The burger battle is about to get a bit more crowded in Carrollwood.
Burger 21, a gourmet burger restaurant, is opening a restaurant at 11777 N. Dale Mabry Highway in October. This will be its second location; the first opened in November in Westchase.
The restaurant touts "chef-created burgers, shakes, salads and more." The restaurant was created by Front Burner Brands, parent company of the Melting Pot fondue chain and GrillSmith restaurants.
The restaurant is now hiring for about 75 service and culinary positions. Applications are available at www.burger21.com/b21-career-opportunities.aspx.
The restaurant gets its name from the 21 hand-formed burgers on the menu, including the Black & Bleu, a bleu cheese and bacon burger; the Ahi Tuna Burger; the Chicken Parmesan Burger; a Po' Boy Shrimp Burger; and a vegetarian Black Bean Burger.
Mark Johnston, CEO of Burger 21 and the Melting Pot Restaurants, said the menu aims at a price niche between Five Guys and Square 1. Burgers range from $5.50 to $9.95.
The restaurant is considered fast-casual, where customers order meals at the cashier and servers bring the food to the table.
Though this is the second location, the Tampa-based company has said it hopes to grow the franchise to more than 1,000 locations.
The area is no stranger to the gourmet burger craze. Burger Monger opened in May on North Dale Mabry Highway. Also, Red Robin recently opened in the Citrus Park mall.