Excerpted from Atlanta Business Chronicle story.
So Benoit isn’t feeling pinched by the mushrooming numbers of burger restaurants around the metro area or the arrival of the latest entry, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, a Denver-based chain. In January, Daddy’s opened its first local outlet in Chamblee and most recently debuted in Smyrna, bringing the company’s nationwide total to 29. Plans are also in the works for locations in Roswell and Decatur. The new outlets join the 41 other burger eateries counted by the Georgia Restaurant Association as part of a continuing wave of gourmet burger joints that’s been washing over the metro area for the last few years.
“The first wave has slowed down a bit, but it’s starting to flow again,” said Greg Eisenman, senior director with Franklin Street, a retail tenant services real estate group. “We’re not going to see an explosion of new burger places necessarily, but restaurateurs believe people love burgers, and we’ll continue to see places with new concepts owners believe set them apart.”
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