Houston-based Salata has a new franchisee, who has plans to open in two new markets —  San Antonio and Austin, Texas.

Under a franchise agreement, San Antonio restaurateurs Pat Hanlon and Tom McCarthy will open five Salata restaurants in San Antonio and seven in Austin. Their first Salata opens in September in San Antonio's Huebner Oaks Shopping Center.

Hanlon and McCarthy have owned and operated San Antonio's Alamo Café, a Tex-Mex destination, since 1981. After more than 30 years in business together, Hanlon and McCarthy had been searching for a unique franchise opportunity when Hanlon came across Salata on a visit to Dallas.

"We've been looking to expand our company into other sectors of the restaurant industry for a few years and couldn't find anything we were passionate about — until Salata," said Hanlon. "When my daughters took me to Salata in Dallas' Preston Center, we saw everything we cared about in action — impeccable presentation and cleanliness, the highest quality ingredients, and an operator that clearly had pride in what the company was doing."

Houston-based Salata was founded in 2005, by restaurateur Berge Simonian and business partner Tony Kyoumjian.

Hanlon and McCarthy have exclusive rights to open Salata restaurants in the San Antonio and Austin areas, and currently have three restaurants in various stages of development. In addition to the Huebner Oaks location, they will open their second location in the Stone Oak/Sonterra area, at The Plaza at Concord Park by the end of 2013. Their first Austin location will open at The Shops at Arbor Walk in early 2014. Kasey Hanlon, graduate of Oklahoma State University's School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration, will act as their vice president of operations for both the Austin and San Antonio markets.

"Salata's success in Houston and Dallas comes as a result of its offering — people want more fresh and healthy dining options in Texas," said McCarthy. "We are eager to bring Salata's great salads and wraps to San Antonio and Austin."

Salata has 22 locations in Houston, Dallas and Los Angeles. In May, it announced franchise development agreements that would bring 20 new units to Southern California and anticipates growth in additional new markets including Chicago and Atlanta.

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