Burger chain to open in Ballarat

The new Grill’d franchise site.

The new Grill’d franchise site.

UPDATE: Grill'd to open in Ballarat on Friday, August 22.

BALLARAT is gearing up to get its own Grill’d. 

The Melbourne franchise burger store is expected to open in June on the corner of Sturt and Albert streets. 

Franchise partners Marietta Thompson and Aaron Bones said they had been in discussion with Grill’d for about 16 months but now the last pieces of the puzzle were coming together.

They have advertised for an assistant restaurant manager and team members and leaders. 

“That’s the next step,” Ms Thompson said. “We need to have an assistant manager and for them to go through an intensive training course and about seven to eight to staff members trained before we open.” 

She said others would be employed following the opening. 

“Aaron and I have always loved the product and eat there whenever we’re in Melbourne,” she said. 

“Grill’d had heard cries from the Ballarat community and were keen to open a restaurant here.

“The meat is from all grass-fed beef and lamb, the eggs and lamb are all free range, which is another thing we love about the Grill’d brand.” 

Grill’d runs a Local Matters program where, through a token system, $500 is split and donated to three community groups each month.

Ms Thompson has a background in human resources and Mr Bones was a physical education and health teacher. 

The business will be located below On Track Fitness, 35-37 Sturt Street.

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