Corner Bakery Café announced the company signed a new multiunit development agreement with Half Baked LLC to open its first restaurants in Central and Eastern Tennessee as well as the state of Kentucky beginning next year and the remaining sites over the next nine years.

The group of veteran hospitality operators joins a roster of 28 franchise partners. With 55 open franchise cafes and development commitments for more than 350, Corner Bakery Cafe continues on its goal to more than double its U.S. footprint in the next three years.

“We’ve been looking to expand our portfolio into fast-casual for a about five years now, and we feel that Corner Bakery Cafe is the perfect partner and concept for this move,” says Dan Davis, president of Rafferty’s and partner of Half Baked LLC. “We believe Corner Bakery Cafe is a great brand with quality menu items. Some of the things that we found exceptional about the brand are the breadth of the menu and its operational excellence.”

Currently, the fast-casual chain is also looking to expand to new markets in Alabama, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio, among others.

“We’re thrilled to announce this great news regarding our latest development agreement, and expanding the reach of our signature neighborhood bakery cafe experience into new markets such as Nashville and Kentucky,” says Gregg Koffler, vice president of franchise sales for Corner Bakery Cafe. “Neighborhoods are an important part of both communities, and we are confident that our cafes will quickly become a local favorite in these new markets.”

Corner Bakery Cafe’s menu features hot breakfast scramblers, signature panini and sandwiches, soups, salads, pastas, and sweets while providing a place to gather with family and friends. With more than 160 company-owned and franchised locations in 17 states and Washington, D.C., Corner Bakery Cafe provides a robust catering platform, presenting fresh food packaged for delivery or pick up.

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