February 13, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – From working as a restaurant manager to becoming his own boss, Hitesh Patel is taking his passion for the restaurant industry to the next level and joining Red Mango -- one of the fastest-growing frozen yogurt and smoothie chains in America. And Patel’s location will serve much more than the company’s award-winning frozen yogurt.
Patel has been chosen to open one of the first restaurant prototypes for a co-branded Red Mango Café and Smoothie Factory® Juice Bar in the U.S. His location will open in March at 2910 Vine St. in Cincinnati, Ohio. The expanded concept will serve healthy café meals under 500 calories, Smoothie Factory smoothies, and fresh cold-squeezed juices in addition to the frozen yogurts and parfaits that have made Red Mango famous.
"Freshly prepared juices, both green and citrus, are gaining in popularity among the most health conscious consumers," said Jim Notarnicola, chief marketing officer for Red Mango and Smoothie Factory. "Our two brands, Red Mango and Smoothie Factory, are bringing highly nutritious and great tasting recipes, uniquely prepared on demand and ice filtered, to Red Mango and Smoothie Factory locations throughout the country."
"After visiting a Red Mango location, I immediately became interested in this next evolution for the concept," said Patel. "Red Mango offers customers a unique product and is a pioneer and leader of the industry. I was drawn to Red Mango because the company continues to offer exciting franchising opportunities with excellent support to help build successful and innovative new products that feed the increasing demand customers have for healthy alternatives. The combination of the cafe with the Smoothie Factory completely expands the fresh and healthy dining experience."
With significant experience in the restaurant industry and more than 10 years of practice running a small business, Patel knows the hard work and commitment involved in overseeing a good business. With his new Red Mango Café with Smoothie Factory Juice Bar, Patel is ready to dedicate all of his time and attention to bringing a variety of healthy alternatives to the local community.
"Red Mango is one of the best franchises today offering a healthy menu and all natural products with attractive benefits such as probiotics," said Patel. "I am excited to bring a superior option to the community when it comes to eating on the go."
Red Mango Café will offer an extensive menu including freshly squeezed juices and new café items such as sandwiches and wraps with less than 500 calories as well as a selection of more than 40 all natural frozen yogurts, fruit and yogurt parfaits, probiotic iced teas and natural smoothies.
Smoothie Factory products will include blended smoothies with a selection of optional nutrition boosts.
Red Mango, one of the fastest-growing retailers of all-natural nonfat and low fat frozen yogurt and fresh fruit smoothies, opened its first U.S. store in July 2007, and has since celebrated more than 260 store openings across the U.S., Mexico, El Salvador and Uruguay. Red Mango has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Nation’s Restaurant News’ "Hot Concepts!" award and the industry-recognized SupplySide’s "Scientific Excellence Award," as well as best frozen yogurt honors in Dallas, Seattle, Las Vegas, Chicago, Utah and New York by highly-regarded independent publications. Headquartered in Dallas, Red Mango serves uniquely delicious frozen yogurt that is all-natural, nonfat and lowfat, gluten-free and fortified with beneficial live and active probiotic cultures like GanedenBC30®(Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086), which probiotic helps support the immune and digestive systems when consumed as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Red Mango is the first frozen yogurt retailer to earn the National Yogurt Association’s Live and Active Cultures seal for meeting the required criteria for healthy frozen yogurt. Red Mango expanded its menu to include satisfying meal options such as its all-natural fruit and yogurt parfaits and fresh fruit smoothies.
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SOURCE Red Mango