Fast-casual chain BurgerFi has announced that it will open six restaurants in Puerto Rico over the next five years, bringing more than 200 jobs to the island.
The move will bring the fast-casual, gourmet food concept to Puerto Rico for the first time.
Franchisee Phillip Faigenblat will own and operate the six Puerto Rico locations. Faigenblat is an entrepreneur who owns 14 Denny’s franchises in the territory.
Faigenblat said: “There’s surging interest in healthy dining in Puerto Rico, as people become more conscious of what they are eating.
“Puerto Ricans are also digitally savvy, and looking for alternatives to both fast food and sit-down family dining. BurgerFi’s quick-service combined with quality food that can be ordered online fits perfectly with these needs and is bound to be a hit in Puerto Rico.”
All six stores will offer BurgerFi’s cooked-to-order menu items, including burgers made from the top 1% of certified Angus beef, vegetarian and chicken burgers, Wagyu hot dogs, hand-cut fries, onion rings, creamy shakes and custards, and craft beers.
Interiors of each of restaurants will feature several eco-friendly elements, while the outdoor seating areas will have picnic and four-top tables each made from more than 700,000 upcycled milk jugs and industrial-style red and grey chairs, each made from 111 recycled Coca-Cola bottles.
The first Puerto Rico store is expected to open in the greater San Juan area by the end of 2019, while the other five stores are planned to be inaugurated over the course of the next five years.
BurgerFi claims that it is the only burger franchise in the industry to serve beef raised without the routine use of antibiotics.
In January 2019, BurgerFi announced that it is expanding in Florida with new locations planned for Clearwater-St Petersburg and Stuart and the Atlanta-metro area.