CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc., parent company of Carl’s Jr., announced it will open the doors to its first freestanding drive-thru restaurant in Queensland, located in Redbank Plains on the outskirts of Brisbane, on January 18.

The restaurant is operated by the Bansal Group, a leading family-owned retailer with a large range of food-based business ventures, and it’s the first of an expected 20 Carl’s Jr. restaurants that the group has earmarked for Queensland.

This announcement marks the global burger chain’s continued successful expansion in Australia after impressive openings in Bateau Bay, which ranked in the top five international franchise openings for CKE, and most recently in South Australia, where the brand just opened its second restaurant.

Queensland natives will now be able to enjoy affordable, handmade menu items including 100 percent Angus Beef Thickburgers, Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders, Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Shakes as well as high-quality breakfast sandwiches, premium coffee and desserts from Carl’s Jr.’s iconic California-influenced menu. For those that want to stick to their New Year’s resolutions, there are low carb alternatives with any Carl’s Jr. sandwich or burger available in a lettuce wrap.

“Australia is a priority market for our brand and we are thrilled to welcome the Bansal Group into the Carl’s Jr. franchise family,” says Ned Lyerly, president, International at CKE Restaurants. “Their entrepreneurial spirit and passion for our brand will greatly contribute to our success as they develop restaurants throughout Queensland and partner with our existing franchise community to satisfy Australian consumers’ demand for a superior burger experience.”

Bansal Group owner, Vishal Bansal, says the group is honoured to work with Carl’s Jr. to bring their best-in-class menu items and customer service to Queensland.

“Not only is this global burger chain always pushing the envelope when it comes to innovative menu items like their Western Bacon Cheeseburger and Portobello Mushroom Thickburger, but like us, they are also extremely dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and delivering fresh, high-quality food. The brand clearly fills a gap in the market for a premium quality burger experience at the price and convenience of fast food.”

The new restaurant in Redbank Plains will be one of the first Carl’s Jr. locations to showcase brand new interior design elements featuring strong urban and industrial flair that complements the authentic food-centered customer experience that Carl’s Jr. offers.

Don’t miss the Redbank Plains Grand Opening on January 18 from 8:30am as The Bansal Group is sweetening the deal for one lucky group. The first 50 people through the door will eat free for a whole year.

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