Industry News | November 14, 2013

Garbanzo Opens Doors to First Florida Location

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Colorado-based Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill opened its first Florida location in Boca Raton at 7036 West Palmetto Park Rd. in the Garden Shops shopping center.

The new restaurant is the Mediterranean concept’s 26th location and the eighth franchise store to open to date. It is owned and operated by Garbanzo franchisee Garboca, which has the rights to develop up to 20 locations in the south Florida area and is considering real estate in Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.

“The Garboca group has a very experienced restaurant operations and management team with a keen sense of the south Florida market,” says Bob Bafundo, Garbanzo's vice president of company and franchise operations. “We see considerable growth potential in Boca Raton and surrounding areas, given residents’ existing familiarity with Mediterranean foods and flavors. It will be enjoyable to watch our fresh, healthy, and authentic concept integrate into the Florida community.”

Garbanzo offers guests a variety of Mediterranean items with an emphasis on flavor, freshness, and quality, as well as a healthy trans-fat-free menu. Guests have the ability to customize every meal with items such as pita, laffa, falafel, shwarma, hummus, seasoned rice, sauces, and dressings. All Garbanzo salads and sauces are prepared on-site daily, and pita is made from scratch throughout the day in every restaurant. Additionally, several ingredients are bought locally and some are imported directly from the Mediterranean region.