Krueger's Tavern opens Jan. 14, 2019

Hand-pattied burgers and 44 canned beers at new Krueger's Tavern on Mass Ave.

· · Liz Biro · Jan 14 2019 ·

Sausages made in house and an award-winning vegetarian burger, too, from the owners of Bakersfield and The Eagle

The Mass Ave. and Delaware Street crossroads becomes a trifecta of tacos, fried chicken and burgers when the owners of Bakersfield (tacos) and The Eagle (fried chicken) unveil their burger, sausage and canned craft beer place Krueger’s Tavern.

After a weekend of private tasting events, Krueger's opens at 4 p.m. Jan. 14 at 323 N. Delaware St. I've yet to sample the food, but got a peek a some of the menu during a pre-opening staff meeting.

The 150-seat Krueger's specializes in ground meats, including sausages stuffed in-house, giant meatballs and hand-pattied burgers, good bar food when you're watching a game on one of Kruger's five televisions.

Krueger's signature burger, two beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and Dijonnaise a is a nod to the Big Mac.

Krueger's is from the Cincinnati-based restaurant group Thunderdome. Cincinnati Magazine has named Kruger's beet and brown rice vegetarian burger one of that city's best meatless burgers. It comes with provolone, pesto mayonnaise, mixed greens and pickles on a challah bun.

Krueger's also serves salads and sandwiches, including the Crispy Chicken BLT salad that piles mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, red onion, bacon, chives, and housemade buttermilk ranch dressing on a crispy chicken cutlet.

Menu prices range from $4 to $12.

The restaurant's hours are 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday-Thursday and 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Find a handful of free parking spaces at the Delaware Street main entrance, between Stout Shoes and the offices of Indy Musicians Local 3AF-M. Sneak inside from a back entrance, too.

Find Krueger's rear door on the Bakersfield patio. Fifty of Krueger's seats are on the patio, which will soon be covered and equipped with heaters.

Named after the first brewing company to put beer in cans, Krueger's has lots of canned beers on its list as well as wine and cocktails.

Thunderdome operates seven brands divided among 36 restaurants. Many are in Ohio, but The Eagle is also in Louisville, and Bakersfield is in Detroit, Nashville, Pittsburgh and Charlotte, N.C. Healthy, quick-service Currito serves "globally inspired" food and drink in the Midwest, Northeast and Florida.

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