Small Houston Craft Burger Business Jerry Built Shutters
It would seem like burgers made with local and organic ingredients would be an easy sell, but craft burger establishment Jerry Built shuttered this week. The tiny chain only had two locations: 10403 Katy Freeway in the Memorial area and the original at 3501 West Holcombe. Another location in The Woodlands closed earlier this year.
Houston Food Finder barbecue and meat columnist Scott Sandlin visited the original Jerry Built location during an exploration of Houston’s craft burger chains and was very impressed with the quality ingredients used, saying:
“Jerry Built provides fresh, organic ingredients, including sustainably-harvested seasonal produce from local and regional farms. Owner Chad Glauser says that they ‘can trace the source of the lettuce in the kitchen on any given day to the farm and even the row that it was picked from.’ The all-natural philosophy isn’t limited to the produce—Glauser proudly noted that ‘no multi-animal proteins are served.’ Jerry Built only serves pasture-raised beef and poultry that are free of added hormones, antibiotics, and nitrates. Burgers are flame-grilled, and hand-cut fries are cooked in 100-percent non-GMO sunflower oil.”
For those who care about food made with quality ingredients, Jerry Built’s closing is a loss. However, former general manager Brian Dolan says his biggest concern now is ensuring that their 50 employees are able to secure new jobs as soon as possible. For restaurants looking to hire, Dolan says to contact him at 281-433-8789.
Dolan declined to give us an official statement about the closing and instead referred us to owner Chad Glauser. We have left a message for Glauser and will update this article with a statement if we hear back.