The Burger Week 2015 Burger Chain Power Hour continues with an overview of national burger chains that have expressed interest in expanding to the Boston area.
This New York-based chain offering organic burgers reportedly has a Boston location in the works, according to a Columbus Dispatch article from last year. The brand currently has 23 outposts in the tri-state area, Ohio, and Toronto.
Bobby's Burger Palace
With one Massachusetts location inside the Burlington Mall, the namesake burger joint from celebrity chef Bobby Flay actually doesn't have plans to expand closer to the Hub. When Eater asked about it when the Burlington location was announced in 2012, a rep said the company is always looking at new locations. But in 2013, Flay himself told Boston.com that he's wary of how the greater Boston area would respond to his relatively low-brow concept.
Plan B Burger Bar
This Connecticut-based chain lists a Boston location as "coming soon" on its website. In addition to a handful of branches in its home state, there's a Plan B in in Springfield and in Washington, D.C. Last year, a tipster told Eater the Boston location was likely still two or three years out, which means there's at least one more year before Plan B can be your No. 2 choice.
A Medford location of this burger chain from Colorado is coming this fall, joining Natick and Westwood outposts in Massachusetts. "Several more" could come into the state this year, as the brand has plans to add 70 - 80 more stores to its current roster of about 250 Smashburgers.
In the fall, the official Twitter account of this California burger chain told a fan that Boston is on its list of potential new locations, but no official word yet.
Other national chains that have been rumored to be looking for Boston real estate include New York's Burger Joint, Florida-based Checkers, and PYT out of Philly.
Locally, Krista Kranyak (Ten Tables) has said she's interested in expanding her Grass Fed burger brand, and Burger Dive, an offering from Legendary Restaurant Group (Papagayo, Max & Dylan's, Scollay Square, Sip Wine Bar), could expand beyond its Assembly Row shop and its insane, burgered-up PT cruiser.