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Blast Burger opens on Millennium Plaza

by: VERN UYETAKE Tim Mattera, manager for Five Spice Seafood and now Blast Burger, holds a Blast Burger. On the counter is a slice of the restaurant’s signature cream pie.

'One day two guys were having a glass of wine in Five Spice and one of them said to the other, 'Why don't we put a burger place in the space downstairs?' And the other guy said, 'OK.''

That's the story of how Blast Burger Mind-Blowing Burgers and Beer came into being. The restaurant is owned by Lake Oswego resident and Five Spice owner Barry Cain and run by Tim Mattera, Five Spice manager.

Five Spice Chef Paul Mitchell serves as executive chef for Blast Burger as well.

Mattera said the restaurant is a friendly place for people of all walks of life to enjoy a burger and a beverage.

'We'll have a lunch crowd and an after-school crowd, you know, a place where teens can go for a milkshake, and we'll also be the place for a family dinner,' Mattera said. 'And later in the evening, folks will probably drop in to watch a game and eat.'

At Blast Burger you can build your own burger using a four- or eight-ounce prime chuck patty or upgrade to a half-pound Snake River Kobe patty. All burgers come with your choice of French fries, macaroni or potato salad, mixed greens or Caesar salad. Buns are specially made by Fleur de Lis bakery in Portland.

Fish sandwiches, garden burgers and salads are also offered.

Beverage choices include traditional fountain drinks, smoothies, shakes and floats, frozen cocktails, draft beer and wine.

And save room for pie - Blast Burger serves Random Order Café and Bakery's pies, which Travel and Leisure magazine gave an America's Best Pie Award o for its Tahitian vanilla salted caramel apple pie. Currently on Blast's menu are chocolate cream and banana cream pies, plus a cupcake of the day, banana splits and sundaes.

The restaurant opened May 9 and is already proving to be a popular spot for lunch or dinner. Diners can eat al fresco or indoors.

Blast Burger is located below Five Spice Seafood and Wine Bar, 315 First Street, Suite 101. Hours of operation are 11:02 a.m. to 10:56 p.m. seven days a week.