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Bye bye Birk Burger

By: - July 22, 2022 8:06 am

The Matt Birk Burger has been replaced on the menu at Shamrocks in St. Paul. Reader submission.

The owners of St. Paul eateries Shamrocks and The Nook have renamed the former Matt Birk Burger, which boasts two patties and pepper cheese, into the more apolitical Double Stack Pepperjack Burger, a manager confirmed Thursday.

“We’ve gotten a barrage of phone calls over Matt Birk, and it’s certainly stirred a lot up,” said Dan Casper, general manager of Shamrocks.

Recently surfaced video showed Birk claiming that by encouraging women to work, American culture is also promoting abortion. He compared legal abortion to slavery, and dismissed a rape exemption to abortion bans by saying “two wrongs is … not gonna make it right.”

His comments have reached Vanity Fair and “The View.”

Casper said the two bars still love Birk and appreciate his support over the years, and they called him to give him a heads up.

The Nook is across the street from Cretin-Derham Hall, the Catholic school from which Birk graduated in 1994.

Casper said they want customers to know they can come to the bars without worrying about anyone’s politics.

“Come out and eat at Shamrocks and don’t worry about left and right politics — just come out and eat,” Casper implored customers.

The loss of the eponymous sandwich is perhaps the most high-profile sandwich naming incident since the “Larry David” — sable, whitefish, capers, onions and cream cheese — was changed to the “Richard Lewis” under suspicious circumstances in season five of the HBO show “Curb your Enthusiasm.”

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J. Patrick Coolican
J. Patrick Coolican

J. Patrick Coolican is Editor-in-Chief of Minnesota Reformer. Previously, he was a Capitol reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune for five years, after a Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan and time at the Las Vegas Sun, Seattle Times and a few other stops along the way. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and two young children