Waba Grill Named To Fast Casual’s Top 100 Movers & Shakers
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Waba Grill Named To Fast Casual’s Top 100 Movers & Shakers

In-Demand Healthy Rice Bowl Chain Debuts at #45 Among Nation’s Leading Fast Casual Brands

May 25, 2021 // Franchising.com // CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. - WaBa Grill has been named to Fast Casual’s 2021 Top 100 Movers & Shakers list. Making an impressive introduction to this prestigious ranking, the healthy fast casual debuted at #45, further proving that consumer demand for healthy and affordable food served fast is at an all-time high. For the past 16 years, the Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers has identified the industry’s most successful brands, centering on factors beyond profitability and growth such as innovation, leadership and – more than ever this year – resilience, and WaBa Grill delivered on all fronts.

“The recognition as a top fast casual chain, especially at a time when competition for healthier food options is particularly fierce, validates the efforts that our leadership team has devoted to ensuring WaBa Grill remains a premiere guest experience and franchising opportunity,” said Andrew Kim, President & CEO of WaBa Grill. “It’s an honor to be included amongst so many industry heavy hitters and it validates the work we do to keep WaBa Grill top of mind in the growing healthy fast casual segment.”

WaBa Grill reported a record-breaking start to the year, announcing Q1 2021 as the top performing sales quarter in the brand’s 15-year history, with Same Store Sales (SSS) up 21.3% over Q1 2020 and 18.5% over 2019. This news closely followed WaBa achieving its best sales year ever in 2020. This strong growth on all fronts is a testament to WaBa Grill’s resilient franchisees, the brand’s loyal fans and new guests who are making health and wellness a priority. WaBa Grill was founded on the principle that healthy food made with fresh, quality ingredients should be delicious and accessible, all without asking consumers to compromise on value or speed. 

WaBa Grill serves its famous rice bowls, plates and salads made with fresh vegetables, healthy grains and high-quality proteins including fresh, never frozen chicken, marinated ribeye steak, wild-caught salmon, jumbo shrimp, and organic tofu, all prepared to order on an open-fire grill and customized with a variety of flavorful sauces including the fan favorite WaBa Sauce. Along with takeout and curbside pickup, guests may place orders via the WaBa Rewards App or on the company website for always low-cost delivery, along with any of WaBa’s third-party delivery partners.




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