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Aaron Brown and Marvin Johnson are hoping their new burger joint on East Princess Street in York City helps revitalize the block within sight of other Royal Square developments.

The duo opening Johnny's Burgers and Malts at 111 E. Princess St. mentioned getting a second trash can across the street, a crosswalk and planting more trees among support they desire from York City officials.

"I don't think the city is going to have a choice," Brown said. "(Our burgers) are going to draw a lot of traffic."

Brown and Johnson, both originally from Maryland, expect their stuffed burgers to give local patrons a new option.

"Nobody else stuffs burgers around here," Brown said. "It gives your taste buds a unique experience, like they're trying to figure out what you're eating."

Among planned burgers are the Raven Burger, which is stuffed with crab dip and shrimp; the Maryland Burger, which is stuffed with lump crab meat and seasoned on top; and the Philly Burger, which is stuffed with thinly sliced steak and Cheez Whiz.

The restaurant is slated to open March 1, but several tastings have generated enough positive feedback to move Johnny's up to No. 6 on Yelp's Top 10 Burgers in York, PA.

Brown and Johnson first got together on the idea of opening a restaurant in York in 2010 when they premiered at the York Fair, Johnson said.

"After that, we kind of let (the idea) fall on the back burner," Johnson said. "This time, we're not letting anything stop us."

Johnson, who previously worked at Snyder's, said he and Brown are opening the restaurant without the aid of loan.

"It was just a lot of overtime and hard work," he said.

Brown learned his hard-working quality from his father, Johnny, who died from cancer in 2011, he said.

"(My dad) always wanted to open a restaurant but never could," Brown said. "So we decided to name it after him because he was my inspiration."

Johnny's Burgers and Malts will also feature turkey burgers, veggie burgers and malt flavors including banana split, caramel apple pie and Oreo cookie.

Operating hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The restaurant seats 25 to 30 people with an upstairs banquet room for overflow seating, and Johnny's will include delivery options.

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com.

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