Mr. Beast Burger: YouTuber 'Mr. Beast' brings virtual restaurant to Connecticut

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Mr. Beast is a content-creator on Youtube with over 100 million subscribers, known for his “over-the-top stunts and charitable endeavors.” Now, he has teamed up with the company, “Virtual Dining Endeavors” to bring his virtual restaurant brand, Mr. Beast Burger, to multiple locations throughout Connecticut. 

The virtual restaurant has established itself as statewide, with a total of 19 locations in Connecticut: Avon, Bristol, Danbury, Darien, East Hartford, Enfield, Fairfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Greenwich, New Britain, Newington, North Haven, Norwich, Orange, Rocky Hill, Southington, Vernon and Waterbury.

The concept of the restaurant is a new phenomenon called a “ghost kitchen” where delivery-only food providers like Mr. Beast Burger utilize existing kitchens to fulfill orders. The 19 Mr. Beast Burgers in Connecticut all inhabit various kitchens or restaurants that already existed. The virtual restaurant contracts out the space and the employees so it can have their orders fulfilled without having to hire their own staff or build a physical restaurant. Mr. Beast Burger does not list the Connecticut restaurant or kitchen it operates out of on its website.

The concept of celebrity ghost kitchens are not new to Connecticut as television personality Guy Fieri had locations of his “Flavortown Kitchen” delivery-only restaurant open throughout the Nutmeg State.  Although ghost kitchens have been praised as a way to support restaurants by bringing establishments new streams of revenue, they have also been called exploitative of workers who then have to memorize more menus and orders for the same pay. 

Customers can order only for pick-up or delivery at Mr. Beast Burger— there is no dine-in option. Orders must be placed through the Mr. Beast Burger ordering system or a major food delivery service app. 

Mr. Beast Burger has a menu full of traditional beef burgers, Impossible burgers, fried-chicken sandwiches as well as french fries and dessert. Burgers like “Karl’s Deluxe,” which is listed as  “a patty melt served Karl’s Style with a crispy seasoned beef patty, caramelized onions and cheese on a toasty inverted bun” start at $8.49, and crinkle fries cost $3.99. 

According to the site, internet personality Mr. Beast, who’s legal name is Jimmy Donaldson, opened the first Mr. Beast Burger in North Carolina in 2020, where he gave away money, technology and burgers for a Youtube video, a charitable feat that is a commonality in many of his videos. This was the first and only physical location for the establishment until recently, when he opened a physical location in the American Dream Mall in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sep. 4. 

To date, Mr Beast Burger has over 1,000 “locations” across North America and Europe and plans to continue expanding.