California Tortilla Montvale Opens in Bergen County in Late 2014

First Location in NYC Metropolitan Area for DC-Based Chain

For New Owners of Fast Casual Franchise, Opening a Restaurant is a Family Affair

November 20, 2014 // // MONTVALE, NJ - In late 2014, California Tortilla will open its doors in Montvale, New Jersey, the first location in the New York City metropolitan area for the DC-based chain. Situated in the Chestnut Ridge Shopping Center, the fast casual concept brings its wildly popular menu and brand to the New Jersey suburb, offering fresh, Re-Imagined Mexican fare in a fun and family-friendly setting.

And franchise owners Debbie, Paul and Lauren Sanford know a thing or two about family: the mother, father and daughter are equal partners in their new restaurant. Lauren initially hatched the idea to open a California Tortilla in her hometown of Bergen County over two years ago, following an initial visit to California Tortilla’s Newark, DE location; she was impressed with the quality and freshness of the food, and the fun and quirkiness of the unique California Tortilla brand. But finding the right location turned out to be a challenge. As it turned out, the perfect fit was underfoot all along:

"As a wine importer and distributor, my offices were located in Montvale, so I witnessed the growth of the neighborhood into the vibrant, upscale community it is today," said Paul. "When this location became available, right across the street from KPMG, BMW, and Mercedes Benz, we jumped at the opportunity to move in. "

The first-time franchisees each bring their different strengths to the table: "Dad is a foodie, and through his work in the wine industry, he knows restaurants—and good food!" said Lauren. "Mom is fantastic with customer service, and can speak with anyone." Lauren will oversee the store’s marketing efforts, tapping into her expertise in social media and partnerships. "It’s great having three different outlooks," said Debbie. "We learn from one another."

The restaurant seats 40 inside, with limited outdoor seating available seasonally.

California Tortilla Montvale will celebrate the grand opening by serving free burritos and a beverage for both lunch and dinner service. Plus, they’ll be offering free burritos for a whole year to the first 20 customers in line that morning. And judging by the success of past openings, expect to see hungry locals to turn out in droves.

About California Tortilla

Fast casual leader California Tortilla serves fresh, made-to-order, delicious, award-winning signature burritos, quesadillas, and salads all grounded in a foundation of Mexican cuisine yet combined with imaginative flavor combinations and customization opportunities. They are Mexican Re-Imagined. Based in Rockville, MD, the fast-casual chain has over 40 locations across the East Coast in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. They are best known for their fresh food, unique recipes, innovative promotions, customer and community engagement via Twitter, Facebook and their famous newsletter, Taco Talk.

For more information and to inquire about franchising opportunities, please visit or call 301-545-0035.

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Fast Casual leader California Tortilla serves fresh, made-to-order, delicious, award-winning burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and salads all grounded in a foundation of Mexican cuisine.


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