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Cottonwood Mall Welcomes Upscale Burgers and Shakes as Newest Addition

Cottonwood Mall Welcomes Upscale Burgers and Shakes as Newest Addition

Local eatery with handcrafted gourmet burgers and shakes now open to guests at Cottonwood Mall


Albuquerque, NM (July 20, 2021) – Cottonwood Mall welcomes Upscale Burgers and Shakes as the newest addition to the town center’s diverse selection of options for guests. Although owners James and Megan Garrigan are no strangers to running a restaurant, this is their first endeavor into a full-service lunch and dinner spot. In 2020, they were looking for ways to increase takeout sales from their Rio Rancho breakfast spot, Lily and Liam Bistro. So, they started Upscale Burgers & Shakes as a virtual restaurant serving evening to-go orders out of the bistro’s kitchen. In early 2021, they decided to make the transition to a brick-and-mortar space for Upscale, and on July 12 they officially opened up in Cottonwood Mall.


“Our guests are always changing and evolving, and at Cottonwood Mall we want to be able to offer them today’s top trends including local dining destinations,” said Debra Sherman, General Manager, Cottonwood Mall. “We are looking forward to welcoming guests to Upscale Burgers and Shakes.


The Garrigans are looking to continue serving the fresh, homemade food they have been known to prepare. “At the bistro we make everything from scratch, so we applied that to Upscale as well,” explained James. “We make everything including the buns, the desserts, the shakes, even down to the ice cream, all from scratch.” Moreover, they are committed to providing a workplace that is both safe and fun, and a place where everyone can enjoy going to work. “We really care about taking care of our employees and making sure they’re all successful,” said James. “That’s a linchpin in our business.”


As Megan put it, “this new setup is so much more streamlined, the kitchen was built for this.” Getting to establish Upscale in the location they are in now was actually quite meaningful to James, who is also the head chef. “I used to work at the Johnny Rockets here, in this same spot in the mall, so that’s been pretty special.”


Cottonwood Mall’s newest dining option will enhance the town center’s variety of notable retail locations to offer guests the most dynamic shopping and dining experience. This is just one example of Cottonwood Mall’s ongoing commitment to creating a true town center where community members can safely shop, dine, and connect.  


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About Cottonwood Mall

Cottonwood Mall is Albuquerque’s family-friendly shopping destination with more than 130 retail, dining and entertainment options. Featuring a state-of-the-art dog park offering agility courses, solar powered charging stations and a self-dog washing station. Shoppers have the opportunity to enjoy exclusive retailers, including Build-a-Bear Workshop, Grayskull Toys and Collectibles and New Mexico Look, plus other popular stores. Cottonwood Mall has a variety of quick-casual and full-service eateries such as BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Upscale Burgers and Shakes, The Paleta Bar and Potato Corner.