Vapiano to add two more US states to its worldwide repertoire
Vapiano, a casual restaurant franchise has announced that it has signed a multi-unit agreement with Blake Kolo that will bring three new locations to Detroit, Michigan and Atlanta, Georgia metro areas. Vapiano was recently named one of 2008’s ‘Hot Concepts!’ by Nation’s Restaurant News and received the European Hot Concept Blake Kolo explained, “I was traveling overseas on business and kept hearing great things about Vapiano. I went to a couple different locations and it was always packed. It has an amazing atmosphere unlike any I have experienced in the U.S.” He is, he says, hoping to have his first restaurant up and running within the next eight to ten months in the Detroit metro area.
According to the information provided, Vapiano plans to open over 80 new restaurants in the next four to eight years, expanding its presence in North America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Vapiano International currently operates nearly 35 restaurants in nine countries and expects to open 20 new locations by the end of 2008. In the U.S. alone the company has, besides those mentioned above, completed development franchise contracts for six stores in Southwest Florida, ten in Dallas and three in Boston. New international restaurants are already in the making throughout Estonia, South Poland, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, UAE, Lebanon, Egypt, Bahrain, Omar and Qatar. International locations already in operation include 21 in Germany and one in Belgium, Estonia, London, The Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.
Vapiano is, it says, an innovative European concept serving made-to-order fire roasted pizzas, fresh, house-made pasta and hand tossed gourmet salads. The restaurants’ innovative, self-service technology and unmistakable upscale décor has created a huge customer fan base and helped fuel the company’s worldwide expansion. Restaurants are 5,000-8,000 square feet and have seating for 150 guests. (kbp)