Hopdoppy Burger Bar will open its first bars in New York City this fall.
It is being built by a team of former restaurateurs from Chicago, New York and New Jersey.
The owners say they will offer “authentic Chicago” food at a lower price than the local burger chain.
They are opening at the bars in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood and Brooklyn’s Upper West Side.
“It will be the first of its kind in the country,” said Dan Pascual, the restaurant’s marketing manager.
The restaurants will be staffed by former Hopdaddy employees and will serve up “authentically Chicago” fare like the Hopduppy Bites (fried onion rings with chicken, cheese, pickles, tomato and mayo).
“We’re not trying to be like a fast food place,” Pascul said.
Hopdoddy is one of the most popular burger chains in the U.S. The chain has expanded to more than 130 restaurants, including in restaurants across the country.
But, its sales are dropping and it’s struggling to make ends meet.
The company said it has lost nearly $2 billion since 2010, and it has filed for bankruptcy protection twice.
In addition to the restaurants, the company will operate a “family restaurant” and a coffee shop.
Pascual said they are looking for “quality people with a good understanding of food preparation.”
“We’ve got some great chefs in the restaurant business, but we need someone who is going to be a team player, and that’s what we’re going to have in our restaurant,” he said.
“We are really excited about the launch of this restaurant and the work we’re doing,” Piscual said.
The chain opened in New Jersey in 1994, and now has more than 2,300 restaurants in 37 states.
It plans to open at least six more bars this fall in New England.
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