In the winter of 2016, developer Bryan Danna bought a former gas station/car wash at 1603 N. Durham that he had big hopes for – and now they are coming to fruition, as Balls Out Burger is set to open its doors to the Heights community.
According to a press release Wednesday afternoon, the concept from restaurateur Ian Tucker will open its doors to the public on Saturday, June 3 at 1603 N. Durham Dr. in Houston’s burgeoning Heights district.
Balls Out will offer a simple menu with counter service where guests can order from options that include a classic hamburger, cheeseburger, and double varieties of each of those burger choices alongside French fries in shoestring, hand-cut, and sweet potato varieties. The burger buns consist of an in-house recipe with bread produced fresh daily from Slow Dough bakery in Houston. Kids’ hamburgers and cheeseburgers complete the menu on the food side.
Balls Out Burger will serve exclusively Saint Arnold beer in cans as it seeks to support local Houston vendors. Wine bottles from Texas suppliers are also on the drink menu in the form of two reds and two whites that will be rotated on a seasonal basis. No burger joint is complete without a great milkshake, so Balls Out will whip up hand-spun shakes in three classic flavors, chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla, with ice cream sourced from Amy’s Ice Cream.
Guests will have the choice to sit either inside Balls Out’s 1,000-square-foot space with seating that accommodates around 35 or outside on the expansive patio. The dog-friendly outdoor Balls Out Burger patio will serve as the crown jewel of the location and represent a communal gathering space for visitors to eat, drink, hang out, and play games. The approximately 4,000-square-foot patio will boast large tables and be covered by a massive awning structure that was part of the previous gas station. The outdoor patio will feature an ordering station ideal for grabbing a second (or third) drink or an additional burger or side of fries. While outside, guests can dabble in cornhole, giant JENGA, giant Connect Four, darts, and other games
Twenty bike racks along the edge of the patio will be set up to work in conjunction with on-site parking spots and an abundance of street parking in the adjacent neighborhood. Two of the parking spots will always be set aside for to go orders so that Balls Out customers can stop in quickly and pick up their meal. Balls Out will pride itself on an eco-friendly approach to the burger business and plans to avoid excess waste wherever possible. Paper and plastic packaging products are made entirely from recyclable materials.
“My vision for Balls Out Burger is to establish a community atmosphere where friends, family, and neighbors can gather together to chill, eat delicious food, have a few beers, and have a great time with one another,” commented Balls Out Burger founder Ian Tucker. He added, “In addition to the overall experience, Balls Out is not going to cut any corners; all burgers will be made-to-order from the highest-quality ingredients.”
Balls Out Burger will be open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. For more information, visit ballsoutburger.com or call 832-844-3359.