US fast-casual restaurant concept Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers has announced an expansion in the city of Houston, Texas with the signing of a 20-unit development deal.

The expansion is being spearheaded by franchise group Lone Star Custard, led by siblings John, Nick and Joe DePinto.

The DePinto brothers are not new to the Freddy’s franchise network, as they began their journey with the brand in 2022.

They have since established a strong foothold in the Texas market.

Their commitment to the brand extends beyond the new development deal as they have also taken ownership of 18 existing Freddy’s locations in the Houston area.

Lone Star Custard’s existing portfolio includes 24 Freddy’s restaurants across Texas, with outlets in San Antonio, Austin and the Rio Grande Valley.

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The group’s experience with the brand is expected to be a significant asset in the successful rollout of the new locations.

Nick DePinto said: “Family has always been a priority for us, so when we came across an opportunity to work together as entrepreneurs in our home state, it was an easy decision.

“Freddy’s resonates with us so deeply, from the military values woven throughout the brand to their high-quality food and unwavering commitment to service. As a franchisor, Freddy’s offers invaluable guidance and support that is especially critical for us as franchisees.

“We’re incredibly proud to be a part of a brand like Freddy’s and we’re thrilled to continue growing the brand in Texas.”

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers chief development officer Andrew Thengvall said: “We are immensely proud of the impressive growth and success the DePinto brothers have accomplished in the few short years since they began franchising with Freddy’s.

“Their achievements underscore the strength of our franchise system. We’re excited to continue supporting Lone Star Custard as they bring Freddy’s signature quality and hospitality to even more communities across Texas.”

Freddy’s continued its Texas expansion with the opening of a new restaurant in the city of Princeton in early 2024.

The 3,148ft² Princeton location seats 88 guests and features a patio and drive-through service.

Since its founding in Wichita, Kansas, in 2002, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers has grown to 530 outlets across 36 US states.

The brand’s menu offers steakburgers, hot dogs, fries and its signature freshly churned frozen custard.