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Friday, October 3, 2008

Tom Hurley and the Triangle Part Ways

posted by on October 3 at 15:27 PM

The $26 burger is no more at the Triangle Lounge, and its creator, Tom Hurley, is no longer involved with the Fremont bar and restaurant. Hurley first gained fame for his namesake French restaurant in Portland, which he closed at the beginning of this year; in an interview with The Oregonian, he blamed the closure on lingering effects of a 2004 protest against foie gras staged at Hurley’s. Hurley opened Coupage in Madrona in the fall of 2006; the signature menu item there was a pricey foie gras burger that met with praise instead of protests. After a number of staff changes (including the departure of the acclaimed opening chefs, who went on to open Wallingford’s Joule), Coupage shut down in August. It was reported that Hurley had purchased the Triangle a year ago, but it seems that the relationship was not so clear-cut, and it is now over.

At the Triangle recently, a server showed little remorse about the tandem departure of Hurley and the burger. Some choice words were deployed about the former, who was apparently not a big hit with the staff; as for the latter, the relief at no longer having to hear “a TWENTY-SIX DOLLAR burger!?” was evident. In the burger’s defense, it was meant for two and came with two beers (and did not involve foie). Mr. Hurley has not returned a call for comment.

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I went there once. I ordered a beer I've never had and didn't like it, so fuck that place.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 3, 2008 3:56 PM

That's actually not a terrible price for two beers and a burger meant for two. But the very idea of a burger meant for two is an abomination unto the Lord, or at least unto common decency.

Posted by Fnarf | October 3, 2008 4:07 PM

I have something you'll love, Fnarf. And it most certainly is an abomination unto common decency.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 3, 2008 4:18 PM

This story makes me happy for reasons I don't understand.

Posted by Ramdu | October 3, 2008 4:23 PM


I want one!

There was this one time i bought lean ground beef and decided to make hamburgers with it. I decided it need more fat so i had Mikki mash and massage butter into the burger meat until it was thoroughly mixed. They smoked like hell on the grill and were a bit crispy, but I loved them.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 3, 2008 4:31 PM

Those were the least tasty burgers I've ever made. They weren't bad, because I made them, but I wouldn't do that again. And Bellevue Ave didn't "have me" mash butter in, he pleaded with me to add butter.

Posted by Mikki | October 3, 2008 4:41 PM

Maybe the Jew will put it on his menu. You'd have to go to Bellingham tho.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 3, 2008 4:42 PM

Mikki sounds sensible to me. You don't need to do that to a burger.

Posted by Fnarf | October 3, 2008 4:46 PM

It was lean ground beef! IT NEEDED MORE FAT!

and of course mikki is sensible. Shes my better half.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 3, 2008 5:04 PM

Uh-oh, minus one million sensible points for you, Mikki.

Try putting a small pat of butter on it AFTER it's cooked.

Posted by Fnarf | October 3, 2008 5:08 PM

Thank you Fnarf. I suggested we buy more beef and use the lean beef for something else, I believe. Unfortunately now he wants another butter burger.

Posted by Mikki | October 3, 2008 5:16 PM

I had to indulge him, he wouldn't stop asking for butter mixed in! Trust me, it isn't something I'm proud of.

Posted by Mikki | October 3, 2008 5:18 PM

It tasted great though.

now go flaunt a bow tie to mrs fnarf.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 3, 2008 5:20 PM

hey, I blame poe for putting up that delicious picture

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 3, 2008 5:24 PM

Can't we just wrap a pork roast in bacon and call it a night?

Posted by Mikki | October 3, 2008 5:29 PM

Only if we can drizzle it with butter.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 3, 2008 5:30 PM

Why don't you just eat a stick of butter?

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 3, 2008 5:36 PM

Don't mind if I do!

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 3, 2008 5:47 PM

I'm going on a train! Choo-choo!

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 3, 2008 5:50 PM

Every time I try to put on a bow tie Mrs. Fnarf threatens to kick me in the balls until I take it off.

I've eaten a stick of butter before, on a dare.

Posted by Fnarf | October 3, 2008 6:02 PM

What if someone dared you to blow a guy?

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 3, 2008 6:04 PM

Is the penis covered in butter? We know he doesn't like ketchup with his weeners.

Posted by Fergie | October 3, 2008 6:13 PM

Been there, didn't do that. I've been dared to do just about everything, but a fellow has to pretend to have standards.

I drank bong water once.

Posted by Fnarf | October 3, 2008 8:00 PM

Fuck the burgers—the Triangle is the only place around there in which I actually enjoy getting drunk.

Posted by Grant Brissey | October 3, 2008 8:48 PM

FYI. Tom Hurley did not create the now-famous foie burger, Rachel Yang of Joule, formerly Coupage, did. He took the credit, fired her (after moving her all the way from Alan Ducasse in New York City), put it on his Portland menu, and tried to get famous with it. The rest is history.

Posted by sho | October 4, 2008 12:42 AM

The Triangle has some of the worst sub-frat lifeforms available for inspection in the city. Among my friends, it's actually known as "The Douche." Every guy in there on Saturday night has a popped collar, a pair of khakis, ample bling, spiked hair stinking of product, and a million sleazy pick-up lines.

Posted by Jay | October 4, 2008 2:17 PM

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