By Andrew Yourell
Lexie’s has landed in Durham.
On Friday, Lexie’s Joint opened a new location in Durham on Jenkins Court, taking over what used to be Mixteca. The burger and milkshake restaurant has popular locations in Portsmouth and Newington, as well as Newburyport, Massachusetts.
“Cannot even begin to thank all of you who came out today to check out our new spot and grabbed a bite to eat,” the restaurant posted on its Facebook page on Friday night.
Lexie’s was packed for most of the weekend, with groups of hungry students flocking to try out the new menu, which features three kinds of patties—beef, chicken and vegetarian black bean.
Durham proved too much for Lexie’s, however. The restaurant did not open on Sunday because the joint had run out of food after being crowded from opening to close on both Friday and Saturday.
“Heeeeeey Durham! You ate everything!! Literally,” Lexie’s Facebook page posted on Saturday night, before continuing that the restaurant would be closed on Sunday to restock in preparation for Thursday’s reopening.
Michelle Hastings, the operations manager for all Lexie’s locations, said that on Saturday alone the restaurant used nine flats of hamburger buns. Usually, she explained, 10 flats are enough for Lexie’s to make it through three days.
“We are very pleased with how we’ve been received in Durham,” Hastings said. “We couldn’t be happier.”
The Durham location marks Lexie’s first foray into the college demographic, and the early returns are promising, according to Hastings. The reason, she said, is simple.
“We sell phenomenal burgers at a reasonable price.”
Students in attendance seemed to agree with Hastings, and raved about the food before it ran out.
“My roommate had been telling me about it forever and was super pumped about [this] one coming to Durham,” sophomore Molly Riehs said. “The one in Portsmouth is always packed, but it’s worth the wait, and it seems Durham will be the same.”
Riehs and friends were at the restaurant on Friday for the grand opening, and sampled regular burgers, which they said were “wicked good.”
One of the other treats on the menu is the french fries for which Lexie’s is known. In addition to plain fries, the restaurant serves “Bistro Fries,” which come topped with herbed aioli, bacon, Parmesan cheese and herbs.
Danielle DellaPaolera and her friends recommended the fries on Saturday night, though the truffle fries had already run out by that point. Like Riehs, DellaPaolera has been to Lexie’s other locations, and was excited to hear about the opening.
“I live near Newburyport, Massachusetts, and I always go to the Lexie’s there. That’s why I’m really, really excited they’re opening one here,” she said. “It’s not a hassle to go to Portsmouth. It’s right here, walking distance.”
According to the company’s Facebook page, Lexie’s will open back up on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. and will resume normal business hours of 11:30-8:30 p.m. for the weekend.
“We PROMISE (sic) we will have enough to keep us cranking out the burgers the full 4 days,” the Lexie’s Facebook page reads.