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If you’re a fan of ButterBurgers, cheese curds, and frozen custard, you’ll want to keep reading.

Culver’s, a popular hamburger chain focused primarily in the Midwest, is growing by at least 51 restaurants through the remainder of 2024, a company spokesperson confirmed to USA TODAY. The news was first reported by Eat This, Not That!

“There’s always the possibility that we open more, but the current projections and development paths are for 51,” Eric Skrum, director of public relations and communications at Culver’s, told USA TODAY on Friday.

Which states will get new Culver’s restaurants?

The chain confirmed by Skrum will not be expanded to new states.

“Arkansas was the last new state we entered two years ago,” Skrum said. “Our current focus is to build within our current footprint.”

According to franchise documentation, the company plans to open new restaurants in the following states in 2024:

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Wisconsin

Culver has been named Fodor’s Best Fast Food Restaurant in the US

Culver’s was named the best fast food restaurant in the United States by Fodor’s Travel.

Fodor’s Geena Truman wrote that she spent a year “driving across the US on a quest to eat (and experience) the true culture of America.” She ranked twelve fast-food chains and left out major companies such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King.

The article said Culver’s “gives the outward appearance of fast food, but outperforms all the others in terms of taste.”

The hamburger chain was founded in 1984 in Sauk City, Wisconsin by George, Ruth, Craig and Lea Culver. According to its website, the chain currently has more than 900 family-owned businesses in 26 states.

Contributing: Jessica Rodriguez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Gabe Hauari is a national trending news reporter at USA TODAY. You can follow him on X @GabeHauari or email him at [email protected].