Russo’s Restaurants Pursue Development in Florida

Russo's Restaurants Pursue Development in Florida

On the heels of Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen’s one year anniversary of their first restaurant in South Florida, Chef Anthony Russo, founder of Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, will be educating attendees about the company’s franchise opportunities at the Franchise Expo South taking place from January 11-13, 2013 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Russo, the founder of Texas-based Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, will be exhibiting during show hours at booth No. 705.

The Russo’s brand has established itself as a leader in coal-fired New York style pizza and authentic Italian meals throughout the South. With 28 restaurants open and operating through Texas, Florida, Tennessee and Arkansas – the company is targeting Florida with plans to open 20-25 restaurants in the next several years.

“My first year in business as a Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen owner has been an experience of a lifetime,” said Karla Tomas, owner of the Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen in Pembroke Pines, FL. “Russo’s has provided us with the blueprint to make our first year of business a success. The Russo’s franchise model, including the ongoing support from corporate and fellow franchise owners, has helped us create a winning recipe in the community.”

Russo’s menu items remain focused on traditional Northern and Southern Italian favorites, with the company’s classic New York style pizzas headlining the offerings. Recipes dating back to Chef Anthony’s grandparents are featured, including fresh pastas such as Gnocchi Bolognese, seafood and chicken dishes such as Past Di Mare and Chicken Picatta, and delectable desserts including handcrafted Zeppole and authentic New York Cheesecakes.

“Our time in South Florida so far has been very successful and we look forward to expanding the Russo’s concept across new territories in the local market,” said Russo. “Opening a Russo’s restaurant is the perfect business opportunity to offer the local community a true Italian dining experience. We have prime real estate locations varying from 1500-5000 sq. ft. available for investment.”

The Russo’s franchise opportunity is available to single and multi-unit franchise owners looking for business opportunities across the United States, as well as internationally in countries such as Lebanon, Oman, Turkey and Eastern Europe. For veterans interested in opening a Russo’s franchise, the franchise fee is reduced by $10,000.

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