Hattiesburg will soon be home to another Baton Rouge-based burger franchise when Small Sliders comes to town.
BGK Burgers plans to open seven locations in south Mississippi and Alabama, including Hattiesburg. The opening dates and locations have not been announced.
“A number of factors came together for us as we looked at the opportunity to bring Smalls Sliders to these markets,” said Travis Bolster of Hattiesburg, who owns a Smoothie King and Qdoba franchises in the Hub City. “The simple on-purpose operations is a big draw, but once we tried the craveable cheeseburger slider and saw the community engagement, we knew this brand would be something special."
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Another four franchises are in the works for the Jackson metro area.
Smalls Sliders, which opened its first location in 2019, is a "hyper-focused cheeseburger slider drive-thru concept" with two locations in Baton Rouge. Its limited menu features cooked-to-order premium cheeseburger sliders.
BGK Burgers owners include Bolster, Clay Koenig and John Gordon, all Smoothie King franchise owners. The trio is joined in this endeavor by Joe Campbell and Paul and Cindy Koenig.
“We are strategically selecting franchise operators that not only have the restaurant industry know-how to execute our craveable cheeseburger sliders, but that also align with our mission of using small burgers to make a big difference in the communities we enter,” said Jacob Dugas, Small Sliders co-founder and chief operating officer.
Smalls Sliders is backed by Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux founder Brandon Landry and former Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
In addition to new locations in Mississippi and Alabama, Smalls Sliders is opening stores in Marrero, Prairieville, Slidell, Metairie, Alexandria and Shreveport. A Thiobodaux location opened Monday.
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