Burger 21 Continues Expansion with Two New Multi-Unit Franchise Agreements in Florida

New Franchisees Will Develop Seven New Restaurants in Fort Myers - Naples Corridor and Southeast Florida 

TAMPA, Fla. - March 26, 2013 // PRNewswire // - Burger 21®, a new better burger franchise founded by the owners of The Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc., announced today the signing of two new multi-unit franchise agreements in Florida. Seven new restaurants will be developed over the next several years in the Fort Myers - Naples corridor, Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Davie and Pembroke Pines. The agreements are a result of Burger 21's aggressive expansion efforts to bring its crafted burgers and hand-dipped shakes to cities across the country. To date, Burger 21 has six restaurants open in Florida and 18 franchised locations in development along the East Coast.

"We're thrilled to continue our expansion in Florida and build a presence for the brand in the southern part of the state," said Mark Johnston , Burger 21 president and chief concept officer and president of Front Burner Brands, management company for Burger 21. "Burger 21 offers franchisees a unique investment opportunity, and we look forward to working closely with our new franchisees to help them realize the benefits of growing with Burger 21."

To further fuel Burger 21's national expansion, the company is actively seeking qualified franchisees and will host a live webinar on April 4 at 2 p.m. EDT. To register, or to learn more about franchising opportunities with Burger 21, please visit www.burger21franchise.com/events.aspx or contact Ashley Pollard , franchise sales associate for Burger 21, at 813-425-6252 or apollard@burger21.com.

Since launching its aggressive growth plan in Fall 2011, Burger 21 has signed franchise agreements with nine different entities in seven states to develop a total of 20 franchised units in cities along the East Coast from New York to Florida.

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 $500,000 and liquid assets of at least $200,000 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 $597,995 - $831,995. The initial franchise fee is $40,000; however, reduced franchise fees apply for Area Development Agreements of four or more units.

To learn more about ownership opportunities with Burger 21, contact Ashley Pollard , franchise sales associate for Burger 21, at 813-425-6252 or apollard@burger21.com or visit http://www.burger21franchise.com.

About Burger 21

With six locations open in Tampa Bay and Orlando, Fla., and 18 in development in seven states, Burger 21 is a "beyond the better burger" fast-casual franchise concept founded in 2010. Burger 21 is a chef-inspired brand with offerings including 21 unique burger and slider creations ranging from hand-crafted, freshly ground Certified Angus Beef® to chicken, turkey, shrimp and tuna burgers, made-to-order salads, all-beef hot dogs, hand-breaded chicken tenders and an extensive shake bar including hand-dipped shakes, floats and sundaes. Burger 21 is an affiliate of Front Burner Brands, a restaurant management company headquartered in Tampa, Fla. For more information, visit http://www.burger21.com.

About Front Burner Brands

Front Burner Brands (formerly known as TGS Restaurant Management) is a restaurant management company headquartered in Tampa, Fla. It is affiliated with the corporate owners of and its management services extended to The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., founded in 1975 with more than 135 locations in North America and more than 25 locations currently in development, Burger 21 with six locations open in Tampa Bay and Orlando, Fla., and 18 in development in seven states, GrillSmith with six locations in the Tampa Bay area and other new franchise concepts in development. For more information, visit http://www.frontburnerbrands.com.

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