Gourmet, Fast-Casual Burger 21 Eatery to Open in Novi, More to Come


Burger 21, a fast-casual restaurant chain offering both beef and non-beef burgers, will open its first restaurant in Michigan in Novi next month.

“We knew that (Burger 21) would be a great addition to Novi’s booming restaurant scene as its extensive menu of delicious chef-inspired recipes offers something for everyone,” says Wisal Samaha, franchise owner of Burger 21, along with her husband, Moe.

Samaha says Burger 21, to be located at 26425 Novi Rd. in Crescent Plaza (just south of I-96), will open April 18. The restaurant, founded by the owners of The Melting Pot restaurants, with a location in Troy, was founded in 2009, competing with other “upscale burger” chains, which grew in popularity around that time.

The 2,400-square-foot restaurant will offer seating for about 65, along with an outdoor patio for nearly 40 customers. Samaha says she plans to open additional Burger 21 restaurants in the region over the next several years.

The restaurant offers a variety of beef burgers made with angus beef, including Tex-Mex Haystack, with applewood-smoked bacon, guacamole, onion strings, and chipotle-jalapeno sauce and The Shroom, with lettuce, tomato, crimini mushrooms, onions, and fontina cheese. Burger 21 also offers burgers made with chicken, seafood, and turkey, along with vegetarian burgers such as The Ahi Tuna with panko-crusted tuna, Sriracha aioli, avocado, and pickled cucumber, and the Chicken Parmesan burger with lightly fried chicken, Parmesan crisps, and tomato sauce.

Other offerings include chicken tenders, hot dogs, fries, salads, and shakes such as chocolate peanut butter, crème brulee, and strawberry short cake.

Tampa, Fla.-based Burger 21 has 23 restaurants in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and North Carolina, among other states, and has 20 more restaurants in development. â€‹

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