Construction workers attend to the roof on the addition at Fred’s Parkview last week. The restaurant expects to close soon to finish both the addition and the renovations before reopening. (Photo by Jennifer Eisenbart)

By Jennifer Eisenbart

Staff writer

If you’ve been anywhere near downtown Burlington lately – and more importantly, had a craving for a burger – you will have noticed a little change.

Fred’s Parkview – a local restaurant that has boasted that it has “the world’s best burgers” now for 31 years – is in the process of a renovation.

When it is finished, the restaurant will have added 600 square feet of seating and put in a new kitchen – which, according to owner Fred Mabson, will allow the business to “gear it up” for larger crowds.

Construction started about a month ago, and Mabson expects to be finished by the middle of November.

He said the restaurant will have to close for 5-7 days when the old kitchen is ripped and replaced, and the renovations are finished.

“We probably won’t be to that point for another 2-3 weeks,” Mabson said.