January 14, 2016 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON – The Sultanate of Oman is getting its first taste of one of the world’s most popular Italian restaurant brands, with the grand opening of a new Romano’s Macaroni Grill.
The new restaurant, located in the Oman Avenues Mall – the largest shopping mall in Muscat, the capital city – officially opened on Saturday, Dec. 12. It continues Macaroni Grill’s international expansion, even as the brand accelerates its growth throughout its U.S. market.
“We are very excited to introduce our brand to the people of Oman and in particular to the residents of the beautiful city of Muscat,” said James Deyo, Executive Vice President of Franchising and Development at Romano’s Macaroni Grill. “The Salen Bin Lahej Group has been an outstanding franchise partner of ours for many years, and they have done a masterful job preparing and opening their newest Macaroni Grill.”
The hospitality division of the Saleh Bin Lahej Group is the exclusive franchisee of Romano’s Macaroni Grill in Egypt, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
“Ever since we embraced the Macaroni Grill brand in 2007, we have been expanding throughout the Middle East,” said Mohammed Saleh Bin Lahej. “We now have four outlets in the UAE, one in Egypt and now our newly opened restaurant in the Oman Avenues Mall.”
Macaroni Grill has grown to nearly 150 company-owned locations in 33 states, plus 25 franchise locations in the U.S. and 11 other countries (Mexico, Puerto Rico, Germany, Taiwan, Japan and the Middle East (Egypt, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman). The company generates more than $300 million in U.S. sales and another $70 million through its franchise operations.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill is an Italian restaurant brand founded in 1988 by Phil Romano, one of the industry’s leading innovators. Inspired by the Italian country cuisine served in Romano’s grandmother’s kitchen, Macaroni Grill blends Italian traditions with progressive culinary inspiration from all regions of Italy and the U.S in a polished casual atmosphere.
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