fast-casual restaurant franchise

30 05, 2021

Island Fin Poké: Fresh Food & Great Customer Service

2021-05-30T21:39:50-04:00May 30th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

Established in 2016 by Mark Setterington and Paul Reas, both of whom had a dream to create a fast-casual concept that serves incredible Hawaiian-style poké in a cool, casual environment, Island Fin Poké has since grown to encompass 16 locations open in 7 states and 40 locations sold. By Jessica Jones

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30 05, 2021

Rachel’s Kitchen: Serving Up a Fresh and Diverse Menu

2021-05-30T20:38:47-04:00May 30th, 2021|Tags: , , |

At Rachel’s Kitchen, breakfast is served all day. Offering all of the traditional comfort food basics, like steel-cut oatmeal smothered in strawberries and fluffy buttermilk pancakes topped with chocolate chips and syrup, the smallish bistro franchise serves up more exotic options too. By Jessica Jones

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19 05, 2021

Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen Signs 5-Unit Franchise Deal in Texas

2021-05-19T10:18:31-04:00May 19th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

Authentic Italian Pizza Concept to Open New Locations in Galveston and Spring, TX by End of 2021.

HOUSTON — Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen, a popular Houston-based fast-casual pizza brand, has signed a new multi-unit franchise agreement that will increase Russo’s presence in Texas with new restaurants in Galveston, Bender’s Landing and Spring. The five-unit deal is signed with a local entrepreneurial couple with deep roots in restaurant franchising and are eager to make Russo’s their new family business.

Husband-and-wife team Randy and Ayesha McCoy will open the new Russo’s locations. Randy grew up in Galveston, TX and at age 13 worked his first job at the original Russo’s. Since then, he’s spent years working and managing in the restaurant industry, and also owned and operated an independent pizza shop in the state. Randy’s lifelong goal as an entrepreneur was to own an Italian restaurant in Texas, and he says that when he reached out to Russo’s Founder Anthony Russo to discuss franchising opportunities, it was a moment that his life, career, and goals came full circle.

“This is such an exciting milestone for me and my family because I’m fulfilling a lifelong dream of mine while also planting the seeds for my children’s future and many generations to come. The original Russo’s kitchen was where it all began for me, and that charm and authenticity I fell in love with hasn’t changed a bit. Joining the Russo’s family as a franchisee feels like a dream come true that’s been over 30 years in the making,” said Randy McCoy.

“I’m so excited to welcome Randy back to the Russo’s family and look forward to seeing him grow our brand so even more Texans can try our authentic Italian family recipes I grew up with,” said Chef Anthony Russo, Founder and CEO of Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Restaurants. “In addition to their admirable passion for authentic Italian cuisine, the McCoy’s strong desire to make Russo’s a family business is precisely what Russo’s stands for. This is a special moment for me and the McCoy family because it’s the start of a new legacy that will be passed down for generations and an extension of what Russo’s is all about.”

In addition to the several new restaurants coming to Texas, Russo’s has signed a five-unit franchise agreement to bring restaurants to the Fresno area in California. The brand has also expanded internationally in the Middle East during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Russo’s is known for its New York-style pizza and authentic Italian family recipes. Their scratch Italian kitchen with 650-degree pizza ovens allows franchisees to make unique pizzas that use original recipes, fresh ingredients, and cost-effect measures to provide pizza flavors, unlike anything tasted before. Some fan favorites include Truffle Mushroom, Prosciutto & Burrata, and Prosciutto & Fig pizzas. Other menu items include Truffle Tortellini, Caprese Pasta, Chicken Piccata, Pappardelle Carbonara; as well as gourmet soups, salads, and desserts.

Russo’s restaurants are custom designed with an open kitchen concept, counter service, and limited employees for maximum revenue and lower labor costs. Russo’s lower-than-average labor costs kitchen concept can help franchisees manage the restaurant industry’s nationwide labor shortages, due to the pandemic, and the prospective increase in the minimum wage. According to Russo’s Franchise Financial Performance Average, the average unit volume of each Russo’s franchise location is $980,900; average food costs are 21%; average labor costs are 23%, and the average income is 19.2%. The average store investment ranges from $350,000$895,000. Qualified candidates must have at least $200,000 in liquid capital. For more information, please visit https://www.russosfranchise.com/

ABOUT RUSSO’S NEW YORK PIZZERIA & ITALIAN KITCHEN

Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen is a national and international franchisor of fast-casual New York-style pizza and authentic Italian food dishes. Based in Houston, Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen is composed of 50 corporate and franchised locations across Texas, Oklahoma, and Florida. Their international locations are in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen’s restaurants and their traditional Italian recipes trace their origins to a tight-knit family where the kitchen was the center of all activity. As the son of first-generation Italian immigrants, Chef Anthony Russo, Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen’s Founder and CEO learned authentic Italian recipes at age 12, honed his culinary skills working in his parents’ fine dining Italian restaurant at age 18, and opened his first pizzeria at age 25. After opening three more restaurants, Chef Anthony created Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen by applying his unique, family recipes to a menu featuring New York-style pizza, handcrafted pasta dishes, calzones, salads, sandwiches, soups, and desserts. At its heart, Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen reflects Chef Anthony’s commitment to his New York roots where food and family come first. For more information, visit https://www.russosfranchise.com/.

18 05, 2021

Jon Smith Subs Unveils a Bold New Brand That’s as Fresh as Their Ingredients

2021-05-18T11:54:30-04:00May 18th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

The World’s most beloved local sub shop drives their curiosity factor with expansion across North America.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Established in 1988, Jon Smith Subs, a South Florida-based sub sandwich franchise known for their over-stuffed grilled subs and fresh ingredients, is moving into 2021 with a refreshed brand. The rebranding, which entails the unveiling of a new “modern retro” design with a new logo, tagline and campaign promise is an integrated element of the franchise’s current growth strategy.

Having been in business for over 33 years, the brand decided that it was time for a refresh, building on the solid history and performance over the last few years as a part of United Franchise Group’s affiliated family of brands. The re-branding is accompanied by a bold new logo, refreshed interior design elements, a new tagline, an updated rewards program as well as a new website. Jon Smith Subs’ refreshed brand is intended to reflect the commitment to sparking customers’ curiosity as the franchise is rapidly growing across the country and with their first entry in Canada to open this June.

Jim Butler, President of Jon Smith Subs remarked, “We define ourselves as a curiosity brand. As we’ve opened in new markets, the excitement of ‘something new’ sparks our customers’ interest and they stop in for a visit to find out exactly who we are.” Butler added, “Our growth goals involve continuing to open throughout the USA and international locations and to continue driving our curiosity factor in target markets.

The new tagline, “Love Local, Eat Delicious”, showcases Jon Smith Subs’ culture of investing in their local communities and providing their customers with larger-than-life subs jam packed with flavor. The brand has created the unique experience of offering flexible menus that uniquely provide “local favorites” from their respective regions, including The Gator, The Cuban, Hot Pastrami, The Reuben, and Cajun Chicken; all offer something for the most discriminating sandwich lover. Additionally, they have highlighted how they uniquely offer a scratch-made concept that includes freshly baked bread, hand-grilled sandwich ingredients, and crispy french fries.

“We find it’s important to emphasize that our subs are ‘delicious’, a word that is commonly under-used by brands. Our mouthwatering flavors accompany our messaging around our ‘overstuffed subs’, really emphasizing the hearty portions our patrons are receiving. ” commented Butler, adding, “We find these are all unique factors about our brand that set us apart from our competitors. In the end we want your town to be a Jon Smith Subs town!”

Accompanying their new tagline is the introduction of Jon Smith Subs’ new campaign “Bring Your Big Mouth!” The rewards program, referred to as BYBM, provides their customers with updates on special event, new menu items, menu reviews and more.

Currently Jon Smith Subs has franchise agreements in place for over 38 locations domestically and internationally. The brand continues to receive high interest in multi-unit franchise development deals.

To learn more, please visit: https://jonsmithsubsfranchise.com/

About Jon Smith Subs

Jon Smith Subs was founded in 1988 in Palm Beach County, Florida with the commitment to serve the absolute highest quality overstuffed, marinated grilled sirloin steak, real chicken breast and fresh giant deli subs. With a pledge to use the highest quality meats and ingredients and bake their bread fresh every day and offer made to order fries! Jon Smith Subs guarantees large-portioned, mouth-watering subs that are fresh and delicious.

About United Franchise Group

Led by CEO Ray Titus, United Franchise Group is home to a variety of brands including Signarama, Fully Promoted, Experimax, Jon Smith Subs, Venture X, Transworld Business Advisors, Network Lead Exchange, Accurate Franchising, ROI and The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill. With over three decades in the franchising industry and more than 1600 franchisees throughout the world, United Franchise Group offers unprecedented leadership and solid business opportunities for entrepreneurs.

