How Happy Pie Co. is Helping the World One Pie at a Time

Happy Pie Co.

A good pie can change the world. No, really. Hear us out.

aIt’s a universally accepted fact that life is hard sometimes. But no doubt you’ve heard the saying “easy as pie.” Well, it stands to reason that a slice or two can be just the thing to make life a little better.

That’s why we are thrilled to announce Grub’s latest project, Happy Pie Co. Since every Grub Burger Bar already sports an in-house bakery where we bake our fresh breads and buns daily, we’re also perfectly set up to start dishing out delicious pies.

So that’s what we’re doing. Baking pies. But, we should point out, we’re baking with a mission — to spread happiness through amazing pies, connecting good vibes between people.

And because we believe in giving back to the communities and neighborhoods that have given us such a warm welcome over the past few years, we’re also baking for good causes. For each one of our Chocolate Pecan Pies that we sell through Dec. 31, we’ll donate $5 to the Children’s Cancer Research Fund, the Boot Campaign and other local charities. And, for every pie you purchase, we’ll give you a $10 Grub Burger Bar voucher.

Our goal is to raise $250,000 through the end of 2017, with the aim of writing checks to those organizations that make life a little easier for others in our community as soon as the calendar flips to 2018.

So you see? A little pie can be a great thing. You can grab one in stores or order online, and we’ll deliver to your home or office. Your pie is waiting for you. With the holidays nearly here, now’s the perfect time to place your order. It’s the season of giving, after all, so treat yourself and give back to some awesome charities, one pie at a time.

How to get your Halloween treat at Grub

Halloween

Double, double toil and Grubble. Yes, that’s the sound your stomach makes when you’re hungry for Grub. It’s Halloween, and we are really feeling it. The costumes, the candy, “The Monster Mash” on an endless loop – we’ve assembled all the ingredients for a spooktacular good time.

And because we know a thing or two about ingredients – we use only the finest for our chef-inspired burgers, bowls, salads and shakes – we’d like to offer a couple of hints for how to celebrate Halloween in true Grub style.

Late night is just right at Grub Burger Bar. Right now, you can get any draft beer and burger for just $10 after 8 p.m. This is no trick. Get the Bacon Love #9 (Applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes and secret sauce #9) and a bracingly cold lager for $10. Or try the Lockhart Legend (Applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, Dr Pepper BBQ sauce, two onion rings and sliced dill pickles) and a wickedly hopped IPA for just 10 bucks. The Scorpion (pepper jack cheese, Trinidad Morgua scorpion sauce, grilled jalapeños, lettuce and tomato) and a darker-than-midnight craft porter? You guessed it: 10 smackeroos. We can think of no better reason to spend some Hamiltons.

And for a treat, try one of our devilishly delicious handcrafted shakes on for size. The Worms & Dirt (crushed Oreos and gummy worms) or the ET Shake (Reeses Pieces, peanut butter, chocolate and a peanut butter cookie) are decadent, delightful and the perfect capper to an evening of trick-or-treating. For a 21-and-over variation, try the Tipsy Worms & Dirt and the ET Drunk Dial. They use the same recipes as their tamer counterparts, only with the addition of chocolate vodka. You’re welcome.

Trick or treat yo self! Happy Halloween from Grub Burger Bar!

Grub Gives Back!

At Grub Burger Bar, we recognize how much we get from the communities in which we’re located. That’s why we’re excited to have the opportunity to give back to the community through our ‘Grub Gives Back‘ campaign!

With the start of the new school year upon us, we’re offering plenty of opportunities for schools and student organizations to bring in some cash while enjoying some delicious food.

The program is simple: when you sign up, your organization receives a percentage of an order’s profits every time a Grub diner mentions your school or program at check-out.

A ‘Grub Gives Back’ initiative can last a day, a week or even a month. It’s a great way to raise money for athletic departments — let’s be real: the mascot could use a new uniform — fund a specific cause (such as new computers), save up for a class trip or aid a family, student or teacher in need.

Care to make things interesting? Set up a competition with the crosstown rivals. All you have to do to get the ball rolling is to get in touch with the manager at your local Grub.

And we’ve got other ways to make back-to-school tasty.

For example, you might enlist your local Grub Burger Bar to host or participate in special events such as a teacher/administration happy hour, PTA kick-off celebration, a meet-the-teacher reception or a summer reading program awards ceremony.

Grub also offers food sampling for activities such as school picnics or field days, as well as the first day of school and the last day of school before holidays or the school year.

