B-52 Burgers and Brew nibbles national fame

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Inver Grove Heights restaurant to appear on Travel Channel's "Food Paradise"

Brandon Bramscher is not one for cameras.

But the B-52 Burgers and Brew co-owner was thrust in front of multiple lenses on St. Patrick's Day, as the crew for the Travel Channel's "Food Paradise" show took over the Inver Grove Heights restaurant, capturing his burgers deemed worthy of national attention.

"It took a lot of takes," Bramscher said with a chuckle. "It was a long, grueling day for someone who doesn't like to be in front of the camera too much.

"It was a lot more grueling than I thought it would be."

B-52's monstrous M.O.A.B. (Mother of All Burgers) stars in the episode titled "Hamburger Paradise 3." The show is taking another look at America's best burgers, from a chili cheeseburger in Los Angeles to the Grease Beast burger with two bacon and grilled cheese sandwiches used as buns in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The crew interviewed B-52 customers and filmed two guests taking on the M.O.A.B. challenge: Scarf down the two pounds of burger on a 15-inch French loaf stacked high with two eggs, barbecue pork and onion tanglers. Uff da.

Months later, B-52, which South St. Paul native and National Guardsman Mark Reese co-owns, is hosting a viewing party at 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 29 for the show featuring B-52's M.O.A.B., Juicy Lucy and Bar Food Burger prepared by Bramscher himself.

"We're anxious to see it," Bramscher said. "They took a long time to make sure that the food looked perfect for the shoot."

The party is at B-52 Burgers and Brew at 5639 Bishop Ave., off of Highway 52 and Upper 55th Street next to the movie theater.

Like every Tuesday, there will be free bacon at 8 p.m., and bingo from 7 p.m. until the "Food Paradise" episode airs at 9 p.m. All are welcome.

--Kaitlyn Roby

Curious about the M.O.A.B. challenge? Check out B-52's video of some brave local eaters:

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