James Park, CEO of Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, announced that industry veteran Larry Sidoti will join the team as Chief Development Officer.

Sidoti brings over 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry with both restaurant and franchise expertise to his new role at Garbanzo. He began his career in the mid 1990s when he founded Juice It Up! Sidoti developed an amazing company culture and grew the concept to over 180 units.

Since departing Juice It Up! in 2008, Larry has served in key operational and development leadership roles with several highly recognized and respected concepts including: Famous Brands (Mrs. Fields and TCBY), Yogurtland, and Ruby’s Diner. Most recently, Sidoti served as the chief development officer at Paris Baguette America where he doubled store count in just 30 months and drove over $52 million in annual sales.

“Larry is an innovative, visionary leader that promotes an empowering culture based on values of transparency, integrity, and respect,” Park says. “He has experienced repeated success in maximizing business growth and will undoubtedly play an instrumental role in accelerating Garbanzo’s productivity and development. We are excited to have Larry join our team.”

Garbanzo’s authentic, nutrient-rich dishes derived from Old World recipes are served with a new twist, but without compromise. Every order is customized to the guest’s liking, from juicy, high-quality meats and salads made from scratch to gyros, wraps and pita baked from scratch all day. Garbanzo is dedicated to satisfying every palate—including vegetarian and gluten-free diners—and believes that “simple tastes better.”

“I’m proud to join a brand that is giving Americans a delicious way to eat healthier food,” Sidoti says. “Garbanzo is already a leader in fast-casual Mediterranean cuisine and has incredible potential to accelerate its success. I’m eager to build off of this momentum and leverage my expertise to take Garbanzo to a whole new level.”

Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh is headquartered in Denver with 27 locations nationwide.

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