TAMPA -- Burger 21's introduction to Texas isn't even official yet, but new franchisees in the Lone Star State already are jumping onboard to bring the Tampa-based chain into their cities.
Burger 21 signed new franchise agreements for locations in Dallas and McAllen, according to a release. They would join restaurants already in development in Irving and Austin.
“These latest agreements demonstrate the strong potential growth for the brand in Texas,” said Burger 21 founder and President Mark Johnston, in a release. “We are pleased with the success that Burger 21 has already experienced in Texas, and optimistic about our future growth throughout the Midwest.”
The chain has 15 locations already opened in seven states, including eight in Florida. There are another 25 restaurants in development around the country, executives said, with future plans to bring 35 more to Texas alone.
Fernando Solloa, Pablo Kuri and Jose Cavazos will partner to open the Burger 21 location in McAllen, a city in the southern-most area of Texas, about 250 miles south of San Antonio. The partners already own a franchise of Rodizio Grill, a Brazilian steakhouse chain with 15 locations in 11 states.
“We are confident that the brand will be well-received by local residents, and look forward to opening additional locations in South Texas over the next several years,” Solloa said in a release.
Wade and Parisa Googe will open the other Burger 21 in the Dallas suburb of North Frisco later this year. They plan to open two more restaurants over the next several years.