Burger Up has reopened with aching hearts but overwhelmed by the love and support of the 12south Community. After losing one of it’s founders, Michael Pontes this past weekend because of a self-inflicted gun shot, Burger Up closed it’s doors for a few days. While still mourning the loss of her husband, Miranda Pontes, decided the only way to celebrate his life was to re-open the doors and allow people to show their love for Michael, the restaurant and the 12south Community. The neighborhood of 12south is a tight-knit group, known for this kind of love and support in all situations. This instance is no different. Burger Up opened yesterday for lunch and was overwhelmed with customers and friends coming to show their support and condolences for such a sad loss. While no words can fully depict the emotion surrounding this event, Burger Up is a staple not only to the 12south community but also the Nashville Restaurant industry. We are grateful that Michael’s handprint will remain on our community. Our hearts and prayers are with all those involved and touched by this tragic situation.
“You see those trees in Burger Up. Mike Pontes, with Nick’s help, built all the tables and stools inside Burger Up – a true labor of love. Additional wood was sourced at Woodstock Vintage Lumber here in Nashville. And yes, that is where the name of the burger comes from, and it happens to be our best seller.” – Miranda Pontes