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This Adored Texas Burger Chain Is Expanding to a New State

After months of speculation, new Kansas City locations are now confirmed.

Though seen by many as an entirely Texan institution, beloved burger chain Whataburger (pronounced "water burger" by those in the know) already has locations in 10 states. And now, the burger chain has revealed that it will expand its presence to another state next year, when two Whataburger restaurants are slated to open in Kansas City, MO. The move marks the chain's first expansion into a new territory in two decades.

Whataburger is one of the largest chain restaurants in the country with more than 820 locations. About 680 of them are located in Texas, where the company was founded in 1950. And despite Whataburger consistently ranking among the top five most popular regional fast food chains in the country, rapid expansion was never part of the company's vision. (Related: 9 Restaurant Chains That Closed Hundreds of Locations This Summer.)

This new move may mark a change in strategy, however, especially since a majority interest of the formerly family-owned company was sold to Chicago investment group BDT Capital Partners last year. Along with the Kansas City locations, which are already well underway based on the fact that the company is hiring locally, the chain will also be adding restaurants in Tennessee, though the exact plans for that state are yet to be revealed.

Patrons of the new Whataburger locations or those visiting any of the old locations would be wise to try the classic menu staple, the Whataburger itself, while avoiding the Bacon & Cheese Whataburger Whatameal meal, which packs in 1,560 calories, and a whopping 17 grams of saturated fat—nearly more than the total daily intake experts recommend for adults.

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Steven John
Steven John is a freelancer writer for Eat This, Not That! based just outside New York City. Read more about Steven