Burger joint Johnny Rockets opens in downtown Vancouver, with Broadway spot next

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      Vancouver’s burger scene has been going through some ups and downs.

      After a wave of openings in downtown Vancouver, a number of burger places have shut down, including StackHouse Burger Bar and the Davie Street location of Relish Gourmet Burgers.

      However, some new burgers chains are giving it a go in the local market. 

      California-based Johnny Rockets, which launched in Los Angeles in 1986, opened today (September 2) at 755 Nelson Street (at Howe Street) on the street level of the Manulife building. 

      The approximately 1,950 square foot space features their new modern 2.0 design, a departure from their retro diner look.  

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      Johnny Rockets opened in Vancouver at 755 Nelson Street.
      Johnny Rockets Canada

      The menu offers six main types of burgers (priced from $6.99 to $12.99) including bacon cheddar; smoke house, with smoked bacon, onion rings, cheddar, and barbecue sauce; and southwest black bean burger.

      Other items include breaded chicken strips, grilled chicken breast sandwich, chili, hot dogs, poutine, milkshakes, and more.

      Johnny Rockets Canada

      A second Johnny Rockets location, about 2,600 square feet, is slated to open at 988 West Broadway (at Oak Street) this autumn.

      Johnny Rockets first entered the Canadian market by opening its first location at the Bay Centre in Victoria on May 31 and its second location at Hillside Centre Mall on June 12.

      JR Canada Restaurant Group, the franchisee developer of Johnny Rockets, plans to open several other locations in all provinces across Canada.

      Meanwhile, another burger chain will be coming across the Strait of Georgia, but this one is a B.C. chain. Victoria-based Bin 4 Burger will be opening up its first Vancouver location at 2996 Granville Street in November.