How the hummus are ya?
Denver-based Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, a fast-casual Mediterranean concept, is headed for Dallas, with a first opening planned for spring 2013. The company signed on local operators Scott and Mary Quigley, who've run Subway, Wingstop and Smashburger franchises in Texas and Louisiana. According to a release, Scott Quigley became acquainted with Garbanzo during business trips to Denver, and he liked the healthful aspect of the food.
Isn't that how these things always start?
Diners can customize every meal with items such as pita, laffa, falafel, shawarma, hummus, seasoned rice, sauces and dressings. "Customize" means in the style of Chipotle, where you move along a line and point out what you want. But Garbanza has fewer options than Fadi's, so it's more fast food than buffet-style. A typical order might be a bowl with lettuce, rice, hummus, baba ghanoush, falafel and rice, plus white or wheat pita bread. Food is made on-site, including the pita, which is prepared throughout the day.
Garbanzo has 14 company-owned locations in Colorado, with more opening soon in Denver and D.C./Baltimore. Company founders Alon Mor and Ken Rosenthal also founded Panera Bread.
The Quigleys won't say yet where they're going, other than the mysterious "currently considering many different locations throughout the city." Preston Center, I bet. Greenville Avenue, maybe. Uptown, for sure, right?