Roam Artisan Burgers, a collection of fine casual dining destinations, has opened its newest location in downtown San Mateo, the company’s first restaurant on the San Francisco Peninsula and fourth in California. The newly built restaurant offers delicious burgers, sides, shakes and sodas crafted from fresh, quality ingredients that have been carefully sourced from a select group of purveyors. Launching at the downtown San Mateo location is a new Roam menu item: a salmon burger, made with wild Coho salmon. The new restaurant joins two other locations in San Francisco and one in Lafayette, Calif.
Roam was founded in 2010 on the desire to serve great-tasting, nutrient-rich food at reasonable prices. Founders Joshua Spiegelman and Lynn Gorfinkle are entrepreneurs with a passion for wonderful food and sustainability. Their mission in creating Roam is to enhance people’s lives through better eating. Spiegelman and Gorfinkle are part of pioneering the new and growing segment of better-for-you fast-casual dining establishments.
“We are thrilled to open our newest restaurant in downtown San Mateo,” says Spiegelman. “This is a special community and we look forward to providing a great dining experience for anyone looking to enjoy a quick, affordable, nutritious, and delicious meal.”
Roam is committed to utilizing sustainable meats and produce, as well as other high-quality ingredients on its menu, which begins with 100 percent grass-fed beef, free-range turkey, all-natural bison, an organic veggie burger, and wild Coho salmon, which is premiering at the new downtown San Mateo location. The customizable burgers and sides pair perfectly with Roam’s lineup of Straus Family Creamery shakes, house-made sodas, wine and kombucha on tap, and local brews.
Conscious of the environment, the Roam team consulted with PG&E’s Food Service Technology Center (FSTC) on the kitchen build out for the new location. The downtown San Mateo restaurant was built with power-conscious LED lighting, environmentally-sound fixtures and equipment and reclaimed wood. Roam is focused on composting and recycling, including ingredient-related reuse which allows the restaurant’s fry oil to be transformed into bio-fuel.
Designing Roam’s interior at the new San Mateo location was a collaborative effort between the team at Roam and Arcanum Architecture, a San Francisco-based architecture and design firm. The space was built to create a rustic, natural farmhouse vibe that reflects the values of the company’s partners and purveyors. A cedar communal table that seats 18 people anchors the dining room, which features a mix of stainless steel, red accent stools, banquette seating and a chandelier fashioned from Straus Family Creamery milk bottles.
Roam Artisan Burgers in downtown San Mateo, located at 246 South B Street, is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Parking is available at Main Street Garage located at 360 Main Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenue).