Bun B‘s Trill Burgers has officially found itself a permanent home in Houston thanks to the launch of a new brick and mortar restaurant.
On Wednesday (December 14), the legendary UGK rapper announced his smashburger concept has chosen the location for its first brick and mortar restaurant and will open by early 2023.
Located in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston, the 3,236-square-foot building features a drive-thru and was formerly home to one of Houston’s longest-running James Coney Island locations.
“It’s been a long time coming, not just for us, but for anybody that’s had a Trill Burger or wanted a Trill Burger and couldn’t get one,” Bun B said in a statement. “We’ve been working hard to find the right location to make it as easily accessible to as many people as possible. I think we found that location, and we can’t wait to open these doors to the city of Houston and eventually the world
Launched in Houston in 2021 with a series of pop-ups, Trill Burgers was crowned “best burger in America” by Good Morning America this past July. It’s also received celebrity co-signs among the likes of James Harden, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss and more – with the latter noting that the burgers are “like a Dr. Dre beat.”
“It’s like a Dr. Dre beat, mixed with Preemo, mixed with Jesus Christ,” Kiss said while at the Trill Mealz Food Court at LL COOL J’s Rock The Bells Festival over the summer. “The best in the world. They ain’t just boosting my brother up, this shit is amazing. I can’t even front, it’s incredible. I don’t need nothing to drink it’s crazy!”
The Houston icon recently sat down with HipHopDX to discuss how he ended up in the burger business as a long-time foodie.
“I’m a big boy, so I’ve always been a fan of food,” Bun B explained. “A friend of mine and I started a food blog a little more than 10 years ago called You Got To Eat This, my friend Premium Pete from Brooklyn. We met in other things, but we bonded over food. And so even locally, in the city, I’ve been a big proponent of food trucks and trying to direct people to different great places to eat.”
He went on to explain how Houston has become such an international culinary destination, and it’s partly because of this that he inevitably entered into the game himself.
“Eventually I was like, ‘Well, I definitely would like to move into the food business, but I’ve got to find something that makes sense.’ And so the burgers being presented to me was something that was very easy to execute, very easy to scale up.”
Keeping busy on the music side of things as well, Bun recently reunited with Statik Selektah to release their second collaborative album, Trillstatik 2, which arrived last Friday (December 8).