Michael Benoit has fond memories of growing up in California where family barbecues were a regular feature.
“Our dad loved cooking big burgers over an open flame,” he said. “We always loved that.”
A year after Benoit and his siblings arrived in Atlanta in 1991, they opened The Vortex, a funky bar in the basement of the Residence Inn on West Peachtree where food wasn’t the focus.
“But we didn’t want patrons to get too drunk and didn’t want them to leave if they got hungry,” Benoit said. “We thought burgers would be simple. In fact, in 1992, finding a high-quality burger in Atlanta was pretty difficult.”