Lovers of everything Mediterranean will get their quick fix at a new restaurant in the upcoming Marketplace at Tech Center development. Officials with Zoes Kitchen Catering Menu 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 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, and plans to offer beer and wine, a news release said.
“We are thrilled to get 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, the news release said. To celebrate its opening at Tech Center, Zoës Kitchen is giving out 500 entrées at its Newport News location, this news release said. There is also a chance to win a grand prize of free Zoës for any year on the new restaurant.
Zoës Kitchen is actually a fast casual restaurant chain headquartered in Plano, Texas, United States. Serving a menu of number of chicken salad, pasta salad, pitas and grilled chicken sandwiches, the chain has expanded to add 203 locations across 17 states with plans to expand further. Zoës’ menu features Mediterranean-inspired comfort food with made-from-scratch recipes using fresh ingredients. Kevin Miles (CEO), who joined Zoës in 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 was founded by Zoë and Marcus Cassimus. Originally, the restaurants were not franchised, with Cassimus retaining a 51 percent ownership stake in every newly opened locations.
Its first location opened in October 1995 in downtown Homewood. A second location opened in the Riverchase portion of Hoover in 1999 and a third in downtown Birmingham in March 2001. The restaurant continued its expansion using the opening of their 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 as well as 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 L . A .. Following the purchase, Zoes Kitchen announced that he would remain as chief executive, the company would remain headquartered in Birmingham, and also the menu would not affected. Additionally it had been said that the sale could resulted in opening of 200 new fbxxji over the next five-years. By Spring 2008 GE Capital Solutions loaned the company $10 million to allow for the development of 50 new stores over 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 looking to expand the restaurant to new locales with two-thirds remaining company owned and the remainder being franchised.