Gary Lawrence is back behind the grill. He sold Gary's Steak Out & Bar in June. Lawrence is the new owner of Big Bubba's Burgers in Allyn.
"I got my own deal again," Lawrence told me today. "Me and my wife run it."
As for the two heart attacks and "blood pressure to the moon" that prompted him to sell his steakhouse, Lawrence said, "I'm doing good. I got away from all that stress."
But big food followed him. In addition to refurbishing the 45-year-old burger shack on Highway 3, Lawrence added a 1-pound bacon burger ($7.99). That's not four quarter-pound patties – that's one 1-pound patty.
"I've got to keep my reputation," said Lawrence, whose Big Food reputation stretches back to his days cooking 10-egg omelets at the Sunriser, which preceded Gary's Steak Out on Tacoma's Sixth Avenue.
Quarter-pound burgers start at $2.99. The halibut fillet sandwich is $5.99.
Big Bubba's Burgers: 18471 E State Rte 3 Allyn; 360-275-6000. Winter hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays.