December 15, 2008 // Franchising.com // West Redding, CT, — Sandella's Flatbread Café has finalized a deal with multi-talented franchisee, Ronald Roan, to bring two units of the hit fast casual concept to Birmingham, Alabama. With more than 130 locations currently operating, Sandella's Flatbread Café is the largest flatbread concept in the world. Each of Sandella's healthy and delicious menu items are built in four steps or less on its famous flatbread. Due to Sandella's growing popularity, there are more than 400 restaurants in development across the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates.
Roan will add multi-unit franchisee to his already impressive resume that consists of anesthesiologist, flight physician for international transports and Air National Guard Flight Surgeon. Roan plans to open his first location by the Spring of 2009 and his second in 2010. He has not yet finalized real estate for his stores, but is scouting Birmingham for the best locations available.
Although Roan has no prior experience in the restaurant industry, he says he has "always wanted a healthy place to eat that was inexpensive and offered quick service." Since Roan is still looking for a place to satisfy his needs, he decided to take matters into his own hands. "I kept waiting for something to be developed in my area, but it never came," says Roan. "So, I decided I would bring the very thing I was waiting for to Birmingham myself!"
Sandella's Flatbread Café incorporates the hottest trends in the fast casual segment, serving fresh, hot and healthy menu items such as grilled flatbreads, paninis, sandwiches, chopped salads, rice bowls and quesadillas – all made with their own delicious brick-oven, low calorie, fat free flatbread. Already ahead of its time, Sandella's menu is trans-fat free and listed in the Weight Watchers Points Guide.
Restaurants average 1,000-1,500 square feet and seat 30 to 40 guests.
Founded in 1994 in West Redding Connecticut, Sandella's Flatbread Café is an upscale fast casual café with easy to execute menu items – everything is made in four steps or less, with no hoods and no mess. Sandella's serves premium-quality, health-conscious and great tasting grilled flatbreads, sandwiches, paninis, quesadillas, chopped salads and rice bowls – all made using their signature delicious, brick oven flatbread. Sandella's was listed in Fast Casual Magazine's Top 100 Movers & Shakers in 2007 and in Restaurants and Institutions Top 400 Restaurant Chains in 2007 and 2008. With more than 130 locations across the U.S., Sandella's is rapidly expanding and shows no signs of slowing with 400 restaurants in development across the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates.