Little Bitty Burger Barn Changes Hands; Former Owners to Open Restaurant in Wisconsin
"We have a cult following here, and I'll have the same thing up there," Little Bitty Burger Barn owner Jay Hengtgen told me, discussing his decision to sell the popular burger joint and move back to his home state of Wisconsin.
Photo by Francisco Montes Jay Hengtgen, in the burger hat, and Ricardo Luna, far right, with fellow chefs at Wingtoberfest 2013. The two men are pulling up stakes and moving to Wisconsin.
The sale was finalized last Friday, November 1, and on Monday the new owner, Orlando Delcid, officially took over. Somehow the sale of the restaurant slipped under the radars of most people, but Hengtgen said it wasn't the result of a hasty decision or an offer he couldn't refuse.
"I had advertised that we had it for sale, and that's when he approached us," Hengtgen explains. "We're at 90 percent capacity right now, and no matter how many bells and whistles or how much advertising you buy, you can't put any more people in here. I told Ricardo (Luna), my partner, that if we were going to keep it, we would have to double in size. And I just didn't want to do it down here."
Fortunately for devotees of Hengtgen's jalapeño cheeseburger or "little bitty sliders," we're told the new owner isn't planning on changing anything.
"He's said he's gonna run it the way it is," Hengtgen says. "It's not broken, and he doesn't want to fix it."
As for Hengtgen and Luna, they're headed to Wisconsin as early as Thursday, November 7, to begin preparations on a restaurant they hope to open by mid-month. That's right. Hengtgen intends to have the new spot ready to go by November 15.