BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Valley’s newest fast food restaurant had a lot of customers waiting to get in Monday morning.

Swensons officially opened to the public with workers actually taking in customers 15 minutes early because the long line of cars filled the car-hop’s parking lot on Route 224 in Boardman.

“We’ve been working on this for about two years. Of course, you know, fighting it during the pandemic, trying to get property and everything, but this site came open and it’s just a perfect location for us,” said COO Dan Dalton. “The community’s just been great. I’m so impressed with the folks that we hired here as well from the Boardman community. So it’s great to be part of a family here.”

The new store has about 65 employees but managers said they are looking to hire even more to meet their demand.

On Monday, 4,000 hamburger patties were grilled, which works out to 285 per hour or nearly five every minute.

About 1,000 vehicles waited in line, which is over 71 per hour.

The Boardman location is Swensons’ 19th in the state.