We’re committed to your safety
For 22 years, Rainey Street Burgers owner Karen Robinson built a career as a Texas technological innovator. She’s managed the state’s technology needs during crisis relief efforts and was instrumental in launching the state’s official business web portal.
Rainey Street Burgers is adopting the highest standards to keep our employees and guests safe. When required, we’ll operate as a contactless, curbside take-out restaurant. Online ordering for take-out is available noon to 8 p.m. every day.
Safety and Sanitation Guidelines
We are following the highest of state safety standards and industry best practices.
Staff handwashing every 30 minutes and between customer interactions
Cleaning shared surfaces and bathrooms every 30 minutes
Tables thoroughly sanitized between guests
Thorough restaurant cleaning every night
Hand sanitizer and wipes readily available
Requesting guests and staff to socially distance
Masks and gloves worn by all staff members, with gloves changed regularly
A minimum of 6 feet between tables
Limited number of people in each party (including children)
Single-use paper menus
We encourage guests to use hand sanitizer after entering to ensure clean hands.
At Rainey Street Burgers, you can get your burger made to order and grab an ice-cold beer at a new casual neighborhood watering hole with a classic Austin vibe.
Rainey Street Burgers is the passion project of Karen Robinson and a few of her longtime Austin friends. Karen grew up in Houston, learning the ins and outs of the restaurant business from an early age. She helped out at her family’s famed Gaido’s Seafood Restaurant, oyster shucking, selling cigars, helping with the books, and serving as a hostess and expeditor.
Karen moved to Austin in 1976, when music was playing on every street corner and nightlife extended until sunrise. She was a part of the counterculture that created the “weird” Austin everyone talks about and an owner of the original Waterloo Ice House on Congress Avenue. When you visit Rainey Street Burgers, you’ll notice the walls are decked with vintage show posters, most designed by famed local artist Danny Garrett.
When Karen was raising her two small kids, her one night out each week was to go see the Thursday show at Waterloo. She caught the best of the legendary Austin music scene – from Uncle Walt’s Band to Townes Van Zandt and Marcia Ball. (let’s list the bands on the posters that get framed)
Rainey Street Burgers plans to continue the Austin music tradition. Keep a look out for brunch concerts someday soon, where Karen will get to pass the hat around for the band again. If you’re a part of a local jazz quartet or acoustic guitarist, give us a call!
Co-owner Kevin Stockwell is no stranger to the restaurant business either. Kevin’s been known to serve a mean fried chicken sandwich.
MEET OUR MOST
The Juicey Lucy
½ lb beef patty stuffed with cheddar cheese, brioche bun, butter lettuce, house-made pickles, onions, tomato, mayonnaise, house-cured and smoked bacon bourbon jam
ADD A FRIED EGG
When Rainey Street Burgers was under construction, a gentleman stopped by and asked for some work. We had a broom and a mess of a floor, so we settled on a fair price for a good cleaning. There was a small hiccup – our new friend needed a place to keep his pet chicken as he worked. We found a safe place in the back, and all was well.
In appreciation of this true Austin original, we’re adding a brunch special in his honor. On Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., just ask, and we’ll top your burger off with a fried egg for free. Here at Rainey Street Burgers, the chicken came before the egg.