Buffalo wings, brisket, cheesesteaks and sports headline at Burnzy’s Bar & Grill near Bethany Beach — the newest venture from owner and local restauranteur Matt Burns.
Taking over the space previously occupied by Turquoise in the Market Place at Sea Colony Burns and his team have completely renovated the space to turn it into what they’re hoping will become a staple of the area and hotspot for sports fans in Bethany Beach.
And with a completely revamped bar and dining area, bartenders and waitresses clad in a referee uniforms, and the walls lined with sports memorabilia, with an array of local teams represented, the atmosphere reflects that of the menu for locals and tourists alike.
“Everybody’s so excited for us to be here. They love the atmosphere,” Burns said of the renovations. “There was so much to do before we could even think about the theme, so it kind of happened as we were building it. I tried to do a classic sports theme throughout.”
Burns helped bring the Jetty Deli to the Bethany Beach boardwalk this summer, along with his wife, Jackie Burns, and Jetty business partner Robbie Bedell, who joins the team over at Burnzy’s as the head chef and brings along lifelong friend Russ Campbell as sous-chef.
“Robbie as a chef is amazing,” Burns said of the team. “He and Russ, as the sous-chef here — we three have grown up together, we’ve cooked with each other since we were teenagers, so we know each other’s cooking styles. It just works.”
So far, Burns and Bedell said, the most popular menu items have been the house-cooked and wood-block-carved Burnzy’s Texas Style Angus Brisket Sandwich served with house au ju, the hand-cut ribeye char-grilled cheesesteak and the Burnzy’s Par 3 Angus Burger. Burnzy’s Par 3 burgers are topped with Texas beef brisket and house pulled-pork and finished with Burnzy’s homemade slaw.
But like some of the dishes already becoming local favorites, there are a few others at Burnzy’s that you probably won’t find anywhere else — especially Burnsy’s Original Buffalo Wings.
“Our family’s originally from Buffalo. My great aunt was a bartender over at the Anchor Bar,” Jackie Burns explained of how they got the recipe for original buffalo wing. “It’s not just the sauce, it’s how the actual wing is prepared, too. Most wings are prepared one way. Ours are prepared a different way. When you come in and you taste the wings, you’ll taste the difference.”
“Everybody we’ve had have really enjoyed the wings,” added Bedell. “We’d like to tell you the process, but we can tell you that all the sauces are made in-house. Every single one we do, we follow the recipe from 65 years ago. We think it’s gonna be a mainstay.”
The menu also includes other options, including an assortment of house-made salads, fresh-made soups, a build-your-own Burnzy Burger to go along with Burnzy’s specialty burgers, sandwiches, entrees, appetizers and sides — but the most unique side option has to be the house-roasted Idaho baked potato toppers.
“Something nobody else does is we do a baked potato with any topping you want on it,” Burns explained. “If you want crab dip on it, you get crab dip. If you want chili on it, pulled pork, brisket, anything, and all of our options come as a side, too.”
At the bar, customers will find plenty of Burnzy’s specialty drinks, local brews on tap, in addition to all the domestic favorites, and even some of the newest brews on the market, including “The Best Damn Root Beer” on tap. But while Bedell and Campbell will take care of the menu, Burns put his focus on selecting his front-of-the-house staff, which is an area that he holds to a high standard.
“Staff means everything,” he explained. “I think, as far as any of this goes, we’re like a family here. We’re a real tight-knit group, and we like it that way. It’s nice to see everybody working together for the same goal. Everyone cares — it’s the difference.”
With an aim of being Bethany’s local “Sports Center,” if there’s a game playing, you can bet that Burnzy’s will be showing it. With 10 televisions, a 70-inch screen, the NFL Sunday Ticket, and individual sound speakers for each table, Burnzy’s is looking to have everyone represented — no matter what team they’re cheering for.
And anytime an NFL football game is playing, you can bet that it’s happy hour at the bar, which also gets under way from 1-6 p.m. daily, in additional to Friday- and Saturday-night drink specials.
“It’s kind of for everybody,” Burns said. “I don’t want people to feel like they have to dress up to come here by any means, but I want them to feel like they could.”
The restaurant is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. all winter long, as well, with big plans upcoming that include live music and entertainment, shuttles to the bar, car show weekends, pig roasts and much more.
“Living around here, born and raised here — I know it’s hard to find a place to go on a Monday or Tuesday when the wintertime comes, so I did that. I keep the food as top quality as I can keep it, prices as reasonable as I can keep them and provide a really nice atmosphere, and I think that’s all you can do,” said Burns.
“I want Burnzy’s to be something that people talk about when they go home. I want them to tell other people about the food, the staff, entertainment — everything.”
Burnzy’s Bar & Grill
Hours: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Happy Hour: 1- 6 p.m., daily
Location: 33544 Market Place, Bethany Beach