Chicago’s DMK Burger Bar is hatching plans for a major franchise expansion — and the Milwaukee area is on the list of markets the company hopes to enter.
DMK Burger Bar, which currently has five locations in the Chicago area, serves up a variety of burger creations in casual, counter-service dining atmosphere. In September, it launched its franchising program and wants to open three to four eateries in greater Milwaukee as the chain seeks to expand in the Midwest, the restaurant company told the Milwaukee Business Journal.
DMK is looking at areas including Milwaukee, Wauwatosa and Bayshore Town Center in Glendale as sites for possible locations. The firm hopes to have its first franchise partner in the Milwaukee area secured within the next few months, with at least one store open sometime in 2018.
In addition to the Milwaukee area, DMK said Appleton and Madison are other Wisconsin communities it would like to expand to with franchises; the company would also consider places like Door County and Green Bay.
“As the state continues to grow, we want to grow with it and will consider other markets as well,” said David Grossman, a partner in DMK Burger Bar.
DMK emphasis high-quality ingredients, the company said, using grass-fed meat for its burgers and serving up hand-cut russet potato fries. In addition to beef, veggie burgers and other options, turkey and salmon are also available for diners to choose from on its menus.
The company was founded in 2009 by James Beard-nominated chef Michael Kornick and restaurant industry veteran David Morton. It recently set its sights on expansion after bringing on David Grossman to lead the firm’s franchising plan. The company also is accepting franchise applications in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.