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Fast-food chain Burgerim may be on the brink of filing for bankruptcy. Restaurant Business Online’s Jonathan Maze was first to report that the company has signaled its intent to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and even hired a „chief restructuring officer.“

Restaurant Business Online obtained an email in which company representatives claimed to be „confident that the process of Chapter 11 bankruptcy will lead us to build a solid and healthy company that in turn will help all franchisees across the board.“ The Encino, California-based Burgerim does not appear to have filed for bankruptcy yet, however.

Burgerim did not respond to Business Insider’s request for comment. The company’s voicemail is also completely full, and business representatives did not answer Business Insider’s repeated calls to its headquarters.

As of 2018, Burgerim was considered a sizzling-hot new burger chain, providing customers with highly customizable miniature burgers. The chain’s ChowNow account currently lists 103 open restaurants around the United States, although it is unclear if that number is still accurate.

In November, the chain jumped on the plant-based burger trend by teaming up with Impossible Foods. Diners were offered a free Impossible Burger with their purchases on Black Friday, which fell on November 29. In a press release for that event, Burgerim was listed as having 212 locations.

Cleveland.com reported that Israeli chef Donna Tuchner first opened the business as a single restaurant in Tel Aviv in 2011.

The press release from the Impossible Burger event also listed Israeli entrepreneur Oded Talmor as the chain’s CEO. Talmor’s own LinkedIn profile indicates that he left the role in November.

Burgerim’s website includes a post listing Oren Loni as the company’s president. Loni is listed on the articles of incorporation for Burgerim Group USA, filed in California on October 15, 2014. The corporation’s paperwork was updated as recently as March 25.

Burgerim Group Inc. was incorporated in Delaware on June 19, 2019, and Loni signed a letter giving himself permission to do business in California under the new Delaware-based company.

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