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Waynesburger working out 'kinks' before grand opening

August 31, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The scent of french fries hangs in the air when you walk toward the corner of West Main and Potomac streets in Waynesboro.

Peter Galifianakis and Salomon Contreras wanted to quietly open their new restaurant, Waynesburger, last week. But it's hard to keep a secret when food is being served near oversized windows at what is possibly the town's busiest intersection.

"The responses are overwhelming. We see the same faces every day and are seeing new ones, too," Galifianakis said.

The men wanted a low-key start to the business in hopes of addressing equipment problems and speed of service. Galifianakis said they've given out a lot of samples and complimentary meals for that reason.

"We're looking to iron out all the kinks in our work," he said.

Once he's fixed the "kinks" and the sidewalk outside is rebuilt, the restaurant will host a grand opening. Galifianakis predicted it will be a three-hour evening event with all-you-can-eat offers.

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"We're not going to let anyone leave here unsatisfied," Galifianakis said.

Waynesburger's menu includes gyros, topping-loaded hot dogs, salads and more than 50 varieties of milkshakes, including pomegranate and M&M. The restaurant's namesake is a hamburger prepared in the style of Galifianakis' native Greece.

Contreras and 10 employees make the burgers and their sauces. The french fries are cut by hand.

Before the restaurant opened, Galifianakis heard remarks about its lack of designated parking spaces. Customers so far haven't said anything, he said.

Galifianakis said he'd like people to think about how far they walk when parking at a mall, and he promised to give them a couple of coins for a parking meter if necessary.

Initially, the hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

"We'll stay open 24 hours if we see a need," Galifianakis said with a laugh.

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