JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- From Jeffersonville, to Sellersburg, and on to New Albany, the opening of the Big Four Bridge started the ball rolling for a Southern Indiana restaurant owner.
Business has been as sizzling for Big 4 Burgers and Beer as much as the burgers have been on the hot grill in the kitchen.
Veteran restaurant owner Matt McMahan knows a good opportunity when he sees one. When he opened his restaurant and bar on Spring Street in Jeffersonville last December, he believed that the opening of the Big Four Bridge in May, a couple of blocks from his location, would almost guarantee success.
He was right on the money.
"The bridge opened and there was 25 percent growth in our business right away," says McMahan.
On Wednesday he opened a new restaurant on Highway 311 in Sellersburg called Charlie Nobels Eatery and Draft House.
"A guy approached us about doing a Big 4 burgers up there and we went and looked at it and to us it looked like a beach house, so there is nothing in this area like a 'cheeseburger in paradise' type restaurant, so we have the same burger but more of a natural seafood theme there."
McMahan is now planning to open a third restaurant, this one in New Albany at the old Southside Inn on Main Street in New Albany.
He says that new restaurant will also be called Big 4 Burgers and Beer.
"We just signed the lease on that, we just really love that iconic building where Southside was, I use to eat there with my grandmother and mom numerous times."
He hopes to have the New Albany location open by the first of the year, but there could be more such restaurants.
"Everybody asks me for a Big 4 in Louisville, says McMahan, "there may be some property over there that might become available, I am not sure, I am an Indiana guy and I know Indiana well, we seem to be doing fine here, we"ll just wait to see how things roll."
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