Burger 21 Cary Holding Food Drive for PORCH - Western Wake through Sept. 21

Award-Winning Fast Casual Chain to Donate 10% of Sales on Sept. 21 to Local Charity as Part of "B Charitable" Initiative

CARY, N.C. - Sept. 3, 2015 // PRNewswire // - Burger 21®, an award-winning, "beyond the better burger" fast casual franchise, is proud to announce its Cary, N.C. restaurant is holding a food drive for PORCH – WesternWake, a local non-profit organization that collects non-perishable food items for local families in need right here in Cary, Apex and Morrisville. Through Sept. 21, the restaurant will be accepting non-perishable goods for the local charity. Additionally, Burger 21 plans to donate 10 percent of sales on Sept. 21 to PORCH – WesternWake as part of its "B Charitable" initiative.

"We invite everyone in Cary to join us on the 21st of this month to raise money for PORCH – WesternWake, while enjoying our 'beyond the better burger' dining experience," said Burger 21 Cary franchisee Mitch Neal. "We also encourage the local community to donate non-perishable goods throughout September to help feed our neighbors in need. At Burger 21, we appreciate the opportunity to give back to the community by bringing local residents together for a great cause each and every month."

As part of the company's "B Charitable" initiative, each Burger 21 restaurant donates 10 percent of the day's sales to a local school or charity partner on the 21st of every month. To date, Burger 21 has provided more than $127,000 in contributions company-wide, demonstrating its strong commitment to the communities it serves.

Also on Sept. 21, Burger 21 Cary will introduce the month's featured burger and signature shake, the Bayou Burger and Salted Caramel Pretzel Shake. The burger creation features a homemade Andouille sausage and turkey burger topped with a skewer of blackened grilled shrimp, sriracha, and remoulade sauces, and the Salted Caramel Pretzel Shake is a blend of creamy vanilla ice cream, Ghirardelli® caramel sauce, Monin® Salted Caramel syrup and crunchy pretzel pieces. Both menu items will be available through Oct. 20.

In addition to offering guests a variety of chef-inspired beef and non-beef burger creations, like the Tex-Mex Haystack, Spicy Thai Shrimp, Black Bean and Mediterranean Chicken, the Cary location offers fresh salads, hand-crafted shakes, a gluten-free menu, as well as craft beer and wine by the glass.

The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday – Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Sunday. To learn more about Burger 21 Cary, please call the restaurant at 919-462-0900 or visit www.burger21.com. Follow Burger 21 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and join the B21 Club to receive the latest Burger 21 special offers and promotions delivered straight to your inbox.

Recognition for Burger 21 includes being named one of Fast Casual's Top 100 "Movers and Shakers" for the last three consecutive years. Additionally, Burger 21 President Mark Johnston was acknowledged as one of Fast Casual's "Top 25 People" of 2014 for his continued strategic leadership in the growth and development of the brand. Burger 21 also was named one of QSR's "Best Franchise Deals" of 2014.

As the brand continues to expand across the U.S., Burger 21 is seeking single- and multi-unit operators with restaurant experience to join its upscale fast casual dining concept. Franchisee candidates should have a minimum net worth of $600,000 and liquid assets of at least $250,000 per unit. Burger 21 will be developed through both single-unit agreements and Area Development Agreements. Depending on the real estate site selected, franchisees can expect the total investment for one restaurant to be approximately $422,083 – $974,395. The initial franchise fee is $40,000; however, reduced franchise fees apply for veterans, minorities and Area Development Agreements of four or more units.

To learn more about ownership opportunities with Burger 21, contact Ashley Sawyer, director of franchise development for Burger 21, at 813-327-7881 or asawyer@burger21.com or visit www.burger21franchise.com.

About Burger 21

With 16 locations now open in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Virginia, and more than 25 in development in seven states, Burger 21 is a "beyond the better burger" fast-casual franchise concept founded in 2010. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., Burger 21 is a chef-inspired brand with offerings including 21 unique burger creations ranging from hand-crafted, freshly ground Certified Angus Beef® to chicken, turkey, vegetarian, shrimp and tuna burgers, fresh salads, all-beef hot dogs, chicken tenders and an extensive shake bar including hand-crafted shakes, floats and sundaes. Since its inception, the company has provided more than $127,000 in contributions as part of its "B Charitable" initiative, in which it donates 10 percent of its restaurants' sales to local schools and charities on the 21st of each month. For more information, visit http://www.burger21.com.

PORCH – Western Wake

PORCH – Western Wake is a non-profit organization that collects non-perishable food items for local families in need in Cary, Apex and Morrisville, North Carolina. To learn about its mission, successes and activities to date, please visit www.porch-westernwake.org.

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