WAITE PARK -- A new locally owned restaurant is set to take your order in Waite Park beginning today.

When it comes to gourmet cooking Ken Rittmuller knows his stuff after being trained by a former saucier to the Queen of England. But ask him where his true passion for food lies and he will tell you.

"My heart is what I like to call peasant food, burgers, chili, hot dogs things like that," says Rittmuller

It's that same passion that led Ken, and his wife Tracy, to open World Burger Company in Waite Park.

"I thought, I have all this good food knowledge, let's apply it to a burger and make it more than just what you see all over the place," says Ken Rittmuller.

"In your menu you can get an Italian Burger, a Greek Burger, an Asian Burger, so you can pretty much travel the world right here in St. Cloud, "says Tracy Rittmuller

Rittmuller says the restaurant is the start of what hopes to one day become a chain. They plan to open six more restaurants in the St. Cloud area within the next two years.

"We want to be a restaurant that truly is a hospitality destination," says Tracy.

Along with world themed burgers, homemade buns and sauces, they also serve 100% certified Angus beef.

"Less than 8% of the beef in the world can legally be call certified Angus beef, it's that special," says Ken.

World Burger Company is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Sundial Village mall at 631 2nd Street South in Waite Park.


(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)