Chicago / No. of units: 3
Since opening its first location in Chicago's Loop in 2009, I Dream of Falafel has carved a niche by focusing on fresh ingredients, including bread baked on site and meats that are never frozen and are free of preservatives, hormones and additives. With the increasing popularity of Mediterranean food and vegetarian options, brothers Imran and Munaf Kasbati and their partners Shoib Aziz and Henry Nuguid are poised to tap into a growing market. The brand recently announced plans to begin exploring franchising options at a conservative pace, with about 15 locations projected for the Illinois market and others in Midwestern college towns.