August 01, 2017 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, Fla. - A true testament to the impact businesses can have in their communities, Burger 21®, an award-winning “beyond the better burger” fast casual franchise, today announced it has surpassed $200,000 in donations to charities across the country through its “B Charitable” initiative. As part of the brand’s unique culture since inception, Burger 21® donates 10 percent of its restaurants' sales on the 21st of each month to schools, local charities and various causes to support the communities in which they operate.
“Since we opened our very first location it has always been important for us to give back as a brand and bring our local guests together each month for a terrific cause,” said Arlene Johnston, co-founder and concept development director of Burger 21®. “We’re very proud to have the opportunity to support our local communities all across the nation and are thrilled to be surpassing this $200,000 milestone in donations.”
Every month, each Burger 21® location chooses a meaningful cause in their specific community and names it the recipient of donations for that month. Every restaurant continues to make a difference in their communities as the chosen recipients change from month to month.
For the past seven years, Burger 21® has donated funds to various organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the National Breast Cancer Foundation, to name a few, demonstrating the strong commitment of Burger 21® to help others.
“Since we founded Burger 21 it was important for us to establish a unique culture of giving, and I’m proud that we’ve continued to highlight the importance of giving back and supporting the communities we serve,” said Mark Johnston, co-founder and president of Burger 21®. “It’s amazing to see what a difference our franchise locations are making in their local communities.”
In addition to monthly sales donations, Burger 21® franchise partners also collectively contribute over 1,000 volunteer hours each year. To learn more about Burger 21® ‘s “B Charitable” initiative visit https://www.burger21.com/charities/.
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 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 the latest special offers and promotions, download Burger 21’s “B Loyal” app from the Apple App Store or Google Play, and upon download guests will become eligible to receive a free Cheesy Burger. For more information on Burger 21®, please visit burger21.com and follow Burger 21® on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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 $200,000 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.
SOURCE Burger 21®