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Kansas City Business Journal, July 25, 2016, Leslie Collins

“Larkburger reveals big expansion plans

Colorado-based Larkburger announced earlier this year that it would open its first out-of-state location in Overland Park. But it’s not stopping there.

The better burger chain plans to open eight to 10 area restaurants over the next two years, and already is negotiating leases on three sites, Larkburger COOWayne Humphrey told the Kansas City Business Journal.

The company created a lengthy list of criteria for expanding and looked at cities, such as Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Dallas and Austin, Texas.

“In those markets, availability for sites to build was not as strong as it is here,” he said. “There’s more development here, and it seems in many cases, less red tape to have to go through. So we can move along at a steady pace. … Kansas City is just one of those markets that’s always been reliable. We know other brands that have come here and they’ve been embraced with open arms and have seen great success.”

Kansas and Missouri residents also frequent Colorado for skiing and are familiar with the brand, he said. Another perk is Kansas City’s talent pool that takes pride in high-quality, made-from-scratch food and a city full of foodies who can appreciate Larkburger’s focus on fresh ingredients and menu offerings that skip the preservatives and additives, he said.

Larkburger has fine-dining roots and borrows culinary techniques from Vail-based Larkspur. The most popular item on the upscale restaurant’s menu was the “Larkburger,” and it inspired General Manager Adam Baker and OwnerThomas Salamunovich to launch a spinoff restaurant, Larkburger, that offered a simple and affordable menu, he said.

Established in 2006, Larkburger has now grown to 12 locations in Colorado.

Construction is underway on Larkburger’s Overland Park location in Corbin Park, which is slated to open in mid-October. The 2,500-square-foot space will feature a clean, modern feel and reclaimed Cyprus wood walls. The outdoor patio will seat about 35.

Larkburger also is considering opening locations in surrounding cities, such as Olathe, Lenexa, Lee’s Summit, Liberty and Kansas City.”

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