NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. – BurgerFi has announced that it will move its fast-casual restaurant to Puerto Rico for the first time over the next five years.
The Florida-based restaurant said it plans to open the first location in San Juan, Puerto Rico, by the end of 2019 with the other five stores coming later.
The company said it plans to open up six new stores on the island that will create more than 200 jobs. BurgerFi made a franchise agreement with Phillip Faigenblat, who owns 14 Denny’s restaurants in the territory.
"There's surging interest in healthy dining in Puerto Rico, as people become more conscious of what they are eating," Faigenblat said. "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."
The interiors of each of the six new restaurants will average at 3,000 sq. ft. They will feature eco-friendly elements such as wood-paneled walls made from Number 2 southern pine lumber, 10-ft. fans that consume 88 percent less energy, and 100 percent energy-efficient LED lighting.