DALLAS (PRWEB) April 28, 2014
Burger enthusiasts in the Northeast area can look forward to having something new to drool over in 2014 and beyond, as MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes (MOOYAH), a fast-casual, “better burger” chain will open its doors for the first time on April 28, 2014 in Garwood, N.J., with an additional two restaurants scheduled to open over the next 24 months. Spearheaded by locally-based development agents, Anthony D’Amore and his business partner, Tom Mascia, the restaurant is located at 325 Route 28 and is the first MOOYAH to open in the Garden State.
“MOOYAH is a culmination of quality, customizable burgers and outstanding service, and these are the key drivers of our breakthrough location in New Jersey,” D’Amore said. “I joined MOOYAH as a development agent and franchisee because I believe in the brand, and it’s with this encouragement that I open my doors in Garwood and spearhead growth in a new territory.”
D’Amore signed on with MOOYAH as a developer for the New Jersey and New York markets in December 2013, but his history with franchising covers his entire career. Anthony joined his father’s business, NATC Donuts Inc., in 1986 when he was 18 years old. The enterprise was a platform for several Dunkin’ Donuts stores his father owned across Union and Middlesex County in New Jersey; since joining 20 years ago, D’Amore has been running the operations, growing their portfolio from six stores to seventeen thriving locations today. As the first MOOYAH franchisee in New Jersey, D’Amore will be focusing his efforts on establishing the growing burger brand’s presence before cultivating the areas of Bergen and Union County in the future.
At MOOYAH, Guests start their made-to-order burger experience by choosing from freshly-baked white or whole wheat buns, or a low-carb, bun replacement of iceberg lettuce leaves. Next, Guests have the option of never-frozen 100 percent American beef, Jennie-O® turkey or the mouthwatering veggie patty, all decorated with unlimited veggies and a choice of nine delectable sauces.
In addition, the sides and dessert are not to be forgotten. MOOYAH French fries are not an afterthought, but a crucial component of the whole MOOYAH experience. The daily-cut spuds are always cooked fresh, and transformed into the perfect French fries through a proprietary six-step, 24-hour process. Guests also have the option of the ever-popular Sweet Potato Fries. To offset the savory side of the menu, MOOYAH offers handcrafted shakes made with 100 percent real ice cream. Like their burgers, MOOYAH shakes can be customized with fun ice cream flavors and sweet toppings such as M&M’s®, cookie dough and peanut butter cups.
“MOOYAH has written a great success story since its inception in 2007, and with the Northeast being a culinary destination, we’re looking forward to debuting the brand in New Jersey,” said Michael Mabry, Vice President of Operations and Franchise Development for MOOYAH. “Our commitment to cultivating lasting Guest relationships by providing fresh ingredients in a welcoming environment will continue to be a critical component of our national expansion.”
Reflecting on 2013 alone, MOOYAH has plans to continue its sustained expansion, already predicting that the brand will add over 1,000 jobs to local communities through its restaurant openings in 2014. MOOYAH shows no signs of slowing down and aims to deliver a simple American classic that’s not only made well, but produced in a friendly and comfortable environment to new and fresh markets in the future.
For more information on the growing brand, connect with MOOYAH on Facebook at the MOOYAH Burgers & Fries Fan page or follow MOOYAH on Twitter @MOOYAHBurger.
For franchising opportunities in New Jersey, development agents Anthony D’Amore and Tom Mascia can be reached at adamore(at)mooyah(dot)com and tmascia(at)mooyah(dot)com.
ABOUT MOOYAH BURGERS, FRIES & SHAKES
MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes is a fast-casual, “better burger” concept serving mouth-watering made-to-order burgers, hand-cut French fries made from high-quality Idaho potatoes, and handcrafted 100-percent ice cream shakes. Founded in 2007, the Plano, Texas-based company only uses fresh, American lean beef and all-natural Jennie-O® turkey burgers, buns baked in house, real cheeses and toppings made from garden-fresh ingredients. It offers online ordering, and a cookout trailer for corporate, social and fundraising events. In 2014, MOOYAH was named No. 314 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of the top 500 franchise brands, moving up from No. 357 in 2013. MOOYAH was also ranked 1st overall in Restaurant Business’s Future 50 list and was listed as No. 8 in Fast Casual Magazine’s annual Top 100 Movers & Shakers in 2013, a list they have been at the top of for several years in a row. In 2013, the brand was named “best burger” in its hometown by DallasChild and NorthTexasChild magazines. In the same year, MOOYAH received recognition in USA Today’s Top 50 Franchises for Military Veterans. For more information on MOOYAH, its menu or franchising opportunities, please visit http://www.mooyah.com. Follow MOOYAH on Twitter @MooyahBurger and connect with MOOYAH on Facebook Fan page.