Texas chain Whataburger has some changes coming its way.
The burger staple announced plans to expand with 15 new locations this year, released images of an updated design for its restaurants and broke the news that it will open up to franchising for the first time in 20 years.
In a press release, Whataburger said they are looking to add restaurants in Tennessee and Kansas City, with planned eventual growth in other states. Whataburger is headquartered in San Antonio and has more than 830 locations in 10 states, most of which are in Texas.
The restaurant is set to have 15 new restaurants built this year and 25 restaurants next year, in addition to remodeling many existing restaurants.
The chain also announced plans to offer franchising opportunities for the first time in 20 years. The company said the opportunity will allow the company to open even more restaurants in more areas.
The company also announced plans for new restaurant models and remodels that strive to reduce environmental impact by using renewable resources when possible, LED lighting and more efficient equipment for 24-hour use.
The remodels will vary based on the needs of each location, ranging from kitchen and exterior upgrades in some restaurants to major updates in others.
Although the look of some restaurants will be getting makeovers, the white and orange stripes won’t be changing.
"We’re always excited to hear we have so many fans across the country," an official with the company said in the release. "We don’t have specific details to share about plans for any particular city at this time, but will be happy to share when the time is right."
This announcement comes a year after the beloved Texas treasure was sold to Chicago based firm BDT Capital leaving fans reeling. Though president and chief executive, Preston Atkinson assured that the company wanted to "expand the brand" elsewhere in the country and found a partner that doesn’t "plan to change our recipe for success."
To see more renderings of Whataburger’s upcoming remodel click HERE.