Black Tap is now open in the capital city of Riyadh.
Any Dubai foodie worth their salt has sampled the gargantuan burgers and crazyshakes that have made Black Tap Insta-famous, so it was only a matter of time until the craze headed west to Riyadh, where the dining scene is evolving by the day. Sunset Hospitality Group and MJS Holding have announced the opening of the New York burger joint’s first outpost in Saudi Arabia, taking up residence in the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD).
The Riyadh location sports the vibrant New York ambience found in similar branches across the globe, complete with neon signs, graffiti art, grey bricks, and a graphic black-and-white floor – not to mention its mouth-watering food and trendy playlist.
The casual eatery offers an array of burgers that are not only delicious, but have also made Black Tap one of the world’s most Instagrammable burger joints. The selection ranges from the classic American cheeseburgers like The Texan (a beef patty with cheddar cheese, a crispy onion ring, and mayo) to more inventive options, such as one featuring arugula, buttermilk dill and blue cheese. Chicken sandwiches and wings are also available, as are a range of sides and starters – french fries and loaded options included. In addition, there is a dedicated Crazyshake station where customers can see how those mega shakes are created.
As for the interiors of Black Tap Riyadh? The upscale diner was designed by award-winning designer Noriyoshi Muramatsu of Tokyo-based atelier, Studio Glitt. Incidentally, his legacy is filled with world-class eateries, from Zuma in Hong Kong to ROKA in Mayfair, among others. With 10,000 cassettes, 2,500 VHS tapes, over 140 sneakers, and 500 audio decks, boomboxes, and speakers masterminded into the design, Muramatsu has created a space that’s guaranteed to make a resounding impression.
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia tops our list when looking at Middle East expansion plans,” says Antonio Gonzalez, CEO of Sunset Hospitality Group. “The country’s food and beverage industry is the largest in the region, so our partnership with MJS Holding, under Mohammed Jawa’s leadership, will help us tap this significant market. Their invaluable knowledge and experience are a great tool in further strengthening and solidifying our presence in the region. We are delighted to enter this partnership and introduce Black Tap to Riyadh’s more than eight million residents, particularly the youth population who continue to become increasingly open to Western consumer trends.”