Huddle House signed a franchise agreement for two new locations in the McAllen, Texas, area.

Charles Justis, a CPA, is set to open the region's first Huddle House restaurant early 2016 and a second location later in the year. Justis says he looks forward to making the transition from crunching numbers to serving up Southern-inspired comfort food as a Huddle House franchisee.

"The idea of a casual dining experience with a value-priced menu and great food that attracts all ages and all demographics is what drew me to the opportunity to open two Huddle House locations in the McAllen area," Justis says. "Whether it's for breakfast, lunch meetings or late night gatherings, I'm confident our locations will quickly become popular gathering places for our community that truly wants 'Any meal. Any time.'"

The new South Texas Huddle House restaurants will be freestanding locations that reflect the 51-year-old chain's new look and branding. Justis says the new restaurants will seat around 100 guests and both locations will be open 24 hours a day.

"What makes opening my Huddle House franchises even more special is that it also happens to be in the city where I've already run a successful CPA business and can now continue that small business success into a new and proven concept like Huddle House," he adds.

Typically open 24 hours, Huddle House serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day, featuring its signature Big House breakfasts, crispy hash browns, creamy grits, golden waffles, and fluffy omelets—all made to order. Other favorites include Big Bold Burgers, Big House sandwich platters, Country Fried Steak with green beans, and Marinated Grilled Chicken with sweet potato fries.

Huddle House currently has more than 400 restaurants open or under development nationwide and is on track to open more than 100 new restaurants over the next three years.

"It's an exciting time to be a Huddle House franchisee. Interest in our franchise opportunity has never been higher as we've seen already this year," Huddle House CEO Michael Abt says. "The Huddle House franchise opportunity has an exceptional average unit sales volume that is attracting both experienced restaurant operators and those who are new to the restaurant industry like Charles, and we expect that demand to continue growing through the rest of 2015."

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