Industry News | April 15, 2016

Sharky's Opens First Location Beyond California

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Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill, a premium fast-casual restaurant and lifestyle brand offering an award-winning and innovative Mexican-inspired menu, has opened its first location outside of California in Tualatin, Oregon. Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill now has a total of 24 restaurants, with plans to strategically open additional corporate and franchise locations in the Western United States, including California, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, and Colorado.

Sharky’s was founded in 1992 by CEO Steven Paperno, who wanted to combine the variety of flavors he enjoyed traveling through Mexico with his passion for healthy living. With a mission to offer an alternative to processed and unhealthy foods, Paperno set out to create a welcoming dining experience where guests “Feel Good About Eating.” Sharky’s offers a variety of flavorful, inventive, and made-to-order menu items made with fresh, natural, organic, or locally sourced ingredients combined with unique stone oven and mesquite-grill cooking styles for enhanced flavor.

“Portland is the ideal market for Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill to open its first restaurant outside our home base of Southern California,” says Steven Paperno, founder and CEO, Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill. “As more Americans continue to embrace healthier dining and lifestyle options, Sharky’s is in an optimal position to steadily grow into new markets in the Western United States during the next few years.”

The new Sharky’s in Tualatin is located at 7715 SW Nyberg Street at the Nyberg Rivers Shopping Center. It is locally operated by Charise Sargent, a Portland-area resident with strong ties to the local community. The 2,800-square foot restaurant comfortably seats more than 80 guests inside and outside under a covered patio. Hours of operation are from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.

“There really is no restaurant concept like Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill, and I’m delighted to bring its inspired Mexican menu offerings to Tualatin,” Sargent says. “For 24 years, Sharky’s has stayed true to its mission of offering an inspired, better-for-you menu that doesn’t compromise on flavor or ingenuity, and that will resonate strongly among our guests in Oregon.”

At Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill, guests can choose from burritos filled with organic beans and rice and all-natural, mesquite-grilled chicken or beef; marinated, mesquite-grilled organic tofu tacos; superfood salads with organic greens and quinoa; stone-fired pizzas; and many other hand-crafted, fresh and nutritionally dense choices. Sharky’s menu accommodates a variety of different lifestyles and dining choices, including vegetarian, vega,n and gluten-free.

Sharky’s in Tualatin also features a stellar selection of local craft beers, ciders, and Komubucha such as: 2 Towns Bright Cider, Full Sail Session Wheat, Gilgamesh Terry Porter, Deschutes Fresh-Squeezed IPA, Cascade Locks Hopsmack IPA, Georgetown Beer Manny Pale Ale, and Dr. Brew Clear Mind Komubucha. Handcrafted seasonal beverages include a flavorful selection of sangrias and lemonades including Watermelon Basil, Pineapple Lime, Blueberry Mint, Strawberry Cilantro, and Honeydew Cucumber. Infused teas include Hibiscus Ginger Green Tea, Cinnamon Orange Black Tea, and Pineapple Ginger Tropical Tea. 

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