Retro Burger sets up shop in Arlington

On Retro Burger’s menu: The Rifleman burger, which is a peppered patty with provolone and sauteed mushrooms and onions
On Retro Burger’s menu: The Rifleman burger, which is a peppered patty with provolone and sauteed mushrooms and onionsPhotos by Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

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Bill Maund admits that relocating his popular Retro Burger & Ice Cream from the summer crowds of West Yarmouth to a spot just outside Arlington Center -- and going from a seasonal place to a year-round location -- is a “calculated risk.”

The burger competition around Boston has stiffened considerably, as franchises like Tasty Burger, Shake Shack, and Five Guys Burgers & Fries have joined homegrown UBurger and Flat Patties in adding occasional upscale touches to the classics. That’s exactly why Maund thinks the move is a good idea. His place isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel, er, patty. “Those [other places] are trying to be more clever, more unique than we are,” says Maund, an Arlington resident for 19 years who opened Retro in July.

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