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Ever thought of buying a burger franchise?

Burger 21, a burger chain based in Florida, will open its first New York store in Albany.

Founded in 2010 by the owners of The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., the chain offers burger and slider creations ranging from Certified Angus Beef, to chicken, turkey, shrimp and tuna burgers, as well as salads, hot dogs, chicken tenders and a shake bar. It currently has five locations in Florida, and a dozen restaurants in development in seven states across the East Coast.

Burger 21, an affiliate of restaurant management company Front Burner Brands, announced in a Feb. 18 news release that it had signed a franchise deal for the Albany location. Melting Pot franchisees Mike Stygles and Bruce Anderson will develop the Albany restaurant with hopes of adding more locations throughout upstate New York. Stygles owns the Melting Pot franchise in Albany.

"I feel very fortunate that the valuable support and experience offered by Front Burner Brands has given us the opportunity to further develop our portfolios with the company through a unique concept that truly goes beyond the better burger," said Stygles in the release. "I'm excited to get behind the grill and introduce the Albany community to Burger 21's diverse menu of crafted beef and non-beef burger creations, hand-dipped shakes and more."

Burger 21 launched an aggressive growth initiative in the fall of 2011, and is actively seeking qualified franchisees to further fuel expansion in New York. Franchisee candidates should have a minimum net worth of $500,000 and liquid assets of at least $200,000 per unit. Depending on the real estate site selected, franchisees can expect the total cost of investment for one restaurant to be approximately $597,995 to $831,995, with an initial franchise fee of $40,000.

To register or learn more about franchising opportunities, visit or contact Burger 21 franchise sales associate Ashley Pollard at 813-425-6252 or

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