UFood Restaurant Group, Inc. announced today that its Texas franchisee, Puente-Brancato Enterprises, Inc., has signed a lease agreement for a UFood Grill Restaurant in Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas (Texas) County’s public hospital. UFood Restaurant Group’s other nontraditional restaurants are located at airports in Boston, Massachusetts and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. Puente-Brancato Enterprises, Inc. also owns and operates the UFood Grill at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (“DFW”) in Terminal B. UFood Grill has also recently signed a lease agreement for its second location in Boston Logan Airport.
Parkland is a 685-bed hospital with 9,000 employees including 1,300 physicians, 2,300 registered nurses and 1,200 fellows and residents. Parkland is one of the country’s busiest hospitals with more than 56,000 adult and neonatal admissions, 130,000 emergency department visits and 970,000 clinic/health center visits annually. Management expects the restaurant to be opened by December 1, 2009.
Gina Puente-Brancato, the chief executive officer of Puente-Brancato Enterprises, Inc., states, “We are excited to be opening our second UFood Grill Restaurant because of the success our group has had at our DFW location. As a large operator of 20 other business entities at DFW, we have been impressed with the accomplishments we have experienced and the potential for growth of the UFood Grill Restaurant concept. We are very pleased to have been selected by one of the country’s best and largest hospitals. The UFood concept is a natural fit for hospitals looking to provide its employees, patients, and guests.”