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Burger 21 Joins 'Fast Casual' Bandwagon in Tysons

This burger joint was founded by the owners of The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc.

If you think Northern Virginia already has its share of burger joints, think again.

Tampa-based Burger 21, founded by the creators of the fondue franchise The Melting Pot, is planning on opening four new locations in the D.C. metro region, including three in Fairfax County. One of them will be located in Tysons Corner.

"We have a great deal of franchising experience in the Greater D.C. area and look forward to bringing this fresh, new concept to residents in the surrounding communities," said Ray Patel, one of the franchisees who has signed on to develop the D.C. locations, in a press release. "With chef-inspired burgers, shakes, hot dogs, chicken tenders, salads and more, we are confident that Burger 21 will quickly become one of our guests' favorite lunch and dinner destinations."

Burger 21 will join the fray of fast casual restaurants already located in Tysons Corner, including Cava Mezze Grill and Chipotle. It will hardly be the only restaurant serving up burgers and fries, either.

Five Guys already has an outpost in Tysons Corner Center. Kraze Burger is scheduled to open soon in Tysons Galleria.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly reported the company is based in Orlando. Burger 21 is based in Tampa, Fla.

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