Harborne restaurant known for ‘best burgers’ reopens as customers say ‘shame’

A burger restaurant once revered as having “the best burgers in Birmingham” has been rebranded as a chicken wing chain. The Bun and Barrel has been revamped and is now a branch of Wingers, which also has chicken shops in Birmingham International station, in Wolverhampton and in Lichfield, Worcester and other locations in the region.

Wingers Taproom, as the restaurant is now known, is the first “taproom” concept for Wingers, which says it has a reputation as “the chicken wing company.” Bobby Nahal, who took over the Bun and Barrel with partners after it announced it would be put up for sale in January, told BirminghamLive at the time that there were no plans to change the restaurant.

However, after four months, Bobby announced that Bun and Barrel had become a branch of Wingers, with co-owner TJ Choongh telling customers “a rebrand was always on the cards” on the Harborne Community Facebook page.

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Wingers is a franchise that was created by brothers Amran and Dylan Sunner and their father Bill during the Covid-19 pandemic. He announced in December that he had has signed a 30-store development deal for West London and the Thames Valley to expand outside the Midlands.

Bobby told the community on the Harborne community Facebook group: “Wingers has launched its 11th venue in Harborne but the first with a full bar, pool and sports. Welcome to Wingers Taproom, open starting today (May 16).”

Feedback was mixed on the announcement. Emma Smizz Armstrong tagged a friend saying: “Found our next date!” and Anne E James added: “He’ll have to show up and see the changes.”

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