Lovers of everything Mediterranean will be able to get their quick fix at a new restaurant in the up and coming Marketplace at Tech Center development. Officials with Zoes Kitchen Prices announced Thursday that its newest eatery will open Sept. 17 at 12090 Jefferson Ave, Suite 1240 in Newport News. The restaurant is scheduled to open up from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, and wants to offer beer and wine, a news release said.
“We have been thrilled to become an element of the Newport News community and expand our presence in Virginia,” said Regional Operator of Zoës Kitchen, Tony Fratoe, in a news release. The newest restaurant marks the eatery’s 14th in Virginia along with its 160th in the nation, this news release said. To celebrate its opening at Tech Center, Zoës Kitchen is giving away 500 entrées at its Newport News location, news reports release said. There is also a chance to win a grand prize of free Zoës to get a year on the new restaurant.
Zoës Kitchen is a fast casual restaurant chain headquartered in Plano, Texas, United States. Serving a menu of variety of chicken salad, pasta salad, pitas and grilled chicken sandwiches, the chain has grown to incorporate 203 locations across 17 states with wants to expand further. Zoës’ menu features Mediterranean-inspired comfort food with made-from-scratch recipes using fresh ingredients. Kevin Miles (CEO), who joined Zoës during 2009, succeeded Greg Dollarhyde as president in March 2011.
Zoës Kitchen was originally incorporated in Jefferson County, Alabama, in June 1995 as Zoe’s Kitchen, Inc. It had been founded by Zoë and Marcus Cassimus. Originally, the restaurants were not franchised, with Cassimus retaining a 51 percent ownership stake in all newly opened locations.
Its first location opened in October 1995 in downtown Homewood. A second location opened in the Riverchase section of Hoover in 1999 and a third in downtown Birmingham in March 2001. The restaurant continued its expansion with the opening of its first store outside of the Birmingham area in Tuscaloosa in May 2001 along with its first out-of-state location in Nashville, Tennessee, within the fall of 2001. By 2006, Zoës had expanded to sixteen restaurants, with eight situated in Alabama and others situated in Phoenix, Nashville, Memphis, Baton Rouge and Destin.
With 20 stores open by 2007, Cassimus sold a majority ownership stake to Brentwood Associates of Los Angeles. After the purchase, Zoes Kitchen Times announced that he would remain as chief executive, the company would remain headquartered in Birmingham, and the menu would not really affected. Additionally it had been stated that the sale could potentially resulted in opening of 200 new fbxxji on the next five years. By Spring 2008 GE Capital Solutions loaned the company $ten million to enable for the development of 50 new stores across the southeast and southwest.
In November 2008, Cassimus resigned, with Greg Dollarhyde taking his place as CEO. Formerly the CEO of Baja Fresh, Dollarhyde announced that he would be seeking to expand the restaurant to new locales with two-thirds remaining company owned and also the remainder being franchised.