This restaurant could come to State College, but someone has to bite

Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes could be coming to State College.
Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes could be coming to State College. Photo provided

A little pinch of the Lone Star State could be coming to Happy Valley.

Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes hopes to find an entrepreneur who will open a franchise in State College, according to Mooyah Director of Franchise Sales Jordan Duran. Franchise partners have opened a location in Dickson City and signed an agreement for the Philadelphia area.

Duran called the Texas-based chain a fast-casual restaurant with better burgers and high-end food quality. He said the company wants to take a “natural” east to west movement across Pennsylvania. The company, he said, also has high success in college communities while still appealing to families, making State College a targeted town.

“Our quality is the difference maker, 100 percent Angus beef,” Duran said. “Everything is fresh and never frozen.”

The menu includes turkey burgers, black bean veggie, grilled chicken and “protein variety and freshness that really helps us standout.”

Interested franchisees should have $250,000 liquid capital and have a net worth of $600,000, according to Duran. He also said potential franchisees should have “the hospitality gene,” and business and leadership experience.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli