While the number of burger joints in downtown Vancouver has been steadily increasing over the past few years, two new burger chains are set to enter the local food scene with their retro-inspired offerings.
The California-based Johnny Rockets will be heading into the B.C. market with three locations slated to open in early 2017.
The international franchise, which has a location in Windsor, Ontario, will open two of the three locations in Victoria (at the Bay Centre and Hillside Mall).
Its first Vancouver location, approximately 1,950 square feet in size, will be located at 755 Nelson Street.
Founded in 1986, the company has over 350 franchise locations in 28 countries. The restaurant serves American-style hamburgers (with unfrozen fresh beef), chicken sandwiches, fries, salads, shakes, malts, and more.
While the company has traditionally sported a '50s diner look, the new Canadian locations will feature a revamped, modern Diner 2.0 concept for its interior décor and exterior design.
More Canadian locations are expected to open in the future. Back in 2015, the American company announced a 40-restaurant Canadian deal with franchise partner Lewis Gelmon, who has brought several American brands into the Canadian market, such as Domino's Pizza. JR Canada Restaurant Group is the master franchisee developer of Johnny Rockets Canada.
Meanwhile, another retro-themed burger joint is moving into the West End.
The 1881 Denman Street location of Vera's Burgers (which started in West Vancouver in 1977 and now has locations across the Lower Mainland) has been sold to Burnaby-based '50s Burgers.
The retro-themed '50s Burgers, which has a location at 7741 Edmonds Street in Burnaby, serves up a range of hamburgers with hand-pressed patties, and fresh-cut fries.
Their menu also includes hot dogs, beef dip, fish and chips, poutine, onion rings, ice cream, shakes, and more.