July 24, 2017 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, Fla. - Burger 21®, an award-winning “beyond the better burger” fast casual franchise, today announced its expansion into New Mexico with the addition of an Albuquerque location set to open this October. The growing brand now has 22 open locations and 15 in development across 11 states.
“We’re excited to be in Albuquerque and look forward to sharing our better burger experience and diverse menu with new guests,” said Mark Johnston, co-founder and president of Burger 21®. “Burger lovers in Albuquerque will soon have 21 different burgers to choose from as we continue to grow across the U.S. and raise the bar for our industry so that everyone can find their favorites.”
The new location is in the Winrock Town Center at 2100 Louisiana Boulevard in Albuquerque. The restaurant is 2,500 square feet with an additional 800 square feet of outdoor patio space and is owned by Chris Zalesiak.
The Tampa-based fast casual offers guests one of the most diverse chef-inspired menus in the country with a variety of beef and non-beef burger creations including the Loaded Spud, Tex-Mex Haystack, Chicken Parmesan and Spicy Thai Shrimp burger. Additionally, all Burger 21® locations offer fresh salads, hand-crafted shakes, hand-breaded chicken tenders, a sauce bar with 10 sauces, 5 unique to Burger 21®, and a variety of gluten free options.
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 five consecutive years, while Burger 21® Founder and President Mark Johnstonwas 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 ofQSR's "Best Franchise Deals” of 2014.
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With 22 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®