Burger 21

Burger 21 Gears Up to Open first Unit in Western U.S

Burger 21, a better-burger franchise founded by the owners of The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc., announced its first restaurant in the western U.S. will open in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Monday, July 21. To celebrate with the community, the first 100 guests to visit the restaurant on opening day will receive a free Burger 21 t-shirt, and all guests will have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a free tailgate grill.

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Despite the research and years of experience that went into creating Burger 21, the concept’s president has been surprised by one aspect of the business: the brand’s broad consumer appeal.

“The amazing thing we didn’t predict was so many parties coming in with three generations,” says Mark Johnston, chief concept officer of Front Burner Brands and president of Burger 21. “Kids, parents, and grandparents all find something they love.”

Burger 21 Targets Phoenix for Franchise Expansion

Burger 21, a better-burger franchise founded by the owners of The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc., announced it plans to expand in the Phoenix market with future franchise development. The company currently has two Arizona locations in development in Scottsdale and Chandler, both expected to open later this year. To date, Burger 21 has 12 open locations and 18 franchised restaurants in development across the country.

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Burger 21's Black Bean Burger includes lettuce, tomato, red onion, salsa, avocado, sun-dried tomato aioli, and cilantro cream on a toasted whole-wheat bun.

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Burger 21 Celebrates First South Florida Store

Burger 21, a new burger franchise founded by the owners of The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc., has announced the opening of its first restaurant in Davie, Florida. This location is one of four units to be developed in Broward County over the next several years. Currently, Burger 21 has 12 restaurants open and 20 franchised locations in development across the U.S.

 

Burger 21 Ends 2013 with Same-Store Sales Growth

Burger 21, a better-burger franchise founded by the owners of The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc., announced strong growth in 2013 with eight new franchise agreements signed to develop 14 units as part of its aggressive growth strategy to bring its burgers and shakes to more cities across the country. The average unit volume increased from $1.47 million to $1.75 million, a 19-percent increase over last year. Additionally, the company reported a 2.6-percent same-stores sales increase for its first two company-owned restaurants in Tampa, Florida.

Burger 21 Opens First Restaurant in Virginia

Burger 21 announced the opening of its first restaurant in Ashburn, Virginia, located at 43800 Central Station Drive. This location is one of four units to be developed in the greater Washington, D.C., area over the next several years. Currently, Burger 21 has 11 restaurants open and 17 franchised locations in development across the U.S.

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