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Freddy's to expand footprint in Houston

The new Houston deal continues the growth trajectory for Freddy’s.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is continuing its push towards 800 restaurants by 2026 with new locations in the Lone Star State.

In its latest expansion, the fast-casual chain has inked a new 20-unit development deal to bring new stores to Houston. The agreement comes from franchise group Lone Star Custard, comprised of John, Nick and Joe DePinto – three brothers who were raised just outside of Dallas. In addition to the 20 restaurants in development, the DePinto brothers also acquired 18 existing Freddy’s locations in the Houston market as part of the deal.

The new Houston deal continues the growth trajectory for Freddy’s. As of January, the chain had over 130 locations in development for the year. It previously announced that its goal was to open 800 restaurants by 2026. 

"We are immensely proud of the impressive growth and success the DePinto brothers have accomplished in the few short years since they began franchising with Freddy's," said Andrew Thengvall, chief development officer. "Their achievements underscore the strength of our franchise system. We're excited to continue supporting Lone Star Custard as they bring Freddy's signature quality and hospitality to even more communities across Texas."

Lone Star Custard is well-versed in the Freddy's business model since beginning franchising with the brand in 2022. Prior to this agreement, they had 24 restaurants open throughout Texas, including locations in the San Antonio, Austin and Rio Grande Valley markets.

"Freddy's resonates with us so deeply, from the military values woven throughout the brand, to their high-quality food and unwavering commitment to service, and as a franchisor, Freddy's offers invaluable guidance and support that is especially critical for us as franchisees,” said Nick DePinto. “We're incredibly proud to be a part of a brand like Freddy's and we're thrilled to continue growing the brand in Texas.”

Founded in Wichita, Kas. and known for cooked-to-order steakburgers, shoestring fries, freshly churned frozen custard treats and more, Freddy’s operates over 530 locations across 36 states.

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