Meatheads Burgers & Fries

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Meatheads Burgers & Fries, LLC
Fast casual restaurant
Founded 2007 (2007)
Founder Tom Jednorowicz
Headquarters Bloomington, Illinois, United States

Meatheads Burgers & Fries (commonly referred to as Meatheads) is a United States 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. 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
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  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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