This Marks Vapiano's 1st Maryland location and 5th Corporate Owned Restaurant in US
November 20, 2009 // Franchising.com // McLean, VA - Vapiano signed a lease with Federal Realty to open a corporate-owned Vapiano restaurant in Bethesda Row. This will make the 5th corporately-owned Vapiano in the Washington, DC metro and Vapiano's 1st location in Maryland. Vapiano will open in a new Federal Realty building, adjacent to an Equinox fitness facility and will join Jaleo, Le Pain Quotidien, Mon Ami Gabi, Raku, and several other successful restaurants already in Bethesda Row. This 5,400 square foot Vapiano will be the first in Maryland and will seat 200 plus guests including a large patio and lounge area. Vapiano has retained Matteo Thun, an award winning designer from Hamburg Germany, to head up design on the Bethesda Row location.
"Bethesda Row is the crown jewel of Bethesda. We have been waiting for years to get the right location and we can't wait to open", said Bill Bessette, CEO, Vapiano.
Vapiano is an innovative, fast casual European concept serving made-to-order fire roasted pizzas, fresh, house-made pasta and hand tossed gourmet salads. Vapiano continues to garner global attention for their approach to dining - dishes are prepared at high temperature exhibition style wok stations, fresh herbs adorn each table and a unique chip card payment system rounds out each diner's ultra-modern experience. The restaurant's pioneering self-service technology and unmistakable upscale décor has created a huge customer fan base and helped fuel the company's worldwide expansion. Restaurants are 5,000-8,000 square feet and seat 180-220 guests.
Vapiano has over 50 locations worldwide with franchised units in development across the United States in cities such as Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and Houston, Texas, Ft. Meyers, Florida and Boston, Massachusetts, Chicago, IL and Manhattan, NY. Vapiano continues to target key markets such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Las Vegas, Chicago, Miami, and New York for corporate expansion.