Fairlawn First Watch To Open This Spring

New Daytime Café in Fairlawn Marks First Watch's Fourth Northern Ohio Restaurant

January 05, 2009 // Franchising.com // Bradenton, Fla. – First Watch, the nation's fastest-growing daytime-only restaurant concept, announced today it will open a new restaurant – its 20th in the state of Ohio and fourth in the northern Ohio region – at the Summit Mall Shopping Center on West Market Street in Fairlawn.

Construction on the restaurant, which will be approximately 3,500-square-feet and will seat 120 patrons, is expected to begin in Winter 2008, with a projected opening during the Spring of 2009. The restaurant will be located at 3265 West Market Street, Fairlawn, OH 44333.

"We are pleased to be able to expand our presence in the northern Ohio market and bring our unique Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch offering to the residents of Fairlawn and the greater Akron area." said Chief Marketing Officer of First Watch Restaurants, Inc. Chris Tomasso. "We think the Summit Mall is a vibrant center that provides an ideal mix of retail and entertainment options for First Watch guests, and our restaurants are perfectly suited for great neighborhoods like Fairlawn."

First Watch opened its first restaurant in Ohio, in 1991, at Kenwood Galleria in Cincinnati. Today, the company currently operates three restaurants in the northern Ohio/Cleveland market including:

  • Rocky River – Beachcliff Market Square
  • University Heights – Cedar Center
  • Crocker Park – Westlake

About First Watch Restaurants, Inc.

Founded in 1983 on the simple concept of putting customers first, First Watch Restaurants, Inc. is now one of the largest, privately owned, daytime-only restaurant companies in the United States.

Headquartered in Bradenton, Fla., First Watch has set the standard for quality daytime dining since its inception 25 years ago. The company recently announced expansion plans that include selling multi-unit franchises in 35 states. First Watch offers something for everyone from traditional breakfast, brunch and lunch favorites to its signature freshly prepared-to-order specialty items such as Crepeggs™ and the popular Chickichanga®.

First Watch is the frequent recipient of "Best Of" accolades in cities where it operates. The company currently operates 77 restaurants in 11 states. Each new restaurant creates between 25 and 30 jobs, and First Watch currently employs approximately 2,000 people.

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