Fast on the heels of the news that Super Duper Burgers is getting ready to double the size of its original Castro location something that the Planning Commission just approved last week the restaurant group behind the chain announces plans for two new locations in the East Bay, as well as an outpost at SFO's Terminal 1, and they say "we now feel that the time is right to expand into exciting markets abroad." Does that mean Canada? Super Duper Paris?
A release reveals that deals have been inked for two East Bay locations: 2355 Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley (the former Smart Alec's sandwich shop at the corner of Durant, as first reported by Berkeleyside), and in Concord at The Veranda (2001 Diamond Boulevard).
And, opening in early 2018 will be the SFO location, the chain's first airport concession.
These will be the 11th, 12th, and 13th locations for Super Duper, which opened its first burger shop in the Castro in 2010. Each year they mark the occasion on Super Duper Day in April (on or around the 28th), giving away free burgers to 100 customers at each location.
But where will these "exciting markets abroad" perhaps be?
Also, this is just the latest in the multiple directions of empire-building that have been undertaken by restaurateur Adriano Paganini and his Back of the House Restaurant Group, which now has over 20 restaurants around the Bay Area including Belga, Beretta, Lolinda, Starbelly, Uno Dos Tacos, and the brand new Flores in Cow Hollow. Earlier this month we also learned that Paganini had snatched up the now vacant former La Urbana space at Divisadero and Grove, and we've yet to hear which of his many concepts might be installed there or if it will be a new one entirely.
Next up: the group's yet-to-be-revealed new restaurant at 450 Hayes Street, announced back in August 2015, now about a year delayed.