The Senator Theatre is getting a burger joint

Clark Burger, specializing in burgers, frites and poutine, will open this fall at the Senator Theatre. (Steve Ruark / Baltimore Sun Media Group photo / October 10, 2013)

A burger restaurant will open this fall at the Senator Theatre.

The full-service eatery, Clark Burger, will be operated by James Clark, a bartender and manager at Little Havana, a popular waterside restaurant and bar on Key Highway. Little Havana partners Marc Gentile and Scott Donnelly are backing Clark in the Senator venture, but they won't be involved in the restaurant's operations, according to Gentile.

Owned by the father-and-daughter team of James "Buzz" Cusack and Kathleen Cusack Lyon, the Senator theater reopened last fall after 18 months of renovations to the original auditorium and lobby and the addition of three smaller screens in adjoining buildings and the annexing of former commercial property on York Road for use as a restaurant.

Clark Burger will occupy a former commercial property adjacent to the historic theater, Lyon said. The restaurant will have its own entrance on York Road, and there will be no direct access from it into the theater’s lobby.

The Clark Burger menu will specialize in burgers, frites with dipping sauces and the beloved Canadian treat known as poutine, which are french fries topped with gravy and cheese curds.

The Clark Burger operators will also run a full-service bar in the theater's lobby.