New Burgerville is first in decade

Local chain to open restaurant Monday in Tigard, Ore.

By Cami Joner, Columbian retail & real estate reporter

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Burgerville, the Vancouver-based restaurant chain known for its local ingredients and gourmet burgers, will open a second restaurant in the busy community of Tigard, Ore., on Monday, according to a statement issued Friday.

The Tigard site, at 12785 S.W. Pacific Highway, is the company's first new location in more than a decade and represents zero-net growth for Burgerville. The burger chain last opened a new restaurant in 2001 at Northeast 162nd Avenue and Fourth Plain Boulevard in Vancouver. In September, it shuttered a long-time downtown Vancouver walk-up and the site was cleared to make way for an apartment complex proposed by Prestige Development.

To date, no construction has started on the empty downtown site, a barren sector near Vancouver's vacant former city hall.

By contrast, the new restaurant in Tigard fronts one of the region's busiest highways.

"Ninty-nine West (also called Pacific Highway) is one of the area's highest, in terms of number of cars," said Debi Mollahan, chief executive officer of the 300-member Tigard Area Chamber of Commerce.

Burgerville's written statement said the company has received numerous requests from residents to expand there. Representatives of the chain were not available to comment on the new restaurant, slated to open at 10 a.m. Monday and employ 45 full- and part-time workers.

"I think it's very positive because it's bringing jobs to the local area, plus a really good option for food because (Burgerville) is fresh, local and sustainable," Mollahan said.

Tigard is a suburb of the Portland metropolitan area and home to about 48,000 residents.

Burgerville's new Tigard restaurant will be the company's second in that city. The chain also operates a restaurant at Carman Drive and Interstate 5.