Texas-based Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes is coming to Ocala, Florida, expanding its presence in the Sunshine State, thanks to a six-unit deal with Brad Harper, who is a franchisee for Mellow Mushroom and Zaxby’s.
“We were searching for a burger brand that we felt showed potential, and the biggest thing for us was looking for a great product,” Harper said in a company press release. “We always try to look at franchises that offer quality products and quality meals. When we found MOOYAH, we went and had some of their burgers and thought they were exceptional. Once we went to Texas to meet with their executive team, we knew that we found the right brand.”
Harper has worked in the restaurant business for over 30 years and has been involved in seven franchises, including Zaxby’s, Shuckin’ Shack and Mellow Mushroom. His first Zaxby’s location was store No. 104, and he has been part of the system as Zaxby’s has expanded to almost 1,000 stores.
“The future looks bright at Mooyah,” he said. “When I visited with the corporate folks in Texas, I realized they had good strategy and franchisee support,” Harper said. “They’re working very hard to keep costs in check for franchise owners while providing a high quality product to guests. From the moment I met them, I felt that we were going to be moving forward and making great decisions. We try to attach ourselves to brands on an upward trajectory, and that’s Mooyah.”