Meatheads Burgers & Fries

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Meatheads Burgers & Fries, LLC
Fast casual restaurant
Founded2007 (2007)
FounderTom Jednorowicz
United States

Meatheads Burgers & Fries (commonly referred to as Meatheads) is an American fast food retailer of high-end hamburgers and other related menu items based in Illinois.

The company was founded by Tom Jednorowicz, formerly an executive at Potbelly Sandwich Works and Einstein Bros. Bagels.[1][2] Meatheads started in Bloomington, Illinois in 2007[3][4] and became a popular spot among students of Illinois State University and the popular young crowd. The company has since opened fourteen more locations in the Chicago area, first entering that market in 2009.[5][6][7] As of October 2016, 17 locations are in operation.[8]

Among a growing number of specialty burger chains in the United States,[9] Meatheads attempts to differentiate from its competition such as Five Guys and Smashburger by cutting a customer's fries in front of them, similar to west-coast based In-N-Out Burger. Meatheads describes itself as a "fast-casual" chain as opposed to a traditional fast food chain.

With reported annual sales in 2011 of approximately $5 million, the chain is currently composed of company-owned stores, and has not implemented a franchise model.[10]


  1. ^ Fisher, Jennifer (12 March 2011). Burger Joint Serves Up Fries, Milkshakes And Acts of Kindness, Northbrook Patch
  2. ^ Brandau, Mark (16 November 2009). Meatheads Burgers and Fries paces itself for steady growth, Nation's Restaurant News
  3. ^ Arney, Steve (20 December 2007). Meat Heads keeps it simple, The Pantagraph
  4. ^ Wolinsky, David. (16 November 2012). Meatheads' Tom Jednorowicz on Hiring Trends in the Food Biz, NBC Chicago
  5. ^ Dolinsky, Steve 6 February 2009). First Friday Burger & Fries, ABC 7 Chicago
  6. ^ Bendersky, Ari. (15 August 2012). Meatheads Burgers & Fries Headed to Roscoe Village, Chicago Eater
  7. ^ Lazare, Lewis. (25 September 2012). Meatheads finally opens in Chicago, Chicago Business Journal
  8. ^ "locations". Meatheads Burgers. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  9. ^ Barakat, Matthew (Associated Press writer)(12 July 2010). Hungry Americans crave bigger, better burger joints, Winnipeg Free Press
  10. ^ Bertagnoli, Lisa (14 March 2011). Franchise? No thanks: These firms prefer to fly solo, Crain's Chicago Business


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