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Burgers 21, Courtesy of The Melting Pot, Will Open in Scottsdale

Add another fast-casual burger chain to those already competing for your dinner dollars in Scottsdale because Burger 21, a franchise founded by the owners of The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., has plans to open two restaurants in the Valley this year.

As we told you last August the first Burger 21 will be coming to Chandler, bringing with it "a chef-inspired" menu of burgers, chicken tenders, hot dogs, salads, and handspun shakes. The company has now announced plans to open a second restaurant in the Scottsdale Seville Center at 7001 North Scottsdale Road, on the northeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Indian Bend.

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The Chandler location, for which a full address has not been announced, will open first, followed by the Scottsdale location. The company is also looking for single- and multi-unit franchise operators to bring more Burger 21 locations to the greater Phoenix area.

The menu includes a selection of 100 percent Angus beef burgers such as Tex-Mex Haystack with lettuce, tomato, applewood-smoked bacon, Gouda, guacamole, onion strings, and chipotle-jalapeño sauce. There are also chicken, seafood (think: Spicy Thai Shrimp Burger), veggie, and turkey burgers along with salads, sliders, hot dogs, chicken tenders, and handspun shakes and floats.

The first Burger 21 opened in November 2010 in Tampa, Fla. and the chain has since grown to include 12 locations in Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia. The chain currently has another 18 locations in development in six states, including two in Arizona. The fast expansion landed Burger 21 on Fast Casual's Top 100 "Movers and Shakers" list last year.

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Lauren Saria
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