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The Hawaiian BBQ salmon burger ($9.99) is one of the gourmet burgers on the menu at Happy Bites Burger in Tinley Park. It and features coconut caramelized pineapple, fresh avocado, lettuce, fresh cilantro, pickles, jalapeño and Swiss cheese. Thomas Czaja/22nd Century Media
Tom Czaja, Contributing Editor
12:39 pm CDT October 2, 2017

When regular customer Michael Garren began to strike up conservations with Charlie Patel at the tobacco shops where he worked in Tinley Park, they often focused on Patel’s dream to open a restaurant.

The two became fast friends, and Patel told Garren he envisioned opening a restaurant that sold beef and hot dogs. But Garren suggested Patel shift the signature item of the future restaurant to gourmet burgers — something not as prevalent in the community.