11 05, 2021

Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Scratch Kitchen Signs a Multi-Unit Franchise Agreement in Fresno California

2021-05-11T09:53:48-04:00May 11th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

Authentic Italian Pizza concept to Open in Fresno by Fall 2021.

HOUSTON — Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen, a popular Houston-based fast-casual pizza brand, has signed a five-unit franchise agreement in Fresno California. The multi-unit deal is with a local entrepreneurial couple who fell in love with the food and decided to bring the pizza concept to their town.

The five restaurants will be owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Katharina and Don Haines. Don comes from an Italian family and Katharina spent most of her life in Europe, so it was important for them to invest in a brand with authentic Italian food. While living in Texas, the couple tried Russo’s and found that perfect slice of pizza.

“After trying Russo’s Pizza while living in Houston, it reminded me of the Italian pizza I would eat while growing up in New Jersey, something that is hard to find on the West Coast,” said Don. “You can’t find good authentic Italian pizza for delivery or take-out in Fresno and I’m confident by offering quality Italian food, Russo’s will soon become the go-to Italian restaurant in our area.”

The Haines recently moved back to California and saw a growing demand for authentic Italian cuisine in Fresno. Katharina spent many years working in event management and marketing, while Don spent more than 30 years in the powerplant business gathering over 25 years of management experience. Between both of their backgrounds in business, they say they’re excited about introducing a high quality fast-casual franchise brand like Russo’s in the state of California.

Russo’s is known for its New York-style pizza and authentic Italian family recipes. Their scratch Italian kitchen with 650-degree pizza ovens allows franchisees to make unique pizzas that use original recipes, fresh ingredients, and cost-effect measures to provide pizza flavors, unlike anything tasted before. Some fan favorites include Truffle Mushroom, Prosciutto & Burrata, and Prosciutto & Fig pizzas. Other menu items include Truffle Tortellini, Caprese Pasta, Chicken Piccata, Pappardelle Carbonara; as well as gourmet soups, salads, and desserts.

“I’m so excited to expand our brand into California and have more guests try the recipes that I grew up using with my family,” said Chef Anthony Russo, Founder and CEO of Russo’s. “The Haines’ are extremely passionate about authentic food and good service which will represent Russo’s well as we enter this new state.”

In addition to the new restaurants in California, Russo’s has signed a five-unit franchise agreement to bring restaurants to the Benders Landing area in North Houston and, and additional agreements to bring Russo’s to New Caney Bridgeland, Texas. The brand has also expanded internationally in the Middle East during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Russo’s restaurants are custom designed with an open kitchen concept, counter service, and limited employees for maximum revenue and lower labor costs. Russo’s lower-than-average labor costs kitchen concept can help franchisees manage the restaurant industry’s nationwide labor shortages, due to the pandemic, and the prospective increase in the minimum wage. According to Russo’s Franchise Financial Performance Average, the average unit volume of each Russo’s franchise location is $980,900; average food costs are 21%; average labor costs are 23%, and the average income is 19.2%. The average store investment ranges from $350,000$895,000. Qualified candidates must have at least $200,000 in liquid capital. For more information, please visit https://www.russosfranchise.com/

ABOUT RUSSO’S NEW YORK PIZZERIA & ITALIAN KITCHEN
Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen is a national and international franchisor of fast-casual New York-style pizza and authentic Italian food dishes. Based in Houston, Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen is composed of 50 corporate and franchised locations across Texas, Oklahoma, and Florida. Their international locations are in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen’s restaurants and their traditional Italian recipes trace their origins to a tight-knit family where the kitchen was the center of all activity. As the son of first-generation Italian immigrants, Chef Anthony Russo, Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen’s Founder and CEO learned authentic Italian recipes at age 12, honed his culinary skills working in his parents’ fine dining Italian restaurant at age 18, and opened his first pizzeria at age 25. After opening three more restaurants, Chef Anthony created Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen by applying his unique, family recipes to a menu featuring New York-style pizza, handcrafted pasta dishes, calzones, salads, sandwiches, soups, and desserts. At its heart, Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen reflects Chef Anthony’s commitment to his New York roots where food and family come first. For more information, visit https://www.russosfranchise.com/.