Burger 21 re-opens Fort Lauderdale franchise under new ownership

To celebrate its Fort Lauderdale franchise re-opening under new ownership, fast casual franchise Burger 21 will donate 10 percent of its proceeds to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, the company announced in Tampa on Tuesday.

The award-winning “beyond the better burger” business will hire 50 to 60 new team members for its 2,700-square-foot space at 2949 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. With additional seating on an outdoor patio, the restaurant will host up to 124 guests daily, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Now locally owned by existing Burger 21 franchisees Marc Osheroff and Handre Hurwit, who also recently acquired a branch in Davie and plan to open two more locations in the near future, the Fort Lauderdale branch will offer fresh salads, hand-crafted shakes, a gluten-free menu and craft beer and wine by the glass—in addition to its signature chef-inspired beef and non-beef burger creations, like the Tex-Mex Haystack, Spicy Thai Shrimp, Black Bean and Mediterranean Chicken.

"We're thrilled to re-open the Burger 21 restaurant in Fort Lauderdale and bring the brand's unique hand-crafted burgers and shakes back to the local community," Osheroff said. "We've already experienced great success at the Davie location and look forward to bringing that same success to the Fort Lauderdale restaurant, while giving back to local schools and charities such as Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital."

Acknowledged as one of Fast Casual's Top 100 "Movers and Shakers" for the last three consecutive years, the company’s president Mark Johnston was named one of Fast Casual's "Top 25 People" of 2014 for his continued strategic leadership in brand growth and development. Burger 21 also was named one of QSR's "Best Franchise Deals" of 2014.

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