Dallas Shaw, owner of Hoss’ Loaded Burgers, the popular food truck turned brick-and-mortar restaurant, strategically peeled off a forgotten strip of tape left on the wall after a fresh paint job at the burger joint’s new location in Nolensville.
He then polished a scuff mark from the shiny, marble-swirl-patterned concrete floor, a scuff unbeknownst to most naked eyes.
Shaw, 36, has a keen eye for detail.
“I am a perfectionist, and I guess you could say a little OCD,” he said, a few days before customers poured through the doors of its Burkitt Commons location for its Feb. 4 opening day.
One could only conclude that the seemingly messy burgers oozing with cheese have a sort of well-planned and executed structure to them.
And they do. Modeled after a “Juicy Lucy” burger he saw on a foodie TV channel, the Hoss Loaded burgers feature two beef patties with a mound of cheese (of various kinds) placed between, resulting in a massive molten, mouthwatering burger.
“You can’t find it anywhere else around here,” Shaw said.
A burger connoisseur, Shaw said he got the idea for his original food truck when he realized that the Nashville area did not offer “Juicy Lucy” style burgers. Plus, after spending some time in the corporate world, he wanted to expand his creativity and use the business skills he developed while earning a master’s degree in business administration.
Shaw’s carefully constructed burgers and pristine restaurant are reflective of his business operation — streamlined and efficient with well-trained workers. Plus, Shaw said, he is dedicated to giving back locally.
He has hired several high school students from throughout Williamson County to staff the eatery, and 60 percent of his workers live in the local area.
After running the food truck for the past 7½ years as one of the pioneers in the food-truck craze in Nashville, Shaw said he is glad to have a permanent home in Nolensville in which to sell his burgers.
Plus, it’s convenient because he lives down the street. Instead of being mobile all of the time, Shaw said he is enjoying being a part of a community and is looking forward to getting to know Nolensville customers.
Aside from employing local workers, Shaw also serves beer, the “Landmark” brew, provided by Mill Creek Brewing Co. in Nolensville. He also uses beef from Porter Road Butcher in East Nashville and uses buns from Charpier’s Bakery in West Nashville.
“We are invested in Nolensville,” Shaw said about his wife Dana and their child, Rion, 1½. “The city has been welcoming of us, and it’s a nice place to live.”
Shaw said he believes the location will attract customers in the high-growth area.
A new addition to the menu at Hoss’ Loaded Burgers that Shaw is proud of is its frozen custard.
“I wanted to bring something different to this location,” Shaw said. “I wanted to offer the best, and that is frozen custard, made with the best fresh dairy. It’s creamier and thicker than ice cream.”
He said the custard is the perfect complement to the eatery’s signature burger, “The Hoss,” which is stuffed with cheddar and topped with Benton’s bacon, hickory BBQ sauce, onion crispers and cilantro.
Most of all, Shaw said if someone hasn’t tried a Juicy Lucy, eating at Hoss’ Loaded Burgers is an experience.
“It’s fun to watch people who have never had cheese in the Juicy Lucy give it a try for the first time and see the strings of cheese hanging,” he said.
The eatery also offers fries, onion rings, loaded baked potato salad and various seasonal burger offerings.
Hoss’ Loaded Burgers, at 515 Burkitt Commons Ave., is open 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 11 a.m.-
9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, visit HossBurgers.com or check out @hossburgers on Twitter.