Fast-Casual Franchises: What You Need to Know About This Growing Industry

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At Great Greek Mediterranean Grill, freshness and quality are among are more prized values, and the fast-casual model allows us to exhibit both. When you’re embarking on the franchise process, you want to be sure you’re making an investment in the best possible restaurant opportunity, run by the best people. There are tons of independently-owned family restaurants, quick-service chains, and sit-down restaurant franchises, but you want to choose a restaurant that distinguishes itself from its competitors, and gives customers a reason to keep coming back. Our quality food and service, combined with the independence you’ll enjoy as a member of a family-owned franchise, makes us one of the premier fast-casual franchises.

Quick Service vs. Fast-Casual Franchises

Before opening a fast-casual franchise, you should really understand what “fast-casual” means. We define it as relaxed dining in a vibrant, family-friendly atmosphere, with both efficient service and quality, authentic food. Our business model emphasizes convenience, affordability, and comfort.

According to Nick Anthony Della Penna, “Some restaurants make the ‘fresh’ claim, but what we consider fresh is lettuce that’s chopped right before it hits your plate. We don’t prep four days in advance; we prep for the meal you’ve ordered. In the fast-casual segment, that makes The Great Greek unique. I think it’s an amazing concept that will quickly become the worldwide leader in fast-casual Greek food.”

In an industry saturated with pre-prepared products, make own sauces from scratch, and ensure that all our produce, meats, and other ingredients are fresh.

The Independence of a Family-Owned Business

Sure, you could choose to franchise with a big chain restaurant with thousands of locations and no personality. Or, you could immerse yourself in the unique environment of a family-owned restaurant, steeped in history, culture, and culinary treasures. Our brand started as a popular Greek-Armenian family-owned restaurant in Henderson, Nevada. Then, co-founders Nick Anthony Della Penna and Trent Jones bought the restaurant, and have continued to expand its customer base ever since.

When you franchise with a family-owned business, there’s a degree of trust and autonomy you just don’t get with other franchises. Our restaurant owners pride themselves on being able to make the important decisions —from choosing a location to designing the menu. That doesn’t mean, however, there isn’t a strong support system in place to help you every step of the way. We assist you with location selection, marketing strategies, and help you learn the nuances of the restaurant business.

“We provide good food and amazing service,” says Della Penna. “All you have to do is get people in the door — just once! Our proven product and quality customer service will take care of the rest.”

If owning a fast-casual franchise sounds like the perfect next step in your career, reach out to us to request more information on how to get started.

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