Coming soon: Midwesterners looking forward to butterburgers in Jupiter

3:08 p.m Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 Local

Culver’s Butterburger & Frozen Custard, a popular Wisconsin-based restaurant chain in the upper Midwest, plans to open on Dec. 5 on the west side of Military Trail.

And that makes Minocqua, Wisconsin native Brett Boettge a very happy — and hungry — man.

“A double butter burger deluxe and a custard flavor of the day. That’s what I’m looking forward to,” said Boettge, who has lived in Jupiter about 5 years.

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Monday, Dec. 5 will be a big day for the restaurant chain established in 1984 in Sauk City, Wis. by dairy farmers George and Ruth Culver. Eight Culver’s restaurants are planned to open, the most ever in one day.

The Jupiter restaurant will be the first in Palm Beach County, the 40th in Florida, including Orlando, Daytona Beach, Tampa and Naples. The Jupiter restaurant will be Culver’s 604th nationwide, said Culver’s founder and interim Chief Executive Officer Craig Culver.

“Community involvement is a big part of our business. Our restaurants hold Share Nights. A portion of the proceeds those nights go to local organizations,” said Culver.

Customers can expect to see many current and former students of William T. Dwyer and Jupiter Community High schools working at the restaurant.

About one-third of the 70 employees are expected to be from the schools, said Jupiter resident and former Realtor Debbie Naylon, Culver’s co-owner whose restaurant experience goes back to working at Harpoon Louies, now the location of U-tiki across from the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.

One of those working at Culver’s will be kitchen manager Colton Caliguria, 22, a 2012 graduate of the Jupiter High Culinary Academy.

“I’m looking forward to sharing the passion I have for the restaurant business with other students,” Caliguria said.

Salted double caramel pecan will be the flavor for opening day, said Jupiter resident Dorothy Thomson, a former Milwaukee resident and the other co-owner.

The Culver’s restaurant is being built on the 29-acre site of the 348-unit Barcelona Apartments, formerly Whitehaven Senior Mobile Home Park. About 42,000 square feet of commercial space under construction includes Culver’s, more restaurant space and medical offices.

The property is owned by FLF 1030 Commercial, LLC. The company owns Downtown Abacoa. The Jupiter-based company recently bought 58 vacant acres on the northeast corner of I-95 and Indiantown Road. The owners plan a business park.