BurgerFi, one of the most rapidly growing, fast-casual chains in America, has announced two new development agreements for the Texas market. In separate deals with SM Restaurant Partners LLC and Fresh Burger LLC, 18 restaurants are planned for Dallas and the surrounding areas.
“BurgerFi fits a food culture that is perfect for the Dallas area as customers everywhere are holding restaurants to higher quality standards,” says CEO Corey Winograd. “They want clean, natural food. They want to dine in a restaurant that reflects their own values, such as sustainability, low energy costs, and recycling programs. This is where the future of the burger business is headed. We’re excited about our growth in other Texas cities like San Antonio, Austin, and Houston, and we are thrilled to bring our unique product to Dallas.”
Winograd adds, “We have established a reputation for strategic growth and believe that both SM Restaurant Partners LLC and Fresh Burger LLC have the genuine passion, industry experience, and deep infrastructure to expand BurgerFi’s presence in Texas.”
SM Restaurant Partners LLC is led by Steve and Bebee Milam; and Fresh Burger LLC, by Justin Sharbutt. Both groups represent highly experienced multiunit operators of well-regarded, national restaurant brands.
“Americans everywhere want the great taste of all-natural beef and they want it in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere,” says Steve Milam, founder, SM Restaurant Group. “We are excited to align with the best in the business in BurgerFi and we can’t wait to see our vision come to fruition.”
“We are honored to be selected by BurgerFi to assist in expanding its presence in the state of Texas,” says Justin Sharbutt, CEO, Fresh Burger LLC. “We look forward to bringing the fresh, all natural, hormone-free concept to Dallas and replicating the success the brand has already enjoyed nationwide.”
BurgerFi is on track to have more than 100 restaurants operating by the first quarter of 2016, including international locations in Mexico City, Panama, and London.