Burgers, beer and a rooftop bar hit the Square

Burgers, beer and a rooftop bar hit the Square

Burgers, beer and a rooftop bar hit the Square
November 12
12:25 2013

Edward Balusek / Staff Photographer

Every inch of Lone Star Attitude screams Texas, from the art adorning the walls, to the bar top, to the burgers on the menu.

The Square’s newest burger joint opened Monday morning, ending the several-month-long void created by the closing of Denton County Independent Hamburger.

The new burger company’s theme is deeply rooted in Texas music and musicians, and offers what no one has ever seen before on the Square – a rooftop bar.

“What this establishment does is it allows residents to share in the rich musical heritage of Texas,” co-owner John “Sparky” Pearson said.

When Sparky, 47, learned that Denton County Hamburger was not going to operate on the Square anymore, he seized the opportunity to build his own burger shop.

“I couldn’t stand the idea of watching it turn into a ‘nail shop,’” said Pearson, who graduated from Denton High School in ’85 and obtained his MBA at UNT in ‘95.

The first-ever rooftop bar on the Square was an integral part for Pearson when building the restaurant. He said he wanted to celebrate what the Square is about.

“A part of the celebration was getting up to a height where you can actually look out at the gorgeous courthouse,” Pearson said.

By having an open view to the historic Square and blasting live music from the roof, Pearson said it creates a representation of Denton for people from out of town.

“I love Denton because of the way the people are,” Pearson said. “I love the music, the culture, the atmosphere and the people the most.”

Inside of LSA Burger Co., the atmosphere and scenery of Texas and its music explodes, from the hundreds of photos of musicians on the walls to the blue ostrich-leather booths.

Behind the bar on the first floor hangs an iron outline of Texas on the wall, which has been filled with different musical instruments, but mostly guitars.

And the most eye-catching piece of decor is a painting of the last supper. However, the painting has a heavy Texas twist.

Legendary Texas musicians like Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly have been substituted in the place of Christ’s apostles. Jesus remains in the middle of the table, but he is fittingly dining on a cheeseburger.

There are two staircases that lead to the roof. The staircase’s steps in front of the building are painted like piano keys, and solid red and blue walls surround the second staircase in the back.

A shrine dedicated to Willie Nelson is hung from one of the blue walls, complete with religious candles and a bottle of Lone Star beer.

Ann Wright, one of the designers, said they plan to fill the red and blue walls with photos of up-and-coming Denton artists.

Photos of established Denton artists claim their own spot on a wall across from the bathrooms, and the old Denton County Hamburger sign hangs on the ceiling above them.

The roof of LSA Burger Co. is equipped with a small lounge area, a stage space for live music, and a 29-seat horseshoe-shaped bar.

Wright also had a beer bottle chandelier made to hang over the lounge area.

And if there wasn’t enough Texas music flowing through LSA’s veins, the bar top is decorated with album covers from Texas musicians.

“This whole thing is born out of music,” co-owner Jon Christopher Davis said.

Davis, 45, is also the front man and guitarist for the Lone Star Attitude Band and writer of the song “Lone Star Attitude.”

Though the band usually plays private parties and music festivals, they rocked the roof on Friday night for the restaurant’s soft opening.

“I was really happy with the turnout, it was more than I expected,” Davis said.

Customers have a 360-degree view from the roof thanks to glass garage doors surrounding the top of the building.

“There’s no other bar in Denton you can get this perspective from,” said Denton resident and TWU graduate Eric Hutmacher.

Hutmacher, 29, said he could see fireworks from the UNT Homecoming celebration Friday night.

Hundreds of hungry customers, with only enough room to wiggle through the crowd, filled the building from top to bottom, forcing the restaurant to smother them with the smell of ground beef from Texas.

LSA offers eight different beef burgers and six different non-beef burgers, like lamb and chicken. Most of them are named after Texas musicians.

They all range from $5.50 to $9. Fries are separate and cost $2.50.

Denton resident, Craig Scoggins, 46, ate the “Stevie” burger, which is topped with blue cheese, bacon and Frank’s Hot Sauce.

“The hamburger was good, it’s not Denton County Independent, but it is very good in its own right,” said Scoggins, who reminisced about hanging out at Denton County Burger on the Square when he attended Denton High School from ’82 to ’86.

The “Stevie” is the personal favorite of co-owner Pearson.

LSA Burger Co. will operate from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Happy hour will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The burger shop is located at 113 W. Hickory St.

To find out more information about LSA Burger Co. visit its Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/LSABurgerCo

or Twitter, at:

https://twitter.com/LSABurger.

Co-owner John “Sparky” Pearson sits down behind a burger and a beer in his new restaurant Lone Star Attitude Burger Company. The new burger joint deeply roots its theme as a celebration of Texas music and is located at 113 W. Hickory St. Photo by Edward Balusek / Staff Photographer

Co-owner John “Sparky” Pearson sits down behind a burger and a beer in his new restaurant Lone Star Attitude Burger Company. The new burger joint deeply roots its theme as a celebration of Texas music and is located at 113 W. Hickory St. Photo by Edward Balusek / Staff Photographer

The Lone Star Attitude band play on top of the LSA Burger Company’s rooftop bar on the Square. The burger company opened its doors at 11 a.m. yesterday. Photo by Edward Balusek / Staff Photographer

The Lone Star Attitude band play on top of the LSA Burger Company’s rooftop bar on the Square. The burger company opened its doors at 11 a.m. yesterday. Photo by Edward Balusek / Staff Photographer

Hungry customers try the new burger company on the Square during its soft opening on Friday night. Lone Star Attitude Burger Company deeply roots its theme of celebrating Texas music, of all genres. Photo by Edward Balusek / Staff Photographer

Hungry customers try the new burger company on the Square during its soft opening on Friday night. Lone Star Attitude Burger Company deeply roots its theme of celebrating Texas music, of all genres. Photo by Edward Balusek / Staff Photographer

Feature photo: Neon sign hangs above the LSA Burger Co. entrance. LSA Burger Co. is located on W. Hickory Street on the square. Photo by Edward Balusek / Staff Photographer 

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