By CRAIG FREILICH
POTSDAM – The owners of Mexican-style restaurants in Canton and Potsdam will be opening Between the Buns, a hamburger restaurant, at 6 Elm St. in Potsdam by mid-April.
Marc Morley and Meg Martin of Canton are renovating what was a Middle Eastern restaurant and bar in the former Masonic temple on Elm Street to transform it into a gourmet burger restaurant an sports bar.
Morley says they plan to open the ground floor first and decide what they want to do with the second and third floors later.
They have acquired a liquor license for the restaurant and will have a variety of beers on tap.
There will be eight to 10 specialty burgers with a wide variety of toppings, including veggie burgers, turkey burgers, other sandwiches, entrees and side orders. The beef burgers will be made from a custom beef blend, “the highest grade we can buy,” Morley said. “We’re setting ourselves up to win.”
Morley and Martin are the owners of the Hot Tamale restaurants in Canton and Potsdam, and a third in Cortland.
Morley says he would like to attract families who want a friendly meal and people who just want to stop in to watch a game with a beer and a snack. There will be a menu of appetizers.
“This is really a nice building,” Morley said of the former LaCasbah location. “And we want to get it back to where it used to be,” pointing to the freshly refinished floors and new bar. Noting the tin ceilings, he said he wants to “utilize the potential we have here.”
There will be lots of room for parties, he said.
With managers, wait staff, kitchen staff and bartenders, he believes they will have 25 full- and part-time workers at Between the Buns.
“All told, with the two Hot Tamales here, we will have 50 people working. That’s good for the community,” he said.