Industry News | September 21, 2017

The Gyro Shack Makes Lakewood Debut

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Idaho’s Hercules of Greek cuisine, The Gyro Shack, announced today that its first Lakewood, Washington, location will open on October 9. Located at 10519 Bridgeport Way Southwest, The Gyro Shack will feature made-to-order gyros with meat carved Off the Spit and fresh ingredients piled high.

Todd and Kelly Mulvahill, the locally based entrepreneurial couple that owns and operates The Gyro Shack, plan to open 13 additional locations in the area. Their first restaurant will be open daily from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Together, the Mulvahills are in the process of hiring and training a staff of 10 to 20 people to handle day-to-day operations including cashiers and kitchen staff.

“We opened our very first restaurant, Papa Murphy’s, in Lakewood back in 1995, so it’s only fitting that begin our journey with The Gyro Shack in the same incredible community,” says Todd, who together with Kelly has more than 22 years of experience in the restaurant industry. “We have called Pierce County home for the last 22 years, and we couldn’t be more excited to launch this gyro option for our friends and family.”  

The Mulvahills enjoy giving back to the Pierce County and the three night VIP grand opening events are a testament to that. The first night will be a night to thank their Papa Murphy’s employees, the second night will acknowledge employees from the city of Lakewood and the local YMCA and the third night will recognize the local military heroes at Joint Base Lewis/McChord. 

“Todd and I have never tasted a gyro so fresh, one bite and we were hooked,” says Kelly. “We know The Gyro Shack will become a staple in the area and are looking forward to opening more locations down the line.”

Founded by the Zaharioudakis family in Boise, The Gyro Shack has long been known as a fast, affordable option for delicious Greek food. With recipes based on those lovingly crafted by its founder, the brand continues to corner the market on expedient and uncommonly inventive gyro options that redefine quick-service Mediterranean cuisine.

Devoted fans can join a loyalty program that allows customers to earn points per dollar spent, receiving $5 toward their next purchase just for signing up and another $5 reward for every 50 points earned.

Gyro offerings at the Lakewood location range from the traditional to the extraordinary, such as the BLT and the Spicy Bacon Avocado. Vegetarian lovers of Mediterranean fare will also find plenty to tempt their palates, including a veggie gyro, Greek salad, and hummus and pita. The tzatziki and spicy green sauces are a delicious way to top off any order to perfection.

On the heels of The Gyro Shack opening in Lakewood, the brand is driving its Pacific Northwest expansion with more than 22 locations planned for the region.

In addition to the exceptional customer experience, The Gyro Shack offers a distinctive franchisee experience that sets the brand apart. As a franchise run by former franchisees with more than 35 years of combined franchising experience, Brink and CEO Doug Miller manage The Gyro Shack with its franchisees’ best interest in mind.

The Gyro Shack is always looking for qualified franchisee applicants in the Pacific Northwest. The brand is seeking current multi-unit franchisees with restaurant experience. The minimum number of franchises sold to an individual group is three.

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