Or consider making Grub donation items, such as gift cards or feast certificates, available during carnivals and fundraisers. Really, can you think of a better silent auction item?

Feasts also make for an excellent classroom incentive. Forget about dangling a carrot in front of your students — try dangling a delicious burger and side of fries in the form of a gift card.

For fun educational activities, don’t hesitate to call on your local Grub Burger Bar. We can provide kitchen tours for culinary students interested in learning about bread-making and menu breakdown. We also can incorporate vital Grub stats into real-world lesson plans. For example, kids can learn about geography by studying all our locations. Or they can learn about math by adding up sales receipts.

And don’t forget to send us an invite for career day. We’d love to talk about what it takes to work in this fast-paced and exciting environment.

So what are you waiting for? Give us a buzz and let’s work out some way for Grub to Give Back!

Back to School with Grub Burger Bar

The days of scented markers and cartoon character-emblazoned lunch boxes might be far behind you, but there’s still something special about the first day of school. Call us sentimental, but this time of year has us yearning for freshly sharpened No. 2 pencils and Trapper Keepers. In lieu of satisfying those weird cravings, Grub Burger Bar is ready to help you ring the new school year in… well, if not in style, then at least in delicious fashion.

First, let’s talk after-school snacks. Through Sept. 3, we’re running a 2-for-1 deal on shakes every day from 2 to 5 p.m. Who would bring in for a free shake? That cutie from Chemistry 101? Your through-thick-and-thin BFF? That tough history professor you’re hoping to win over? Or would you go solo and save the second in the freezer for your next all-nighter? Hey, we won’t judge.

Because we know student budgets aren’t exactly generous, we’re offering a burger and beer special through Sept. 3 as well. Between the hours of 8 p.m. and close, pick any burger and beer and make a combo for just 10 bucks. We did the math (it’s not calculus or anything) and found that there are more than 150 possible combinations to choose from, which means you have ample opportunity to get creative — but you’ll want to hurry, as this deal will last for only a limited time.

Don’t forget to use our GrubLove app to save both money and time this semester. Every time you scan a receipt you rack up rewards points redeemable for free Grub. You also can use the app to order ahead. Smart? Well, you might not zoom to the head of the class, but you will advance to the front of the line.

And because Grub Burger Bar believes in giving back, we’re happy to partner with student organizations and other nonprofits. Contact your local store manager to find out how we can make something magic happen through our Profit Sharing program.

Here’s to an excellent school year!

25 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Grub

So you think you know Grub Burger Bar. You have your favorite burger and shake. You’re always up on the seasonal specials. You take full advantage of the Grub Love appBut there’s a lot more to the Grub than meets the eye. Here are 25 fun facts you never knew about Grub Burger Bar!

  1. What’s in a name? Ours came from a cookbook our founder saw on display in a bookstore while on vacation with his family.

  2. Hello, Mr. Popular. The Mac ‘N’ Cheeseburger has been our most frequently featured market burger.

  3. We got the name for our Jive Turkey burger from the 1983 comedy “Trading Places.”

  4. We’re a pretty chill place to work. Case in point: Nine employees have been with us since Day 1 of our opening in March 2012.

  5. Going against the grain? We have gluten-free buns available, and many of our menu items (such as our sweet potato fries, chorizo queso and some of our salads) are naturally gluten-free.

  6. We’re inspired by the best of the best. Our Lockhart Legend burger is named after is named after the city of Lockhart, which is the BBQ capital of Texas.


  7. Sometimes things change. Our original Hippie Chick burger had a portabella mushroom pattie.

  8. Staying true to our roots, our headquarters is located down the road from the original Grub Burger Bar in College Station, TX.

  9. Some might call us saucy. That’s because we have more than 14 sauces and dressings we make ourselves from scratch.

  10. What’s on tap? Well, that depends on location and season, but all stores carry Shiner Bock so they can make our Shiner Bock beer-battered onion rings.

  11. All of our stores have wooden 2x4s somewhere in their design. Have fun counting them!

  12. Everyone has a nerdy side. Our chef, for example, competed in Excel sheet competitions in high school. He is so good with Excel, his nickname is the Excel Wizard.

  13. We’re perfectionists. It took us nine times to get our Bacon Love secret sauce right, which is why it’s named “Secret Sauce #9.”

  14. Sometimes it’s the simple things. Of all our spiked shakes, the Bourbon & Caramel is the most popular.

  15. You know what we said about being perfectionists? Well, we used to have straight-cut sweet potato fries, but then we realized the waffle cut is just way better. You’re welcome.

