Industry News | January 11, 2010

UFood Grill Moving In at Dallas Hospital

Fast-casual restaurant UFood Grill announced that it replaced McDonald's at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

"Parkland has kept the Dallas community healthy for more than 115 years, and offering nutritious meals for our hospital's patients, visitors, and staff is an important part of that mission. UFood Grill certainly fits that mold," says John Haupert, chief operating officer of Parkland Health & Hospital System.

In order to bring UFood Grill to the Parkland campus, UFood Restaurant Group Inc.'s Texas franchisee, Puente Concessions Inc., won a competitive bid process to be the new food vendor at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Puente Concessions Inc. operates a UFood Grill Restaurant in Terminal B of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Puente Concessions Inc. will operate both UFood Grill and Urban Taco at the Parkland location.

"Puente Concessions Inc. has more than 20 years of experience at serving high volume, non-traditional locations, so my family and I are thrilled to operate these two healthy and delicious concepts to serve the Parkland community," says Gina Puente-Brancato, CEO and owner of Puente Concessions Inc.

"There is no better environment for nutritious meals than a hospital,” says UFood Grill's chairman and CEO, George Naddaff. “We are very proud to have been given the opportunity to be Parkland Memorial's first provider of healthy food offerings. Our brand, UFood Grill, and our motto of 'feel great. eat smart,' will more than satisfy the consumer in terms of healthy and delicious food.”

The new UFood Grill Restaurant location will provide healthful, nutritious fare to employees and visitors at Parkland Memorial Hospital, one of the nation's busiest public hospitals. The 8,200-square foot space will accommodate 270 sit-down diners, as well as offer to-go service at the counter. To celebrate the grand opening, UFood Grill will offer four Real Deal combo meals for $6.99 each—Cheeseburger, UnFries, and a drink; Buffalo Blue Chicken Wrap, UnFries, and a drink; Tomato Bruschetta, UnFries, and a drink; or a Bistro Salad and a drink.

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