THE ALEX CARR BURGER IS UNVEILED AT LEO’S DELI IN WEST BRIGHTON AND 50 ESSENTIAL WORKERS GET FREE BURGERS EVERY THURSDAY IN MAY
There’s a new burger in town and it’s called the Alex Carr. The tall, juicy sandwich is only available at Leo’s Deli in West Brighton, across the street from Blessed Sacrament Church.
Made of Pat LaFrieda Beef, the luscious short-rib burger beckons meat lovers with bacon, cheddar, avocado, fried eggs, caramelized onions, and chipotle mayo.
Hungry yet? I mean, come, on! Grade A prime rib AND fried eggs? Make mine over easy!
And oh yeah, in case you didn’t know (I know I didn’t; thank you Google), Pat LaFrieda is America’s premier meat purveyor, specializing in Grade A prime beef brisket, filet mignon from all Black Angus steers, raised on small, family owned farms.
Staten Islander Alex Carr works at the Staten Island Zoo, where he is the long-time zookeeper and current zoo maintainer, and has fast become a household name for his philanthropy, along with his long-time partner and now husband, legendary Z-100 radio personality, Elvis Duran, of Elvis Duran and the Morning Show.
Together, Carr and Duran have donated millions to various charities on Staten Island and beyond, including the SIUH Florina Cancer Center, the Pride Center of Staten Island, and the Staten Island Zoo, among countless others.
“Alex is very much supportive of our neighborhood where his grandmother owned the bar across the street from Leo’s Deli, which is now Doc Hennigan’s,” said Leo Balaj, owner of Leo’s Deli’s.
“When I told Alex I’d name a sandwich after him, he said he wanted to pay it forward, by treating front liners and essential workers.”
For each Thursday in May, which started on May 14, Carr is treating essential employees to an Alex Carr burger, totaling 150 burgers, through May 28. Limit one per customer. Leo’s Deli is located at 1153 Forest Avenue, and is open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Last Thursday’s response was overwhelming, and we expect the same tomorrow and Thursday, May 28. We are so grateful to Alex and Elvis.”
Carr said he is humbled to be able to help out front liners during the coronavirus health crisis.
“I was so honored when Leo reached out to me because his deli has always been a special place to me,” said Carr. “My grandma Emily owned Emily’s Keyboard located diagonal from Leo’s, which at the time was Phil’s Deli.