Leading Mediterranean franchise also welcomes an additional trainer and business advisor to franchise support team
The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill, an award-winning fast casual restaurant concept, announced today that it has appointed Angelo Freites to Vice President of Operations. The brand, which experienced its most successful year in company history in 2022, has continued its rapid growth trajectory in the first quarter of 2023, opening two new locations and expanding its footprint into California for the first time. In his new role as Vice President of Operations, Freites will drive operational excellence for The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill, ensuring customer experience satisfaction, unit-level profitability and sales growth, and franchise owner success.
“We are so pleased to welcome Angelo to our growing team to oversee our operations at this exciting time in our brand story,” said Bob Andersen, President of The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill. “Angelo brings with him a wealth of knowledge in restaurant franchise operations, with a career spanning more than four decades. With The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill in position for exponential growth in the coming years, we’re excited to tap into Angelo’s vast expertise and leverage his unique strengths that will further the success of our brand.”
Angelo Freites has had an extensive career in the restaurant and franchising space, with over 40 years of experience serving in various capacities. He has worked his way up from a dishwasher to becoming CEO of a large QSR brand. His experience spans all levels of restaurant site development, management, and operations, and he has owned several leading QSR restaurants as a multi-unit franchisee, including Wendy’s, Checkers Drive-In and Popeyes. In recent years, Angelo has shifted his focus to consulting with emerging and established restaurant brands on every aspect of their business – from Strategic Planning, operations and Executive Mentoring to marketing and branding.
“The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill immediately captured my attention as a stand-out concept in its category, defining a niche in the ‘fine fast casual’ space and leading the way in its food and customer experience,” said Freites. “I’m so excited to join this concept at a pivotal point in its journey and leverage my expertise to streamline and enhance its operations during what will continue to be a significant growth phase for the brand. Not to mention, I Iove the great tasting food!”
Additionally, The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill has welcomed back Tricia Rowe to its franchise support team as a trainer-business advisor where she will report to David Espin, Manager of New Restaurant Openings. Originally hired as a manager to help hire and train the staff at The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill in Palm Beach Gardens, Rowe rejoins The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill as the brand plans to open more than 20 restaurants in 2023 and make entry into six new states, with over 50 locations in active development. In her new role, Rowe will leverage The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill’s enhanced training protocols to support all aspects of new restaurant openings and position franchise owners and team members for success.
Known for authentically prepared dishes created from classic family recipes, The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill is a member of the Starpoint Brands family of trusted companies, a division of United Franchise Group (UFG) representing the very best in their industries.
The award-winning Great Greek Mediterranean Grill was co-founded in 2011 by two third-generation culinary trained restaurateurs with more than 30 years of experience in the food and hospitality business, Nick A. Della Penna and Trent Jones, purchased The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill’s first location in Henderson, Nevada. After successfully opening two additional Las Vegas locations, Della Penna and Jones started franchising the concept. The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill is among the Starpoint Brands constellation of trusted companies representing the very best in their industries. For more information about The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill, visit www.thegreatgreekgrill.com and for franchise information, visit www.thegreatgreekfranchise.com.
A family of trusted brands representing the very best in their industries, including retail, food & beverage and professional services, Starpoint Brands is the mark of quality for customers. It brings together a constellation of brands within United Franchise Group (UFG), including Signarama, Fully Promoted, Transworld Business Advisors, Venture X, Office Evolution, Network Lead Exchange, The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill and Graze Craze. A brand under the Starpoint Brands division is one that business-to-consumer and business-to-business customers can be sure will provide the ultimate in service, reliability, and value.
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