Nov. 15 – A third Whataburger opens this week in Colorado Springs, and the local franchisee of the Texas-based hamburger chain is now planning a location in Monument in addition to three other locations already planned for the Springs.
Whataburger’s newest restaurant opens Friday at 11 a.m. on Constitution Ave. 5905, east of Powers Boulevard and Constitution on the east side of Springs.
It follows the February launch of the city’s first Whataburger northwest of the InterQuest and Voyager parkways in northern Colorado Springs, and the September opening of the chain’s second location east of Powers and Dublin Boulevards on the Northeast side.
The third Whataburger will have something the first two don’t: more space.
Typical Whataburgers are about 3,500 square feet, but the Powers and Constitution location will be about 4,000 square feet, said William Tamminga, head of BurgerWorks Colorado, the family-run franchisee based in Lufkin, Texas, who brought Whataburger to Colorado Springs . The franchisee also operates 10 Whataburgers in Texas.
The extra space was made possible by the size of the building that BurgerWorks has remodeled to house its newest restaurant, Tamminga said.
BurgerWorks acquired a 150,000-square-foot building that housed a Big 5 sporting goods store until its closure in 2019. The building was constructed in 1999 as the Rite-Aid pharmacy, although the Springs chain closed stores just two years later.
The franchisee remodeled the building to house the new restaurant, which will have a larger dining room and kitchen than other locations, as well as a patio, Tamminga said. BurgerWorks also turned the pharmacy drive-thru into one for the restaurant, he said.
It’s the largest Whataburger restaurant BurgerWorks has operated to date, he said.
“We turned this big old vacant building into a big Whataburger,” Tamminga said.
“It will be very nice to have more room to manoeuvre,” he added, saying the larger digs would provide more workspace for staff and more freedom of movement for customers.
Most of the rest of the building houses BurgerWorks offices, an employee training center, a conference room and storage areas. The building’s offices and training center were operational long before the restaurant and have been instrumental in helping BurgerWorks prepare for the opening of its first Whataburger in February, he said.
“It’s been an adventure turning the rest into a Whataburger, but it really came together and we’re excited to finally open it,” Tamminga said.
In 2023, BurgerWorks plans to open Whataburgers at 1105 Garden of the Gods Road west of Interstate 25 and at Garden of the Gods on the Northwest side of Springs. at 702 E. Fillmore St., northeast of Fillmore and El Paso streets in north-central part of town; and at 2495 Montebello Square Drive, where BurgerWorks will remodel a vacant Chase Bank building at Academy Boulevard and Montebello in north Colorado Springs.
Also next year, a seventh BurgerWorks’ will open southwest of Colorado 105 and Jackson Creek Parkway in Monument; It was recently approved by city planning officials, Tamminga said.
San Antonio-based Whataburger was founded in 1950 as a roadside hamburger stand in Corpus Christi, Texas, according to the chain’s website. The restaurant’s name, the website states, comes from customers biting into a hamburger and exclaiming, “What a burger!”
The chain now has more than 900 restaurants in 14 states, according to its website. In addition to made-to-order burgers, the extensive Whataburger menu includes chicken sandwiches, patty melts, fries, onion rings, salads, desserts, sodas, shakes and breakfast items.
Whataburger is among the latest well-known national and regional restaurant chains to open in Colorado Springs.
California-based In-N-Out Burger expanded into Colorado, opening its first restaurant in the state on the far north side of Colorado Springs in November 2020. His second restaurant opened a year ago on the east side, and a third is planned on the Garden of the Gods Street.
The three In-N-Out Burger locations are all a short drive from Whataburger; In fact, the two chains are directly across from each other on Constitution Avenue.
Shake Shack, Torchy’s Tacos, Slim Chickens, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers and Old Spaghetti Factory are among the national and regional restaurant brands to open or are on the way in Springs in recent years.