October 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, Fla. – Burger 21®, a new better burger franchise founded by the owners of The Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc. franchise company based in Tampa, Fla., announced today its second restaurant in Arizona will open in Chandler on Nov. 3 at 2855 W. Ray Road. 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.
The new restaurant is locally-owned and operated by current Burger 21 franchisee Dan Lenhauser, who opened the brand's first western U.S. restaurant located in Scottsdale earlier this year. Lenhauser is a seasoned multi-unit Subway franchisee with more than 15 years of experience in the Phoenix market
"I'm thrilled to expand Burger 21's presence in Arizona with the opening of the new Chandler location," said Lenhauser. "Burger 21 has a unique culture and a diverse menu that appeals to a wide array of guests. We have already built a loyal following at the Scottsdale location and I have no doubt that the Chandler community will also love our gourmet burgers without the gourmet price."
Burger 21 Chandler features 21 unique, chef-inspired burger creations, hand-crafted signature shakes, gourmet hot dogs, hand-breaded chicken tenders and fresh salads served in a contemporary-style diner atmosphere with fast, high-touch service.
Highlights of Burger 21 Chandler include:
With the opening of the Chandler location, Burger 21 will have 15 restaurants open and more than 20 franchised locations in development across the country.
"We're delighted to build our presence in the western United States with the opening of our Chandler location and will remain committed to our expansion efforts in the market," said Mark Johnston, Burger 21 president. "Given the early success of Burger 21's first restaurant in Arizona, we aim to develop an additional 10 units in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area over the next several years."
The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Sunday. To learn more about Burger 21 Chandler, please call the restaurant at 480-899-0781 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.
Burger 21 was named one of QSR's "Best Franchise Deals" and also earned the No. 5 ranking in Fast Casual's Top 100 "Movers and Shakers" of 2014, up from No. 22 the prior year. Additionally, Burger 21 President Mark Johnston was acknowledged as one of the "Top 25 People" for his continued strategic leadership in the growth and development of the brand. Last year, the franchise's gluten-free menu received the No. 1 ranking in the "Top 10 Menu Innovations" category.
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 $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 $422,083 – $974,395. 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 development manager for Burger 21, at 813-425-6252 or visit http://www.burger21franchise.com.
With 15 locations open in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Virginia, and more than 20 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 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. 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.
Front Burner Brands 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 130 locations in North America and more than 20 locations currently in development, Burger 21 with 15 locations open in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Virginia, and more than 20 in development in seven states, and GrillSmith with five locations in the Tampa Bay area. For more information, visit http://www.frontburnerbrands.com.
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