B.good burger franchise coming to Portland

By: Meredith Goad, Portland Herald Press

PORTLAND — A Bangor physician and his son are opening a b.good burger franchise in the Old Port spot formerly occupied by 15 Exchange Grille and Walter’s.

The new restaurant, located at 15 Exchange St., is expected to open in June and will serve fast food-style burgers and fries made with local ingredients – or, as the chain’s motto puts it, “food made by people, not factories.”

The beef, chicken and turkey burgers will be made with meat from local farms, and the salad ingredients will change with the seasons, depending on what local farmers have available.

Dr. Ben Zolper and his son, Bill, plan to open two other b.good restaurants in southern Maine as well, but those locations have not yet been determined.

Bill Zolper is a former basketball player for the University of Southern Maine who graduated in 2011 with a business degree. He discovered the b.good chain in Boston and then asked his father to go into business with him.

The Boston-based chain was founded in 2004 by Anthony Ackil and Jon Olinto, and today has nine corporate-owned restaurants in the Boston area. A franchise location opened in Shrewsbury, Mass. in March.

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