Fort Mill Times

Hwy 55 opens new burger restaurant in Fort Mill

Chris LaCoe cooks up the first burgers Monday at Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries in Fort Mill.
Chris LaCoe cooks up the first burgers Monday at Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries in Fort Mill.

One man’s dream just became someone else’s lunch and dinner.

Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries opened Monday at Springfield Town Center. The retro-themed restaurant will employ 30. Based in Goldsboro, N.C., Hwy 55 has locations in seven states.

Owner Parrish Thorne resigned from a Charlotte real estate career to fulfill his dream of opening a restaurant. He last managed a restaurant two decades ago, but grew up with Hwy 55’s founders and liked the business model.

“The atmosphere is fantastic,” he said. “We’re looking to become a part of the community, and the food here is just top notch.”

Food is cooked to order, he said. Thorne also believes Springfield Town Center is primed to bring in customers.

“There’s a lot of new homes and apartments coming to the area and I looked for eight months before I found the perfect spot,” he said, “and I think I’ve done just that.”

Fort Mill Mayor Danny Funderburk helped with the ribbon cutting Monday. Funderburk sees the potential of Springfield Town Center, which as of Monday had Great Clips and Hwy 55 open.

Harris Teeter opens Wednesday and others signed on include i-Color Nail Bar, Papa John’s, Cherry Asian Fusion, The Cleaners and US-K Martial Arts. With the fast pace of residential growth in town, Funderburk said he’s glad to see some counter balance in new development.

“What we’re excited about is that these rooftops are starting to lead to some commercial development,” Funderburk said. “Much of what you see on the commercial side is driven by rooftops.”

Hwy 55 is at 516 Mercantile Place, suite 102. For more information, go to

John Marks •  803-547-2353