Fast-food news flash
San Antonio-based Whataburger is cooking up a new restaurant on the city’s Far West Side.
Paperwork filed with the State of Texas shows the restaurant will be in the Stevens Ranch shopping center, at State Highway 211 and Potranco Road. Already in the vicinity are an H-E-B store and a QuikTrip store. The Whataburger location will feature dine-in and drive-thru service.
Construction on the $2 million, 3,751-square-foot restaurant is set to start in July and be completed in December. Houston-based Castles Design Group is designing the project.
Whataburger is in the midst of a U.S. expansion. While it continues to add locations in Texas, the burger chain is also entering new markets, such as Kansas City and Colorado Springs. The 71-year-old Whataburger brand founded in Corpus Christi now has more than 840 locations in 10 states.
Last year, along with the rollout of its new restaurant design — a deviation from its iconic A-frame style that got some avid fans fired up — Whataburger announced its expansion plans included adding 25 new restaurants in 2021.
The growth comes at a time when the popular burger chain has had to embrace adaptability and, like many other fast-food eateries navigating the COVID-19 pandemic that had to close their dining rooms for a time, add some new offerings, including delivery service.
With the expansion, Whataburger’s business seems to be beefing up, with the company trickling some of that success down to its employees, which it calls “family members.” The company recently announced that after a particularly difficult pandemic year, it would serve up more than $90 million in employee bonuses and provide workers a variety of other perks.