Little Big Burger Gets Bigger

Budding indie burger mogel Micah Camden inks a deal for a third location in student-happy Eugene.

By Karen Brooks June 1, 2011

Curious eaters sneak a peek inside Little Big Burger on N Mississippi Avenue, opening this month.

Micah Camden is taking his reimagined soda fountain to school. The savvy burger maestro—whose Pearl District prototype for modernist fast food has been a runaway hit—just signed a deal to open his third Little Big Burger at Courtside, a new apartment building in Eugene, across the street from the new $200-million Matthew Knight Arena, and just blocks away from University dorms. Camden and fiance/business partner Katie Poppe were recruited to the space by Jonathan Ledesma and Tom Cody, who run the Portland-based projectpdx and call themselves "values driven real estate developers."

The offer came last week, coincidentally, the day after Camden and Poppe conducted a scouting mission in Eugene, a city prime for what LBB sells: good prices and good quality in a setting that feeds on eye-popping graphics and social media. It’s Burgerville for Now People, down to the truffle fries and two dozen canned beer brands stacked on shelves as though posing for a Warhol painting—and it’s growing fast.

LBB’s second location is set to open at 3753 N Mississippi Ave, waiting only for a liquor license and seats to arrive. Free burgers will be handed out on opening day, which is bound to be on short notice. Follow the action on

"I’m boldly taking burgers where Burgerville didn’t," says Camden. "I’m going to have a never-ending supply of customers and employees: as one year graduates, a new year begins."

Right now, Camden is doing the math…and looking like an A student.

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