Suren Shrestha is taking all of his big ideas for 206 Burger Company and finding the space to make them a reality in North Queen Anne.

Shreshtha came to the United States from Nepal in 2000, and went to Western Washington University to study to be a computer engineer. He ended up getting a job dishwashing, and then cooking at the school’s dining hall.

That’s where I found my passion making burgers,” he said.

After a five-year stint in Colorado, Shreshtha came back to Seattle, where he started a retail business in the U District in 2007.

I opened that right in the recession, so I had a very hard time,” he said.

While working at a Cash & Carry wholesale restaurant supply store, Shreshtha said he built a network in the food industry.

He opened Rain City Burgers in Ravenna with a business partner in 2010.

His first 206 Burger Company opened in a small space downtown at Third and Marion in 2014, after Shreshtha found a business owner wanting to sell. He opened his second spot in First Hill in 2017, also with the support of his family.

Shrestha said he’s always working with his broker to find new locations, and he’d had the opportunity to take the space at 101 Nickerson St. several years ago, but it didn’t have a kitchen then. Putting one in would have been too expensive.

Now, Shrestha has teamed up with his cousin to not only open a 206 Burger in the former Eat Thai Cuisine space, but he’s also taken over the space next door, which he’s building into a sports bar. He plans on opening the restaurant in mid-December, followed later by the sports bar.

I’m very much into sports,” Shrestha said, “and all the burgers I have in my restaurants are named after sports teams we have in Seattle.”

There are some simple burgers, but then there’s the Supersonics, Mariners, Sounders, Seahawks and Storm burgers, plus a Blue Masala Burger made with Indian spices. 206 Burger also serves breakfast all day and several sandwiches and salads.

The building where the Marion Food Court is located has long been planned for demolition and redevelopment, and the First Hill location is larger, but there’s only so much that can be done there, he said. It’s also less lively, he said, and so business slows down at night.

Shrestha expects his North Queen Anne outpost to benefit greatly from its proximity to Seattle Pacific University, and said he plans on offering a student discount.

And there’s parking.

You don’t get this kind of parking in Seattle,” Shrestha said, “there’s no chance.”

The bar side of things won’t have a full kitchen, so Shrestha plans on having the restaurant help serve folks on that side of the wall, and he plans on adding sliders, chicken wings and fried string beans for 206 Bar patrons.

I’m very much about bringing the customers the best product,” he said.

206 Burger has a large menu now, but Shrestha said his future plans in North Queen Anne involve scaling down to focus on quality, such as grinding his own meat.

He’s also working on improving his homemade veggie burger, which is his mother-in-law’s recipe and includes garbanzo beans, black lentils and moong dal.

Shrestha said he’d like to elevate his breakfast menu and offer a weekend brunch at his new 206 Burger spot down the road.

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