Franchisee Partners Keval Shah and Sanjay Patel to Bring Better Burger Brand to Virginia Beach
MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes, a fast casual, “better burger” chain, is gearing up to satisfy the taste buds of burger enthusiasts in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The restaurant, which plans to open in September, will be located at 3388 Princess Anne Road in Virginia Beach. The Virginia Beach location marks the first MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes restaurant for Keval Shah and Sanjay Patel, partners and MOOYAH franchisees. The team plans to bring an additional two restaurants to Virginia Beach.
Prior to franchising, Shah owned a construction company for 18 years. It wasn’t long before he had the idea of opening a business of his own. Patel and Shah opened a Cold Stone Creamery together in Norfolk and they later experienced MOOYAH firsthand and knew it was a concept that they both wanted to join.
“We were at MOOYAH eating that delicious burger one day and just decided to go for it,” said Shah. “We were really enticed by the menu and the fact that MOOYAH is accommodating to any diner. We have options that work for keto, vegetarian, and really any nutritional preference. We’re providing a great variety and it’s a great-tasting, high-quality product.”
Amy Mitchell will be the store manager for the Virginia Beach MOOYAH, and is excited about the opportunity. “I’m from the UK and have been in America for over two years this September,” said Mitchell. “We came to the land of opportunity to make a better life for my kids and I think it’s been great. I’m working for a great business and I love engaging with Guests and talking to them about my background. I think MOOYAH is going to be a hit here in Virginia Beach.“
This marks the brand’s first foray into Virginia Beach, as MOOYAH plans to partner with Shah and Patel to bring two additional locations to the area. In total, MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes will bring more than 60 jobs to Virginia Beach.
“Virginia Beach is going to be a great addition to our restaurant expansion plans,” said Tony Darden, MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes President and COO. “We are accelerating our franchise development efforts, and we are looking for qualified Franchise Owners across the country who want to join our franchise family and bring our mouthwatering made-to-order burgers to new communities.”
At MOOYAH, Guests have the advantage of choosing from a variety of bun options, such as baked-in-house artisan potato or multigrain wheat non-GMO buns and hand-crafted lettuce buns called Iceburgers to accompany the never-frozen, 100 percent Certified Angus Beef brand burgers, all natural Jennie-O turkey and mouthwatering MorningStar Farms black bean veggie burgers. Each gourmet burger can be customized with six cheeses, Applewood smoked bacon and sliced avocado, along with ten free veggie toppings and ten free sauces.
MOOYAH’s hand-cut fries come together in a six-step process that takes a total of 24 hours to completely prepare. A delightful combination of constant attention and a little magic help transform U.S. #1 Idaho potatoes into perfect, crisp-on-the-outside and fluffy-on-the-inside fries. Guests also have the choice of savory sweet potato fries. Never one to forget dessert, MOOYAH offers 100 percent real ice cream shakes, allowing Guests to choose from 7 flavors ranging from vanilla and Hershey’s chocolate to Reese’s, Oreo and more.
For more information on the growing brand and the sweepstakes, be sure to connect with MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes on the Facebook Fan page, and follow MOOYAH on LinkedIn, Twitter @MOOYAHburgers and Instagram @MOOYAHburgers.
For franchising opportunities, please visit franchise.mooyah.com.
MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes is a fast-casual, “better burger” concept offering mouthwatering made-to-order burgers, French fries hand cut from Idaho potatoes, and real ice cream shakes. Founded in 2007, the Plano, Texas-based company serves fresh, 100% Certified Angus Beef Brand burgers, all natural Jennie-O turkey burgers and black bean veggie burgers. MOOYAH’s non-GMO potato and multigrain buns are baked in-house daily, and Guests can choose from five real cheeses, bacon, avocado and 20 free sauces and toppings made from garden-fresh veggies. MOOYAH Guests can choose from 7 flavors of 100% real ice cream shakes, including vanilla, Hershey’s chocolate, Reese’s, Oreo and more. While many Guests dine in-restaurant, MOOYAH also offers online ordering and carry out for Guests on the go as well as a loyalty app. In 2018, MOOYAH was ranked among Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 200 Food and Restaurant Franchises of 2018 and landed at #7 in the Top 10 Fast Casual Restaurant Franchises by FranchiseRankings.com. In 2017, MOOYAH was named to Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list, Franchise Times’ Fast & Serious list of the smartest growing franchise brands, and was ranked #11 on Fast Casual Magazine’s annual Top 100 Movers & Shakers, a list the brand has been included on every year in the last ten years of rankings.