ARLINGTON Va. Elevation Burger, the five-unit chain specializing in organic burgers and fries cooked in olive oil, signed its first international franchise deal and plans to expand into the Middle East later this year. Based here, the fast-casual burger brand struck a deal with Ali Ashkanani, who said he is scouting real estate sites in Kuwait as part of a multiunit agreement. He said he hopes to open his first location in Kuwait by mid-2010. Hans Hess, founder and chief executive of ...

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