Skaptoburger is a working man’s/gal’s dream. Winner of the coveted King Burger Price for 2015 & 2016 it offers some of the finest burgers & beers in town.

Originally opened as a place to bring the Graduates from the American University in Blagoevgrad who live and work in Sofia (AUBG) together! The name stems from a play on the ancient Thracian name of Blagoevgrad – “SkaptoPara” (“skapto” means upper, local and “para” meaning meeting point) Skaptoburger is now an established artisan burger and beer restaurant that will overwhelm your sense. Although the burgers are not cheap they are priceless when you factor in value for money.

Address: Tsar Ivan Shishman No. 20  Phone: (+359) 877 888-688)

On the black -and- white sign a smiley burger tells you it wants to be inside you. Inside the restaurant, you can fulfill its desire by ordering one of the burgers from the menu. Then you just have to enjoy your stay in “Skaptoburger”. What is the history of the restaurant and how can you prepare a burger? Blagoi Birchov, operative manager of the restaurants for gourmet burgers “Skaptoburger” and “Skaptobara”, reveals everything you should know.

Q:  For how long have you worked in the food business?

A:  I’ve been working in this field for 12 years. I’ve been a manager for 10 years. I  started working for the restaurants “Skaptoburger and “Skaptobara” 8 months ago, and I am responsible for all of the operational activities, connected to the restaurants. At this moment, I am working towards developing the business and opening new places.

Q: What is the idea behind the creation of “Skaptoburger”?

A: The first restaurant opened 6 years ago as a place where the students from the American University could meet, drink beer and eat the typical American burgers in a nice and comfy atmosphere. Gradually, it became so popular, that many citizens of Sofia and tourists started visiting it. This led to the opening of the second restaurant “Skaptoburger”, which is located on “Tsar Shishman” street. Now we have 4 restaurant, one of them is in Plovdiv.

Q:  From where do you get your inspiration for the burgers’ recipes?

A:  Our bosses have spent a lot of time abroad, especially in the USA, where they gained experience and ideas, that they put in the first menu. In our restaurants, we have always encouraged our colleagues that have ideas for new recipes. We have a specialist who creates the recipes and takes care of the quality of the food in all of our restaurants.

Q:  From where do you take the products for the burgers?

A:  We use chilled veal and chicken meat. The vegetables are supplied every morning and the bread is kneaded and baked during the night, hours before the start of the working day. Part of our philosophy is to work only with fresh products in order for our clients to get high-quality food

Q:  Do you have a favorite burger from the menu?

A: I change my taste very often. However, there are three main things that are important for the final result – taste, look, and uniqueness. Every month we have new proposals, which combine these three elements. We also have vegetarian burgers and soon we will have a new menu.

Q: How do you prepare the skaptoburgers?

A: We do it with desire and care. We use brioche which we bake with butter. After that, we add our special burger sauce. We put freshly cut iceberg lettuce, tomato, and onion. We add the product to the veal with some English Cheddar cheese and bacon.

Q: Do you take part in different activities?

A: Everyone who works here knows the responsibility we have. We realize that the ideas we support and the messages we send through ads and social media influence our clients. So, this is the reason we try to participate in activities, that are similar to our concept and support key values and causes, important for the society and the time, we are living in.