Burger Baron

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Burger Baron
Type Franchise
Industry Restaurants
Founded Calgary or Lethbridge, Alberta
Products Fast food (hamburgers, donairs)

Burger Baron is a chain of fast-food restaurants in Western Canada.

Burger Baron in Edmonton, Alberta
Burger Baron sign

History[edit]

Founded in 1957 in either Calgary or Lethbridge, Alberta (the location and ownership of the first site is disputed), Burger Baron was the first drive-through chain in Western Canada.[1][2] The company expanded quickly throughout the region but suffered when the big American chains began to move to the area. The original franchise operation collapsed into bankruptcy and current restaurants are independently operated, with different menus, recipes, signage and advertising.[1] Today, there are still dozens of Burger Barons throughout Western Canada, but they are mostly concentrated around Edmonton and in small towns in Alberta.[1] Many of the owners are Lebanese Canadians, connected to Rudy Kemaldean of Calgary, who bought the first of his seven restaurants in 1964, hired family and friends and encouraged them to open their own operations under the Burger Baron name.[1]

Among other things, Burger Baron is famous for taking over the former locations of other fast-food chains, and for being endorsed by former Edmonton Oilers hockey coach Glen Sather.[2]

An attempt in the 1980s to return to a franchise system ended when independent owners were unable to reach agreement. A legal dispute over the trademark between family members of early owners was settled in the 1990s.[1]

Products[edit]

Burger Barons typically feature multiple unusual variations of hamburger, such as a "Salisbury Burger", and a "Teriyaki Burger". Their mushroom burger is particularly popular.[1] In recent years one the chain's main features has been Halifax-style donairs.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Mouallem, Omar (May 2, 2013). "Will The Real Burger Baron Please Stand Up?". The Calgary Herald. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Edmonton Plus.ca". Retrieved 2008-01-17. 

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