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Bobby Flay’s Burgers Landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Bobby’s Burgers by Bobby Flay will open in RDU by the end of 2024

Celebrity Bobbly Flay points to a sign that reads, “Bobby’s Burgers.”
Will RDU fliers flock to Bobby’s Burgers?
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Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas.

Chef and TV personality Bobby Flay brings his fast-casual restaurant Bobby’s Burgers to Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) late next year. The eatery is Flay’s ode to all things burgers, fries, and shakes. The signature item is a “Crunchburger,” which is a cheeseburger topped with thin crisp potato chips.

In 2014, Flay told Eater Vegas that the menu for Bobby’s Burgers (then called Bobby’s Burger Palace) was based on his travels throughout the United States. “About 10 years ago, one of the shows I had on the Food Network was a show called Food Nation,” he says, “It was a very simple idea. It was a magazine-style show where I would pick a place in America, and I would sort of discover with the viewer the food culture of a particular place. Really, I traveled the entire country through food. If you look at the places on the menu, you can see a lot of the places are represented.”

Indeed, there are burgers named after Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Dallas — perhaps there’s a Carolina version in the works for RDU?