It seems that chain restaurants can't get enough of the Twin Cities lately. A few weeks ago, Dunkin' Donuts announced plans to roll out approximately 50 stores in Minnesota. This week, we found out Matt Kalil, the Vikings offensive lineman, hopes to open Minnesota's first Pieology Pizza within a few months. Now Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes, a fast-casual "better burger" chain from Texas, wants to open 13 restaurants in the metro area, according to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
"We are talking to a lot of qualified individuals, both in and outside the restaurant industry, and I think we are getting close," Ardag Tachian, the development agent for Mooyah, told the Business Journal.
Though Mooyah has made a franchise agreement for a Rochester restaurant with Randy Bergerson (yes, that's his real name), nothing is set in stone.
Mooyah's first restaurant opened in Plano, Texas, in 2007. Today, the company has 56 locations in 12 different states. According to their website, they plan to have more than 100 locations open by the end of this year.
Like Subway and Chipotle before it, Mooyah revolves around an assembly line setup, where customers choose from five burgers (or a hot dog), three buns (or a lettuce wrap), five cheeses, and a wide array of free toppings, like fried onion strings and sautéed mushrooms. Burgers range from $5 to $6, but customers can also choose a combo deal that includes french fries and a milkshake of choice for $8 to $9. We like the sound of the mint chocolate chip and strawberry banana milkshakes, but customers have eight more flavors to choose from.
Do Minnesotans really need another burger joint with Five Guys, My Burger, Smashburger, Matt's Bar, Blue Door, and Burger Jones already at our fingertips? We'll let you be the judges.