  16. Say what? Our Guacapotle™  is pronounced guac-a-POLT-lay.

  17. Hey, we’re open to suggestions. We thought we had our guac recipe down pat when we opened, but one of our kitchen guys, Arturo, made a few tweaks here and there and made it even better.

  18. Remember the iPod? Our restaurant playlists are inspired by what our founder had on his iPod.

  19. The doctor is in the house! No, really. Whenever we make decisions, we ask ourselves, “What would Dr. Seuss do?”

  20. There’s just something about the South. Our first store outside of Texas was in Atlanta, GA.

  21. Grub go Bragh. We love taking part in the Dallas St. Patty’s Day Parade on Greenville Avenue, where you can find us cooking burgers and pouring beer. Keep an eye out for us. We’re the ones wearing green.

  22. OK, so we like movies. The name for our You’re My Boy Blue burger came from the 2003 comedy “Old School.”

  23. Hey, bartender. Every Grub has a full bar that includes top-shelf liquor, craft beer, wine and more.

  24. No growing pains here. Since we first opened up shop five years ago, we’ve expanded to 18 stores in seven different states — and we’re looking to add more.

  25. This is what it’s all about: Grub stands for Good people, Real food, Unique vibe and Big flavors.

The Healthier Side of Grub Burger Bar

Summer’s on its way, and the supermarket tabloids are already running their who’s-who list of best beach bods. If those airbrushed photos are reminding you that it’s been awhile since you’ve hit the gym, worry not. You don’t have to live on kale juice in order to lighten up.

Lucky for you, Grub Burger Bar has so much more than burgers and shakes. Here’s a look at some of our healthier options.

Hippie Chickpea Burger

Ready for Meatless Monday (or Tuesday, or Wednesday…)? We’ve got you covered. We make our Hippie Chickpea patties with ground chickpeas and eggplant and serve them topped with roasted red pepper mayo, roasted red bell peppers, arugula, red onions, goat cheese and tabbouleh, all on a wheat bun.

Salmon Filet Bowl

Don’t tell the kids, but we found Dory. This high-protein bowl includes wild Alaskan salmon filet, chopped bacon, black bean and corn medley, lettuce, campari tomatoes, sprouts, queso fresco and ancho lime vinaigrette.

California Chicken Bowl

For a taste of the West Coast, this bowl combines grilled chicken breast, chopped bacon, black bean and corn medley, lettuce, campari tomatoes, sprouts, queso fresco and ancho lime vinaigrette.

Brussels Sprouts

If you haven’t had these lean, mean greens since the last time your mom bribed you to eat them, then it’s time to give ours a try. This tasty side features roasted Brussels sprouts tossed in ancho lime vinaigrette and topped with queso fresco.

Black Bean & Charred Corn Medley

Not a salad person? Try this on for size: black beans and charred corn with red onion, tomato, cilantro, jalapeño and fresh lime juice. It’s the perfect Tex meets Mex situation.

Tabbouleh

Our version of this Middle Eastern fave gets its fresh flavor from chopped mint and parsley, bulgur wheat, tomatoes, cucumber and lemon juice. It’s delicious on its own or as a topping.

Check out these and more of our lighter menu options at grubburgerbar.com.

Cheers to 5 years of Grub Burger Bar!

Grub Burger Bar is like our baby, and on Saturday, March 4, our baby is turning 5 years old! We’re so excited about this milestone that we’re giving away tons of cool stuff all week to celebrate. We recently sat down with Jeff Click, the managing partner of our College Station location, to hear his reflections about the past five years and learn more about what’s to come.

Jeff has been with Grub Burger Bar ever since it was just a twinkle in owner Jimmy Loup’s eye. In the beginning, Jeff had no idea that he’d become such a big part of the team, but he eventually went from his job in event planning to advising Jimmy on locations for the very first Grub Burger Bar. The rest is, as they say, history.

“You can go to a bunch of restaurants and get a burger and fries,” Jeff says, but it’s Grub’s fun, laid-back and creative atmosphere that’s really worth celebrating. He credits this positive atmosphere to the great people Grub employs. From the cooks and dishwashers to the servers and bartenders, each and every person at Grub Burger Bar contributes to the good vibes that are obvious to anyone who walks through our doors.

Since we’re only turning 5 this year, it’s safe to say we still have a lot to look forward to, including opening up new locations all across the country. In the future, Jeff hopes to see more growth for the employees who have been here from the start. He’s also looking forward to celebrating this milestone with the people he works closely with every day. (He’s particularly excited for the birthday hats.)

Come on out to visit us this weekend and say cheers to 5 years!