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New burger chain to open Monday in Latham

New burger chain to open Monday in Latham

Burger 21 opens its first upstate New York restaurant in Latham this coming Monday.

Burger 21 opens its first upstate New York restaurant in Latham this coming Monday.

The casual burger chain will open its doors at 622 New Loudon Rd. at 11 a.m. The first 100 guests will receive a free Burger 21 T-shirt and can enter for a chance to win a free tailgate grill.

Founded in 2010 by the owners of The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., out of Florida, the chain offers burger and slider creations ranging from Certified Angus Beef, to chicken, turkey, shrimp and tuna burgers, as well as salads, hot dogs, chicken tenders and a shake bar. It currently has five locations in Florida, and a dozen restaurants in development in seven states across the East Coast.

The Latham restaurant measures 3,200 square feet in the Village at New Loudon. It includes 128 seats indoors and 36 on the patio. It will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

It employs 70 workers and is run by Melting Pot franchisees Mike Stygles and Bruce Anderson, who have plans to open an additional Burger 21 restaurant in the Capital Region within the next few years. Stygles owns the Melting Pot franchise in Albany.

Burger 21 launched an aggressive growth initiative in the fall of 2011, and is actively seeking qualified franchisees to further fuel expansion in New York. Franchisee candidates should have a minimum net worth of $500,000 and liquid assets of at least $200,000 per unit. Depending on the real estate site selected, franchisees can expect the total cost of investment for one restaurant to be approximately $416,133 to $833,895, with an initial franchise fee of $40,000.

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