MILTON — Santa Rosa County residents can now design their own burger at the Tin Cow in Pace.

Customers at the 5070 Highway 90 location can build their own burger with 13 proteins, 10 types of buns, 55 types of toppings and 32 sauces from which to choose.

For instance, a burger could feature pork rinds or even peanut butter and jelly.

The restaurant also features a variety of beverages and milkshakes, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.  

‘CLOSER TO HOME’

Tin Cow is not new to the Panhandle. A downtown Pensacola restaurant opened in 2012. A third Tin Cow location is in the works for Pensacola off Nine Mile Road.

Since the Pace restaurant’s Labor Day opening, Marketing Manager Renee Legree said feedback has been positive.

"Many guests are commenting saying that they are excited to have a location closer to their home with ample parking, and many have commented that they actually enjoy the venue better than the downtown (Pensacola) location," she said.

Seventy employees were hired to operate the business, Legree said, adding 90 percent of them are from Santa Rosa County.

And more locations — and jobs — could be on the way.

"We have looked at multiple South Santa Rosa County locations, but have not found the right location,” she said.

“As far as for further down the Florida Panhandle, we feel that this concept has legs, and are looking forward to a sustainable growth in the Southeast by corporate-owned restaurants as well as potential franchise opportunities.”

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

In addition to joining the Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce, the Pace location’s staffers seek to get involved with the community.

"Proceeds of both the Panther Burger and the Patriot Burger benefit their respective high schools, Pace High School and Milton High School," Legree said. "We want to incorporate a menu item that gives back at each of our locations, and we wanted to have fun with the Pace location and give back to the local schools’ athletics and student activities while incorporating some fun team rivalry. Our general manager, Miss Cassady Carter, looks forward to getting involved in the community and has recently been recruited by the Blackwater Pyrates."

In addition, the restaurant displays art from five local artists. Legree said locally created art will be available for sale during the restaurant’s grand opening, which is 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

The event, featuring a Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting, includes children's activities such as face painting, a bounce house, a giant slide and a climbing wall. Free kids’ hamburgers also will be available.