Garbanzo breaks ground in St. Louis

Two St. Louis natives have officially broken ground on their hometown's first Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, according to a company press release.

The unit, 8143 Maryland Ave., in Clayton, Missouri, in St. Louis County, opens in November. In addition to opening the restaurant, Garbanzo is rolling out a food truck there as well. Customers can easily find the truck in real-time by downloading and logging on to the Garbanzo mobile app, according to the release.

"We've planned on bringing Garbanzo's delicious and nutritious recipes to our hometown for quite some time," CEO James Park said in the release. "After extensive research, we have finally found the perfect location for our first St. Louis restaurant and we couldn't be more thrilled to begin construction. We're also excited to bring our Mediterranean cuisine to people across St. Louis using our new food truck. Our cuisine is the kind of food that you can feed your kids without worries about preservatives, MSG or trans fats, and it caters to virtually every diet — from vegan and vegetarian to paleo and meat eaters. Because it's simple, fresh and authentically made, it's become the newest trend in the fast casual segment."

Headquartered in Colorado with 24 locations, the chain is majority-owned by St. Louis real estate investor Michael Staenberg. He plans to open up to 10 restaurants in the area over the next several years. Eddie Cherry, senior leasing representative at The Staenberg Group, is leading the site selection process for the company, according to the release.

Topics: Food Trucks, Operations Management

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