Unique Fast-Casual New York Pizzeria and Upscale Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen Concepts Announce Strategic Expansion Plan Across Hawaiian Islands

EWA BEACH, Hawaii – Chef Anthony Russo, the founder of dining concepts that include Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, announced today plans to expand the brands’ footprint in the Hawaiian islands in order to continue his growth plan in key markets.

“Hawaii’s first franchised Russo’s restaurant has become the favorite choice for authentic Italian in the Aloha State,” said Chef Anthony, a formally trained chef who opened his first Russo’s New York Pizzeria in 1992 and later introduced the upscale Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen. “Our plan is to add two additional locations to Oahu, Maui, Kona and Hawaii over the next 12 to 18 months, resulting in a strong showing of Chef Anthony’s restaurant concepts. Each location will add 25 to 30 new jobs and boost the local economies while enhancing the city’s revenue stream.”

Already established in Ewa Beach with a thriving Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, franchise partner Robert Carlisle has experienced excellent results by delivering exceptional guest service, crafting delicious Italian selections and providing an engaging customer experience, which has resulted in strong sales. Chef Anthony’s unique menu features its signature Coal-Fired Pizzas along with a broad selection of handmade pasta dishes, made-from-scratch Italian selections and fresh all natural salads, all true to Chef Russo’s Italian roots where food and family come first.

Russo’s charts 2015 with openings in Spring, San Antonio, Katy and Brownsville, Texas and celebrates the signing of two additional units in Austin and locations in Harlingen, Laredo and South Padre Island, Texas. An additional 10-12 restaurants are planned to be signed this year throughout Texas markets like Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin. Currently, in all, there are 28 Russo’s restaurants in development system-wide.

Entrepreneurs who have been searching for an authentic New York Pizzeria concept with a unique Italian menu are finding just that with the Russo’s brands and proven franchise system.

“With Hawaii’s growing economy and room on the islands for more of our authentic Italian options, the state offers access to promising locations. We anticipate a very successful expansion with our established brands and a management team committed to supporting our franchisees every step of the way, we’re confident in our future with Hawaii,” said Chef Anthony.

Russo’s Restaurants offers a rare franchise opportunity for entrepreneurs interested in proven brands that are entirely chef created, chef inspired and chef driven. Interested franchise prospects should have between $600,000 and $1 million net worth per location, and $175,000 to $400,000 in liquid assets. Prospective candidates can find out more by visiting www.franchiserussos.com.

About Russo’s Restaurants

Russo’s Restaurants is a 44 location national and international franchisor of the fast casual and casual dining brands Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen. Based in Houston, Russo’s Restaurants are composed of a mix of corporate and franchised locations across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida and Hawaii. Russo’s has entered international markets as well, with locations in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates. There are an additional 28-plus units in development both in the United States and Internationally. Chef Anthony Russo has created his concepts from years of applying his unique, family recipes featuring New York-style pizza, along with a broad variety of handcrafted pasta creations, calzones, salads, sandwiches, soups and desserts, reflecting his commitment to his New York roots where food and family come first. To learn more about Russo’s franchise development opportunities, visit www.nypizzeria.com. For franchise development in the U.S. and Mexico, contact Jim Carr, director of franchise development at [email protected] or by phone at (832) 980-6407.

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