By RACHAEL LONG // Photos courtesy of Ben Matthews
Nolensville residents will have another dining option Monday when Hoss’ Loaded Burgers opens in the new Burkitt Commons development in Nolensville.
Dallas Shaw opened Hoss’ Loaded Burgers as a food truck serving Nashville in 2011. The Nolensville restaurant will be the owner and chef’s first brick and mortar location to date.
Shaw said he hopes to bring something new to the fast-growing town.
“People down here are going to need quality food to eat, and they’re not going to want to have to drive into Nashville,” Shaw said. “I feel like we can fit that niche here, that we can give them a delicious meal, and it doesn’t have to take two hours either.”
Shaw said he wants Hoss’ to give people an experience they can only get at his restaurant, a hope reflected by his signature menu.
The fast-casual restaurant will serve “juicy Lucy” style burgers — burger patties made with a melted cheese center — and real, frozen custard.
The focus for Hoss’ menu is on flavor. Made-from-scratch sauces, unique cheeses and toppings are all used to create unique flavor profiles. Even the restaurant’s buns are carefully selected from Nashville’s Charpier’s Bakery.
Shaw said the menu will feature burgers of the month, but staples like the ‘Old Timer’ and ‘The Hoss’ are a must.
The menu is inclusive so all types of diners, offering kid-size burgers, veggie burgers and lettuce wraps. Gluten-free buns are not yet on the menu, but Shaw says he hopes to implement the option soon.
A St. Louis native, Shaw said the decision to incorporate frozen custard was inspired by the ever-popular St. Louis delicacy, Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. He wanted to provide a dessert option, and Shaw said there was an obvious market. Hoss’ is one of only three places in the Nashville area to offer authentic frozen custard, Shaw said.
“Some people say they have frozen custard, but it’s still in an ice cream machine,” Shaw said, noting that a custard machine is necessary for the real thing.
The name “Hoss” was given to Shaw as a kid by his father, and it stuck.
The dining area, which Shaw said will seat approximately 70 people, has four booths and several tables which can be rearranged for large parties. A patio area will seat another 30 people when the weather warms up, Shaw said.
Shaw said the building home to his new restaurant was constructed across the Williamson-Davidson county line, which runs directly across his dining room. In other words, two people sharing a meal together at Hoss’ could very well enjoy each other’s company from two separate counties.
And to make it easy to know where you stand inside the restaurant, Shaw had the county line labeled, with two different shades marking the glossy floor.
Despite being split down the middle, Shaw said the building is coded, licensed and permitted in Williamson County.
Shaw said he hopes to create a fun atmosphere where families and young people will want to gather. Speakers and televisions line the restaurant walls to help create that atmosphere.
Several of Hoss’ already-hired employees are students at local high schools, and Shaw said he hopes the restaurant will be a place where high school-aged kids will want to gather after school.
At its opening, Hoss’ hours will be Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends for lunch, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Shaw said these hours are subject to change and may soon include lunch hours during the week.
Shaw said the Hoss’ Loaded Burgers food truck will continue to serve Nashville and any plans for future restaurant locations are, for now, just in the back of his mind.
Hoss’ Loaded Burgers is located at 515 Burkitt Commons Ave. in Nolensville.