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Dawsonville will get state's first Culvers burger joint
Fast-casual chain specializes in butter burgers, frozen custard
Culver's vanilla custard

A restaurant chain specializing in burgers and frozen custard will open its first Georgia location in Dawson County.

Culver’s, which opened its first restaurant in 1984 in Sauk City, Wisconsin, is a fast-casual chain with more than 550 independently owned and operated restaurants in 22 states

The new restaurant, located at 252 S. 400 Center Lane, between Captain D’s and Zaxby’s in Dawsonville, will seat 108 guests and is expected to be completed within 120 days of its groundbreaking this week.

The signature items at Culver’s are butter burgers, served on lightly buttered toast buns, and fresh frozen custard.

“Wonderfully luscious and rich, it contains less air so it’s creamier and more decadent than ordinary ice cream,” says the Culver’s website in describing the frozen custard. “And because it’s served at a temperature that won’t freeze your taste buds, you actually experience the flavor longer.”

The restaurant highlights a custard flavor of the day at each of its locations to encourage customers to try a different flavor.

In addition to burgers and custard, Culver’s also serves Wisconsin cheese curds, North Atlantic cod, chili cheese fries, chicken fingers and chicken sandwiches, among other items, plus shakes, malts, root beer floats and seasonal “sweet-and-summery” Lemon Ice.

A groundbreaking is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Friday for the restaurant that will be owned and operated by Tapasvi Jaiswal and business partner Manish Shah. Culver’s co-founder Craig Culver will be on hand for the event.

“Dawson County has the unique distinction of being the first location for a Culver’s in the entire state of Georgia,” said Charlie Auvermann, executive director of the Development Authority of Dawson County. “More restaurants are expected around the state in coming months.”