Elevation Burger to open Bangor location


Elevation Burger’s Augusta location is shown in this pre-opening photo.


Fans of upscale fast food in the greater Bangor area are getting a new option for their burger and fries fix. Elevation Burger plans to open its fourth Maine location on Stillwater Avenue in Bangor — perhaps as soon as the holiday season.

Elevation Burger recently signed a lease for a space in the newly-constructed retail center at 461 Stillwater Avenue in Bangor, confirmed franchise co-owner Mark Caron on Wednesday. They’ll be designing and constructing the restaurant in an approximately 2,450 square foot end slot in the coming months.

“We may be having a drive-thru,” said Caron. It would be one of the first drive-thrus for Elevation Burger.

Elevation Burger makes custom-made sandwiches, allowing customers to choose from toppings like oven-glazed mushrooms, hot pepper relish and Elevation sauce to create a customized burger. The chain also serves salads, shakes, malts, chicken and more.

“We’re just a little healthier take on the typical burger,” said Caron. The restaurant uses organic grass-fed beef, organic, cage-free chicken and organic bacon in their sandwich creations. They also use fresh produce, cut their own veggies and cook their hand-cut fries in olive oil.

At its heart though, Caron says they are a burger joint serving affordable food. Single burgers cost $4.50, while doubles are $6.25.

“It’s still burgers and fries — it’s a great burger and great fry,” said Caron.

Just when can you try your own personalized burger at the new Bangor location?

“Best case scenario: the holiday season. I think that’s a long shot,” said Caron. “We have to get plans made, we have to get permitted and built. … I am not sure how fast the wheels move up in Bangor.”

The Bangor location will join current Maine locations in South Portland, Portland and Augusta.

Caron said that Bangor has “been on our radar for two to three years.”

“We were looking at Augusta and Bangor at the same time and we ended up finding a place in Augusta first,” said Caron.

That location opened in March with what Caron said “was our strongest opening.”

Sarah Walker Caron

About Sarah Walker Caron

Sarah Walker Caron is editor of Bangor Metro magazine and senior features editor for the Bangor Daily News. She is the author of "The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook," (Sept. 2018, Rockridge Press) and the co-author of "Grains as Mains: Modern Recipes Using Ancient Grains" (March 2015, DK). Her recipes have appeared in the BDN, Betty Crocker publications, Glamour.com and more. She also writes about food at www.sarahscucinabella.com.