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Favorite Austin burger chain moves forward with first drive-thru in Georgetown
The rhythms of daily life may have come to a grinding halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, but at least one local restaurant group is moving forward with plans to open a new location. Beloved local burger joint P. Terry’s Burger Stand will open its first Georgetown location at 1421 S. I-35 on March 26 in the Wolf Crossing development.
The opening will be a more subdued affair than usual for the company. According to a release, the location will operate as a drive-thru only until further notice. Despite not immediately running a dining room, 65 new employees were hired to serve the familiar menu of burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries, and shakes.
To help with extra income during economic uncertainty, P. Terry’s is also providing its crew with paid volunteer opportunities at organizations like the Central Texas Food Bank and Dell Children’s Medical Center.
The Georgetown location is the latest move in P. Terry’s ambitious expansion plans. In February 2019, co-founder Patrick Terry announced he was handing over the CEO reigns to former Whataburger and Taco Cabana executive Todd Coever, teasing it was a start of a new era for the mini-chain.
That plan has already seen the company branch out from Austin, where it was founded in 2005. In a release announcing a San Antonio location opening in fall 2020, P. Terry’s also revealed that the brand would be settling into Pflugerville and New Braunfels in the upcoming year. It’s unclear if the current health crisis will change those plans.
Throughout all the growth, P. Terry’s has hinted that the Central and South Texas expansion may be just the beginning.
Echoing previous statements he has given to CultureMap, Terry said in a January release, "This year, as we continue to dip our toe outside of the Austin market, it should give us a good barometer for future growth in Central Texas and beyond."