Hamburgers are going vertical at Gulf Coast Town Center in Lee County.
Diners may soon attempt to devour a 10-patty burger. The Arlington, Va.-based Elevation Burger — which features the aptly named Vertigo Burger served with two sticks to hold it together — is among seven new businesses coming to two Southwest Florida shopping centers in the coming months.
“We are excited to be expanding throughout the state,” said Elevation Burger spokesman James Stewart.
Elevation Burger touts fresh to order, 100 percent USDA-certified organic, grass-fed, free-range beef patties, fresh-cut fries cooked with olive oil and milk shakes with fruit additions. Each beef burger is freshly ground on the premises.
A franchisee has bought the rights to the west coast of the Florida market and plans to open 20 restaurants on this side of the state, starting in Fort Myers later this year, followed by another one in Naples, Stewart said.
This is the largest domestic franchise agreement Elevation Burger has signed, he added.
Elevation Burger is expected to open in Promenade at Naples Centre, on Naples Boulevard north of Airport-Pulling and Pine Ridge roads, later this year or early next year.
The chain has been recognized as the nation’s first organic hamburger restaurant since opening its first restaurant in Falls Church, Va., in 2005. It’s the only franchised burger chain serving organic beef, according to a prepared statement.
There are currently 19 Elevation Burger restaurants — 18 in eight U.S. states and one in Kuwait City, Kuwait. All are franchised locations except the locations in Falls Church, Va., Germantown, Md., and Potomac, Md., the statement said.
Plans call for the company and franchisees to open more than 165 restaurants around the world, Stewart said.
In addition to Elevation Burger, Gulf Coast Town Center near Interstate 75 and Alico Road will welcome one new retailer and two new restaurants in the next few months: G.N.C., Connors Steak & Seafood and Keys Bar and Grille.
In Collier County, three new businesses are opening at The Shoppes at Vanderbilt in North Naples — the British Market, Toast of Naples, a breakfast and lunch restaurant, and the Mommy Shop maternity store.
At Gulf Coast Town Center, G.N.C. — a health and nutrition store — will be next to Kirkland’s; Elevation Burger will sit next to Rita’s Ice and across from Outback Steakhouse; Connors Steak & Seafood will be outside the mall, adjacent to L.A. Fitness; and Keys Bar and Grille will be near Dick’s Sporting Goods.
The British Market opened last week at The Shoppes, which is on the northwest corner of Vanderbilt Beach and Airport-Pulling roads. The store will feature pies, pastries and packaged goods imported from the United Kingdom, bacon from Ireland, British sausages, unique snacks and hard-to-find European chocolates.
Toast of Naples, a breakfast and lunch restaurant, will open its second location in Collier. Toast of Naples is already in the Pebblebooke Center, near Collier Boulevard and Immokalee Road.
The Mommy Shop, a maternity clothing and newborn items store, opens Saturday in the Shoppes and will primarily sell maternity clothes and baby items.
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