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Clarke Merrell

Founder and CEO

Dank Burrito Founder Clarke Merrell

The Story Behind Dank Burrito’s Fresh-To-Death Take On Burrito Restaurant Franchises

This isn’t your typical burrito joint. We use global flavors, fresh-to-death ingredients and chef-inspired techniques to make burritos, tacos, and bowls that you simply cannot find anywhere else.

About Our Founder

Clarke Merrell is the Executive Chef and Owner of several restaurants in North Carolina, including Dank Burrito, Circa 81 Tapas & Cockatileria, Beaufort Olive Oil Company, and Merrell Estate & Gardens.

Clarke’s creativity can be seen in every aspect of his businesses – from the custom-built coppertop bar at Circa 81 to the iconic graffiti design at Dank Burrito. Clarke grew up working in the restaurant industry with his parents, who took over operations at Atlantic Beach’s DJ Shooters in 1988.

He graduated with a degree in Culinary Arts from the Florida Culinary Institute and has worked with some of the most talented chefs around the country.