A creative Cary burger shop known for its hard-to-find sodas is expanding into Raleigh with a new location.
The popular Corbett’s Burgers & Soda Bar will open a new location in the Wakefield Crossings shopping center off of New Falls of Neuse Road in North Raleigh. This will be the third Corbett’s location, following the original in Cary and a new one in Sanford, expected to open this month.
The new Raleigh Corbett’s looks to open in February, said owner and namesake Corbett Shope.
“We have a lot of customers in that area of the county who always ask us to open over there,” said Shope. “Whenever they come and visit us they said they wish they could stop by more, but Cary is on the other side of town.”
Shope opened the first Corbett’s in 2012 at 126 Kilmayne Rd. in Cary. Before getting into burgers, Shope had been a Chick-Fil-A general manager, but decided to open a restaurant he could run with his family.
“I just wanted a nice, family friendly atmosphere where I could work full time with my family and not be open on Sundays,” Shope said.
Corbett’s calls back to the early days of American burgers, with griddled patties on a flat top stove. Shope said the restaurant draws on the childhood memories of washing down a cheeseburger with a soda, a combination that never goes out of style.
“It’s a place for people to relax and it brings back memories of being a kid, which for most people are the easiest times,” Shope said. “We offer great burgers that are prepared well using fresh beef and we have bottled sodas from all over the country.”
That’s a bit of an understatement. Corbett’s has an encyclopedic offering of sodas, including a range of root beers, butterscotch soda from California and Ski Soda from the Midwest.
The Corbett’s menu features many of the classic burgers and hot dogs, but features some rare riffs of its own. One of the most popular flourishes is the Hot Dog Burger, which combines the two stars of the cookout, the hot dog and the hamburger, on one bun.
“We got that idea from a restaurant in California,” Shope said. “It looked good and we decided to try it here with our Carolina red dogs. It’s been an enormous hit; it’s a neat little combination, with the chili and grilled onions.”
The North Raleigh Corbett’s will be the brand’s biggest restaurant to date, at 2,700 square feet. For the fourth location, Shope said he’s looking to Fuquay-Varina, but likely won’t open until 2025.