More "Fast Casual" Food in Costa Rica

Those that are already here are expanding by opening more stores, while other franchises are coming to settle in a market with rapidly changing trends in consumer dining.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

In 2012 seven new concepts will join the fast-food market .

Spoleto is one of them, a chain of Brazilian origin that offers salads and pasta dishes prepared to suit the client.

The franchise belongs to the Cubero Wolff Group. The first Spoleto store will be located in Lincoln Plaza shopping center in Moravia and should open on 1st November. What is more, they plan to open two more branches by the end of 2012 and operate about 15 within 5 years - at a cost of $150,000 each.

Other new concepts reviewed in an article in include Mo Joe's chain selling hamburgers made by a chef, and operated in Costa Rica by Berkland Industries; Pollo Tropical, a Miami chain to be managed by Be Ca Costa Rica, the company which owns Burger King in the country; Moe's (texmex food); Chili's (salads and burgers); Cosi (salads and sandwiches); and Smash Burger (hamburgers).

In the case of Moe's, Patricia Rodriguez, general manager of Pumbian Corporation – the company that bought the rights to the U.S. franchise, said that each of the restaurants measure 200 square meters and represents an investment of between $275,000 and $375,000.

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