By Daniel Paris
Over two years ago the Rangel family decided to make their dream of opening a high-quality burger place a reality. Greg and Belinda conducted years of research by sampling L.A. basin and local restaurants known for their burgers. Their son, Reuben, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, dreamed of opening a restaurant in which he could develop a menu using the freshest ingredients in an elevated combination.
During their research, the Rangel’s particularly enjoyed the personal attention to detail and customer satisfaction they found at family-run restaurants which further reinforced their decision to open in October 2019. Then, the shadow of the pandemic descended upon their and many other restaurants in the Coachella Valley. After a two-week closure, what would their future business look like? The pandemic wiped out many restaurants. Family-run businesses did better than most chain restaurants because of their will to succeeded. Gastro Grind found a way to make it all work aided by the enthusiastic support of their loyal customer base.
After the adjacent business shuttered, Gastro Grind expanded into the space effectively doubling their capacity for dining in. They plan to develop a small bar area upon issuing of a liquor license.
None of this happens without the high quality, reasonably priced food consistently served at Gastro Grind Burgers. The combination of freshly-ground meats and fresh ingredients give each burger and sandwich a real personality for customers to identify with.
Gastro Grind Burgers is a pandemic success story of a kind we need to hear (and taste) more during these interesting times.
Monday – Thursday – 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday – Saturday – 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday – 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
73850 CA-111 #B
Palm Desert, CA 92260