Burger 21 Scouting Houston For Franchise Development

Award-Winning Fast Casual Chain Seeks Single- and Multi-Unit-Franchisees to Expand Brand Presence

TAMPA, Fla. - Aug. 24, 2015 // PRNewswire // - Burger 21®, an award-winning, "beyond the better burger" fast casual franchise, is targeting Houston for future restaurant sites and prospective franchisees. The Tampa, Fla.-based company currently has 16 locations open and more than 25 franchised units in development across the country with further plans for continued expansion.

As Burger 21 gears up to open its first Texas restaurants in Frisco and McAllen later this year, Houston is also one of several additional markets in The Lone Star State that represents an opportunity for its future development. The brand aims to develop additional locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio areas.

"Houston's dynamic dining scene represents a great opportunity for our brand's future expansion," said Mark Johnston, Burger 21 founder and president. "From our menu variety to our one-of-a-kind, featured burger and milkshake recipes, Burger 21's 'beyond the better burger' experience is a key differentiator between us and the competition. We look forward to the opening of our first Texas restaurants and bringing more of our chef-inspired burgers and hand-crafted shakes to Houston and additional cities across the state."

Burger 21 is actively seeking qualified franchisees to expand its national footprint in Texas and across the country. Those interested in development opportunities with the brand should visit burger21franchise.com/ApplyNow.aspx and register to receive access to an informational franchising webinar. For more information, please contact Ashley Sawyer, director of franchise development for Burger 21, at 813-327-7881 or asawyer@burger21.com or visit burger21franchise.com.

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.

SOURCE Burger 21

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Ellie Mannix
Fish Consulting
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