A look at Mooyah, which opens today

A “Mooyah style” burger

Today’s the first official day in business for Mooyah, a new hamburger chain operated by former KSN anchor Anthony Powell  and his wife that’s opening in the former Blockbuster spot at 352 S. West St.

I checked out Mooyah over the weekend, when Powell had the business up and running so that his employees could have a dress rehearsal. My first impressions of the place were good.

I tried a burger made “Mooyah style” with cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, grilled onions and “Mooyah sauce,” which was sort of like Thousand Island dressing.  It costs $5.25 and came with two patties and a whole bunch of melty cheese. Highly recommended.

Any parents out there will understand why this is an extra-nice feature at Mooyah.

I also tasted both the sweet potato fries and the regular fries but preferred the former, which tasted like dessert. The regular fries were good, too, but a bit too seasoned for my taste.

Diners walk in and fill out a burger ballot, instructing the kitchen exactly how they want their meal made, which is kind of fun. Also fun — the interior of the restaurant, which is filled with whimsical decor (light fixtures crafted out of old rulers) and a giant chalk board that will keep the kids occupied.

Mooyah’s hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For more information, call 316-558-5600.