Legendary Miami Dolphins Coach Don Shula is celebrating the opening of the fifth Shula Burger location with a special appearance today. This new restaurant is in Kissimmee’s Rolling Oaks Plaza, off 192, on the Disney side of I-4.
Dolphins fans and food lovers alike can get a taste of Shula Burger’s menu and meet Coach Shula when he’s there from 12 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 13. Guests will have the chance to sample some of the coach’s favorite menu items and chat with Don Shula, Shula team members and new Kissimmee Shula Burger owner, Kevin Gowen.
“I’m thrilled to be bringing the Shula name and all it stands for to the greater Orlando area,” said Gowen, a lifelong Florida resident. “I loved watching Coach Shula on the sidelines as a kid and I am excited to join a Shula Burger team that possesses the same pillars of greatness as his Dolphins’ teams. We can’t wait to have coach at the store to welcome customers to Shula Burger this month as local fans get their first taste of our burgers.”
While the extensive Shula Burger menu has something for everyone, Gowen’s son and head chef Peter Ferrand were the brains behind one particular Kissimmee-specific menu addition, “The Big O.” Each Shula Burger location has its own specialty burger custom-built for the local residents and the Kissimmee location is no different. Gowen is confident that “The Big O,” a pulled pork topped burger masterpiece, is the right fit for Kissimmee’s new Shula Burger.
“The ‘Big O’ is a burger unique to the Kissimmee location,” said Gowen. “The burger is topped with pulled pork, barbecue sauce, orange coleslaw and an onion ring. It’s hard not to lick your fingers when you’re done with ‘The Big O.’”
The menu also features items like Coach Shula’s favorite, “The Don,” an all-American combination of a burger and a hotdog; the Wine Country burger topped with roasted peppers, fresh goat cheese, balsamic greens and roasted tomatoes; and Shula’s “Southwest” burger with roasted corn and black bean salsa, charred red onion, pepper jack cheese, topped with a delicious chipotle spread.
On the lighter side, the menu offers chicken breast sandwiches, veggie burgers and fresh green salads. Standout sides include sea salt and sweet potato fries and crispy onion rings.