July 18, 2017 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, FL - Ready to take their better burger to new heights, Burger 21®, an award-winning “beyond the better burger” fast casual franchise, announced today that the brand’s first airport location at the Tampa International Airport in Airside A is open and serving guests.
“Burger 21 began in Tampa so we’re very excited to provide a chef-inspired meal option to travelers visiting the airport and give guests a taste of what Tampa has to offer,” said Mark Johnston, president and co-founder of Burger 21®. “This is a great opportunity for us to share our food with guests who haven’t experienced Burger 21 before and we’re happy to offer a unique and high-quality meal to travelers.”
Burger 21® plans to open a second location in Airside C later this year as the brand continues to elevate the better burger experience. The airport locations will feature a limited menu including breakfast items and popular existing menu items that guests currently enjoy at existing locations.
The Tampa-based fast casual offers a chef-inspired menu with 21 unique burger options; 10 made from 100 percent Certified Angus Beef® and 10 non-beef options including chicken, seafood, turkey and veggie burgers. Part of its unique culture, Burger 21® also offers a different featured burger and shake as burger number 21 on the menu. The extensive menu also includes hand-breaded chicken tenders, gourmet hot dogs, fresh salads and hand-crafted shakes.
Recognition for Burger 21® includes being named one of the 10 best franchises to buy in 2017, winning the “Better Burger” category of the Franchise Times Zor Awards. The brand has also been named Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top New Franchises and Restaurant Business’ 50 Fastest-Growing Small Restaurant Chains of 2016. Additionally, the company has been ranked on Fast Casual's Top 100 “Movers and Shakers” for the last four consecutive years, while Burger 21® Founder and President Mark Johnston was acknowledged as one of Fast Casual’s “Top 25 People” of 2014 for his strategic leadership in the brand’s growth and development. Burger 21® also was named one of QSR's "Best Franchise Deals” of 2014.
For more information on Burger 21®, please visit burger21.com and follow Burger 21® on Facebook and Instagram and Twitter.
With 21 locations now open in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and Virginia, and approximately 15 in development in 11 states, Burger 21® is a “beyond the better burger” fast casual franchise concept founded in 2010. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, 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 $196,670 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.
SOURCE Burger 21®