Burger 21 has signed a franchise agreement to develop its first restaurant in Chicagoland, marking the brand’s entry into Illinois. Additionally, the company signed a franchise deal for the development of one restaurant in Dallas.
“We are thrilled to announce the signing of these new franchise agreements that will bring our chef-inspired brand to Dallas and Chicagoland for the very first time,” said Mark Johnston, president of Burger 21. “With the development of these new restaurants, we see great potential to further expand the brand’s footprint in both Texas and Illinois.”
Ed Karayanes and Art Chmiel bring years of multi-unit restaurant operations experience with McDonald’s and plan to develop the first Illinois restaurant in the Rosemont area of Chicagoland, which is slated to open by fall 2015.
Additionally, Ken and Chantrell Goodgames plan to develop their Burger 21 location in the Irving-Las Colinas area of Dallas. Ken will oversee the restaurant’s daily operations when it opens in the latter half of 2015. The franchisees plan to open additional locations in the Dallas market over the next few years.
Burger 21 currently has 15 open locations and more than 20 franchised restaurants in development across the country.
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