Australian burger concept heads to US shores

Feb. 17, 2011

On Feb. 25, Sydney, Australia-based Oporto will open its first United States location in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. The restaurant is the first of three locations planned by Cluck Ltd., led by CEO Arnold Dominguez, a former Del Taco executive. Two more locations, in the California cities of Ontario and Glendora, are planned for later this year.

Oporto is Australian for burger; however, this particular burger is made of fresh, grilled chicken.

The successful Australian brand sports a beach theme with a nod to the famous Bondi Beach, home of the first Oporto restaurant. Oporto’s unique menu offers Australian-style food with a Portuguese influence, serving chicken, burgers, grilled chicken, wraps, salads and sides.

Oporto is famous for its signature, proprietary sauces such as Lemon & Herb, Feisty bbq, Prego or Chilli, an Aussie style piri-piri sauce.

The house specialty is the Bondi Burger, featuring two fresh-grilled chicken breast fillets, lettuce, cheese and mayo served with Oporto’s signature Hot Chilli sauce. Oporto also serves "Brekkie" which is Australian for breakfast, including egg and chicken or Aussie-style bacon burgers served with bbq sauce. Australian bacon is made from the pork shoulder and has a distinctive, leaner taste.

“Oporto is an incredible new taste that Americans are going to love. The focus on high quality chicken breast fillets, as burgers, is unlike anything available in the U.S.,” Dominguez said. “In all of my years of restaurant experience, I’ve never tasted anything like a Bondi Burger or the signature Oporto sauces. I’m thrilled to bring this great taste to the U.S.”

Established in 1986, Oporto currently has more than 130 restaurants throughout Australia, New Zealand, the UK and China with more locations planned for 2011.

Topics: Burger/Steak/BBQ , Business Strategy and Profitability , Franchising & Growth

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