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Andersonville Honors Mary’s

April 17th, 2013 | Posted in Chicago |

The Andersonville Development Corporation’s annual “Honors Gala” honors all that our local businesses do to make Andersonville an exceptional place to shop, dine and live.  As part of the event, the ADC unveils the winners of the community-voted awards.

At this year’s Gala, Hamburger Mary’s received the “Good Neighbor Award” for being “the business that best exemplifies the spirit of community support and customer service.”

Hamburger Mary’s was nominated for our commitment to eco-sustainability and for our charity fund-raising.  From all of us at Mary’s, we want to say a big “Thanks” to all our Andersonville friends and neighbors!

Mary’s Chicago now a 3-Star Certified Green Restaurant

November 3rd, 2011 | Posted in Chicago |

It’s not easy being green… Hamburger Mary’s was recently designated a 3-Star Certified Green Restaurant® by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), a national nonprofit organization specializing in helping restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable. Receiving 189.47 points on the GRA’s rigorous certification scale and having implemented over 40 eco-steps, Hamburger Mary’s has established itself as a leader in sustainable dining throughout Illinois.

“Hamburger Mary’s has always striven to communicate our commitment to the environment” says Brandon Wright, who along with twin brother Ashley, owns this popular Andersonville restaurant and brew pub. “Now, when customers see the 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant logo, they’ll know we’ve verified our environmental initiatives through a credible, transparent program.”

In accordance with the GRA’s Certification standards, 3 Star Certified Green Restaurants® must meet a minimum of 175 points in six of seven key environmental categories. Hamburger Mary’s implemented over 40 innovative steps.  Many of these procedures have been part of Mary’s policies since opening in 2006.  “My brother and I have always been environmentalists at heart,” says Wright.  “We helped start one of the first public recycling programs at our high school in Georgia back in the early 1990′s, so these are values we truly believe in.  Business owners – especially restaurant owners – have such a large impact on waste and energy consumption.  We wanted to run our business in a manner to reduce that consumption and waste as much as possible.”  Some of the environmental policies and procedures at Hamburger  Mary’s include:

Implementing a full-scale recycling program, significantly decreasing their waste
Installing energy efficient LED and Compact Fluorescent lighting throughout 79% of the restaurant
Procuring meat (including all beef, chicken and turkey) from certified humane sources.  Animals are treated humanely, fed vegetarian diets and never given growth hormones or antibiotics.
Using high-efficiency spray valves on their prep sinks, which save thousands of gallons of water and significant energy
Installing dual-flush handles in all public restrooms
Utilizing bio-based plates, to-go containers, and cutlery that easily degrade and are superior to non-degradable and Styrofoam models
All paper products are made with high-recycled content, including napkins, paper towels and office paper

In addition to the items above, Hamburger Mary’s has many other eco-friendly practices that currently are not considered as part of the GRA’s Certification Program.  “Our ultimate goal is to have a restaurant and brew pub with the lowest carbon footprint possible,” says Wright.  “That is very difficult given the sheer magnitude of waste generated by a restaurant.”

Mary’s Beer highlighted in “Chicago” Magazine

July 11th, 2011 | Posted in Chicago |

Hamburger Mary’s Gangster Ale featured in Chicago Magazine’s issue on BEER

New healthier and “happier” menu for Chicago!

May 10th, 2010 | Posted in Chicago |

At Hamburger Mary’s, we believe in the old adage: “You are what you eat!”  So we’ve made a new commitment to serve animal proteins that contain no growth hormones or antibiotics, and to purchase our meats from suppliers who practice humane treatment of farm animals.

For months we have been searching for suppliers of all our meats, a daunting task considering the amount of meat we order!  Along the way we discovered that our turkey (from Michigan Turkey) already met the requirements, and we found a good source for chicken from FreeBird (omg, you HAVE to try the new chicken tenders… so juicy!).  We tried beef from several suppliers and finally found Myer Natural Angus, a collection of more than 250 ranchers who all pledge to uphold their commitment to “environmentally sound practices, humane animal treatment and personal integrity.”
This is a continuation of Hamburger Mary’s long-standing partnership with Sysco Foodservice to provide more eco-friendly choices to restaurants in Chicago.  Hamburger Mary’s was a pioneering force in bringing eco-packaging options to Sysco a few years ago, including biodegradable carry-out containers and recycled paper products.  It’s just one more reason to “Eat, Drink and be… MARY!”

Rec Room turns Study Hall for “Pop Quiz!”

January 7th, 2010 | Posted in Chicago |

Hamburger Mary’s Chicago is excited to launch a new night of fun in Mary’s Rec Room… “Pop Quiz! Trivia” every Tuesday, starting tonight!  So bring your smartest friends and play as a team. It’s free to play and loads of fun.  We’ll give away a round of shots after each round of questions, and the winning team at the end of the night will win great prizes!
Hosted by Quizmaster Keven Pipkens (aka: Teri Yaki, only as a real boy).  Pop Quiz! starts at 8pm, so get here early to grab a table!

Check out a review of Mary’s “Pop Quiz!” on Chicago-Hearts-Trivia … CLICK HERE.