WICHITA, Kan. - Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is coming to Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck and Minot, N.D.

The fast-casual restaurant company announced Wednesday, Sept. 15, that a franchise agreement has been signed with Canada-based BOTL International LLC to develop five units in North Dakota.

BOTL representatives said Thursday, Sept. 16, that the company plans to open its Freddy's locations in the second quarter of 2022.

The agreement with BOTL was among five development deals that Freddy's said could put 30 restaurants in Texas, Louisiana, Indiana, North Dakota and the greater Chicagoland area.

“The recent openings and new development agreements show the continued excitement and interest that operators have in the Freddy’s franchise opportunity. We’re very excited to welcome these new restaurants and franchisees to the Freddy’s family and look forward to further expansion,” said Andrew Thengvall, chief development officer for Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers.

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Freddy’s has had a surge in franchise development, opening more than a dozen new restaurants in the first half of 2021 alone, including locations in Boise, Idaho, Memphis, Tenn, and Pensacola, Fla. The brand is expected to open 30 more restaurants before the end of the year.

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According to the Freddy's website:

  • Freddy’s was co-founded in 2002 by Scott Redler and Bill, Randy and Freddy Simon.
  • Freddy’s opened its first location in Wichita, offering cooked-to-order steakburgers, hot dogs, shoestring fries, and frozen custard.
  • The brand was acquired by private equity firm Thompson Street Capital Partners in March of 2021.
  • Freddy’s has grown to more than 400 locations that serve 34 states.