Colorado-based Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, a fast casual restaurant concept serving authentic Mediterranean recipes, is opening its second Orange County, California, franchise location Saturday, July 13, at 6278 Irvine Blvd. in Irvine.
The new restaurant is the Mediterranean concept’s 23rd location and the sixth franchise store to open to date. It is owned and operated by Garbanzo franchisee EOI Capital, which has the rights to develop up to 20 locations in Orange County east of I-5.
“We are very proud to be opening a second Orange County location in only two months,” says Bob Bafundo, Garbanzo vice president of company and franchise operations. “EOI Capital is a strong partner with a fantastic vision for helping spread the Garbanzo experience throughout Southern California.”
“Southern California is an ideal region for us with its temperate climate, health conscious residents and various cuisine options,” says Alon Mor, Garbanzo founder, president, and CEO. “While we will fit right in, our fresh and authentic food, along with our fast-casual style will help us stand out. We offer guests something unique, craveable, and full of flavor that cannot be found anywhere else.”
Garbanzo offers guests a variety of authentic 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 the pita are made from scratch throughout the day in every restaurant. Additionally, several ingredients are bought locally and some are imported directly from the Mediterranean region.