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Burger King ‘Zee Expands Reach in Colorado


With her husband Ken, Burger King franchisee Elena Donahue (pictured) now owns 60 restaurants in Colorado and Ohio.

Denver-based Ocedon, a restaurant management company and Burger King franchisee, added to its unit count in Colorado with the acquisition of 11 additional BK stores in the Denver area.

Since purchasing their first three Burger King restaurants in the Denver market in 2002, franchisees Ken and Elena Donahue have grown their footprint under Ocedon to 60 locations, with 34 Burger Kings in Colorado and 26 in Ohio. In 2017 Ocedon was ranked No. 184 on Franchise Times’ Restaurant 200, an exclusive ranking of the top 200 franchised restaurant owners in the United States. 

The newly acquired restaurants were purchased from Your Way Enterprises and most will be remodeled and upgraded with new equipment, according to the Donahues.

“This recent acquisition helps us maintain our overall diversified growth plan,” said the Donahues in a news release. “We have a variety of other opportunities we’re exploring at this point as well. We’re determined to keep growing so there’s never a dull moment in our company.”

Ken Donahue began his quick-service restaurant career with Burger King as a teen. A 40-year veteran of the industry, Donahue has also held positions with McDonalds, Jack in the Box and Long John Silvers, among others. Besides working for existing franchises, Donahue was involved in the creation of new restaurant concepts including Clucker’s Oak Roasted Chicken and South Beach Café, both located in the Miami, Florida area.

Burger King operates 15,000-plus restaurants worldwide. The system is about 99.5 percent franchised.

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