to focus solely on the upcoming restaurant venture.

“This has always been a dream,” Grunauer said. “It just happened a lot sooner thanks to the partnership with Rey, but I'm fully committed, so I've been here all day every day getting this ready.”

On top of the food, Perez and Grunauer feel they have made a location where customers can enjoy their time as well.

“One thing we definitely wanted to focus on was just making sure that if you show up here with your family, you're going to be entertained,” Perez said. “You're not just going to come here and enjoy a burger, you have the chalkboard wall where kids can go and make some artwork. You have the arcade machine, we've got some artwork hanging on the wall. Plus we have the comics, the pops and the collectables.”

Both men are excited to bring Springfield a new burger restaurant, and said the town has been enthusiastic as well.

“It's been great,” Grunauer said. “The Springfield residents are all excited for a burger place in their town. What I take from their responses is they're kind fo tired of having to go to Route 22, to go to a big chain burger place. They'd rather have a ‘mom-and-pop’ here in town that they can call theirs.

“Every town has their place. Hopefully, we want to be the best burgers in Springfield. We cater to burger lovers, comic book collectors, superhero fans old and young.”

“I feel that people are ready for us,” Perez said. “That’s actually one of the reasons I moved to Springfield. I've been here for two years now. I used to be in Union Township, but I moved here, I saw they're going to redevelop the downtown area on Morris Avenue, and that was one fo the reasons I moved.”

“We want to be the beginning of a turn around for Springfield,” Perez added.

If you go:

Super Stuffed Burgers is located at 529 S. Springfield Ave. Regular business hours are Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Closed on Sundays. Find them on Facebook.

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