First Hamilton location for burger, fries and shakes chain


Published July 28, 2022 at 1:35 pm

Another option to get a milkshake to go with that burger and fries will be opening in West Hamilton on Monday.

Boardwalk Fries Burgers Shakes, which is eyeing an eventual expansion to 200 locations nationwide, is set to open in the Main West maill (1685 Main St. W.). Boardwalk’s website says the new location is opening Aug. 1, on the Civic Holiday.

Boardwalk expanded into Canada in 2014, when owners Sajid Khan and Boris Javorski brought the brand into Canada. Its first locations in Canada were in Alberta, mostly in the Calgary area. Ontario and British Columbia are the new territories where it is hoping to get traction. Boardwalk restaurants have already opened in Milton, Mississauga and Waterloo.

Not unlike its competitors in the quick-service restaurant game, Boardwalk trumpets a menu of “fresh, never frozen hand-made burgers, creamy Canadian dairy shakes, sweet potato fries, poutine, veggie burgers (and) chicken options.”

The beachy name owes to sibling cofounders Dave and Fran DiFerdinando. Four decades ago, the Maryland-based brothers started Boardwalk as a location that focused on fries that were made from a proprietary recipe and were lightly salted, in order to evoke the vibes from childhood family trips to Ocean City, Md., where there is a boardwalk on the beach near the Atlantic Ocean. The menu has grown since, as has the chain, which has more than 750 locations.

While beef burgers and the fries seem to be an obvious feature, Boardwalk does give consideration to people whose ‘hangrer’ is more herbivorous. It has two options for veggie burgers — Beyond Meat and Organic Veggie. The signature Boardwalk Salad also has the option for a salmon patty.

The shakes menu’s unique flavours include peanut better, as well as cookies & cream.

Boardwalk locations also have a children’s menu.

More info about the chain is available at

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