North Palm Beach, Florida-based BurgerFi is joining the roster of food options at CNN Center. BurgerFi already operates four locations in metro Atlanta with restaurants at 77 12th Street in midtown, Emory Point near Emory University, and in Kennesaw and Alpharetta. (A BurgerFi was previously announced to have been opening in TOWN Brookhaven but they wisely pulled the plug pre-buildout.)
According to the BurgerFi website, the chain has about 70 locations open. Most BurgerFi restaurants are found in the southeast and northeast but the chain has been expanding west with single locations in Arizona, California and Colorado.
BurgerFi bills itself as a "better burger" eatery with assorted burger and hot dog options as well as assorted fries, frozen custards, beer & wine. Apparently, there is also a "secret menu" with items such as the "Hippie Veggie" burger (two grilled quinoa burgers served on a potato bun with a side of neon relish) and "Urban Fries" (parmesan and herb fries topped with garlic aioli)
The space in CNN Center's food court that BurgerFi will occupy was previously Don Juan Mexican Cantina. Last year, the space was supposed to have reopened as a Five Guys, another burger joint, but they backed out before opening.
F2o (Fresh to Order) opened last year in the former Waldenbooks space, to the left of what will now become BurgerFi.
The CNN Center food court is already home to fast food offerings Wendy's, Chick-fil-A, Subway, Great Wraps and Arby's. Dantanna's, McCormick & Schmick and Taco Mac also operate restaurants within the complex.
Another "better burger" eatery, Googie Burger, operates a freestanding restaurant within Centennial Olympic Park.
Current plans call for the BurgerFi at CNN Center to open in mid November.