Salsarita's Plans New 4 Chattanooga Area Units

Monday, April 8, 2013

Salsarita’s, the Mexican cantina with locations across the country, announced a new development agreement that will bring four new locations to the Chattanooga area by April 2017.

The development will be helmed by Laxmi Chattanooga, Inc., an entity led by developer H.P. Patel and his business partners, including managing partner Joey Gaspard, who will be in charge of day-to-day operations. The agreement covers the Tennessee counties of Hamilton, Marion, Polk and Bradley, as well as the Georgia counties of Whitfield, Walker, Dade and Catoosa. The first location is expected to open by April 2014.

“We’re incredibly excited to announce our plans for development in Chattanooga,” said Salsarita’s CEO Phil Friedman. “H.P. and his partners have proven themselves to be outstanding developers with a passion for the Salsarita’s brand. He is a great example of the ideal multi-unit franchise partner.”

Salsarita’s also operates one existing Chattanooga restaurant at 2115 Gunbarrel Road. A Salsarita’s franchisee since 2004, Mr. Patel also owns seven locations in the Knoxville area with an eighth slated to open late this spring. He has been recognized as Salsarita’s Franchisee of the Year three times, and Knoxville continues to be one of the brand’s highest performing markets.

“Chattanooga is the perfect market for Salsarita’s,” Mr. Patel said. “We’ve seen tremendous growth in Knoxville, and I’m eager to carry over that success and help expand this fantastic brand throughout Tennessee.”

Mr. Patel attributes his franchising success, even in a tough economic climate, to his partners’ and employees’ dedication to customer service and their passion for the Salsarita’s brand.

“We work incredibly hard to make sure all of our guests are happy – success is that simple,” he said. “In today’s economy, money is tight and people eat out less, but we’ve kept our customer base strong by providing top-quality service and truly fantastic food – principles we’ll continue to uphold in Chattanooga.”

Founded in 2000 in Charlotte, N.C., Salsarita’s offers Mexican favorites such as signature Casaritos, Mexican pizza-inspired Cantizzas, and an assortment of tacos, quesadillas and nachos made fresh to order with an extensive selection of proteins, toppings and fillings, as well as six flavorful house-made salsas. The company has more than 80 franchised locations in 19 states. Two restaurants are company-owned. Salsarita’s expects to have at least 10 new restaurants and 4-6 franchise agreements signed before the end of 2013, with long-range projections calling for over 300 locations nationwide over the next several years.


Shula's 347 Grill To Open At 8th And Pine

A Shula's 347 Grill will be opening at 8th and Pine streets in the new district being developed by brothers Ken and Byron Defoor. It is part of the chain of steak emporiums developed by legendary NFL Coach Don Shula. Coach Shula was set to be in Chattanooga on Friday night for a performance by famed folk singer Arlo Guthrie to mark the opening of the district that will be ... (click for more)

Charles Siskin: A Bite Out Of The Big Apple

I was never aware of food courts until I made my first trip to London way too many decades ago. It was there I discovered the Great Food Hall at Harrod’s Department Store. Truthfully I’ve never seen anything comparable since. I have been privileged to visit lots of outdoor stalls and indoor markets in the Far East, South America, Australia, Europe and right here in this country, ... (click for more)

City To Begin Shipping Much Of Its Garbage To Bradley County

City Public Works Administrator Justin Holland said the city plans to begin shipping much of its garbage to Bradley County. He said the deal is projected to extend the life of the city landfill at Birchwood by 15 years. Mr. Holland said Bradley County "has a huge landfill and takes garbage from Knoxville and other municipalities. It's regional." He said Bradley County charges ... (click for more)

Man Says He Did Nothing To Provoke Shooting At Bakewell Gas Station; Suspect Says Victim Was Coming Toward Him

A 33-year-old man who was shot in the face during a clash at a Bakewell gas station said he did nothing to provoke the shooting. The man charged said the victim cursed him, then started toward him. General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck, after a hearing on Tuesday, bound to the Grand Jury a charge of attempted first-degree murder against Donald Stuard II, 29, of Old Washington ... (click for more)

Jimmy Templeton Will Be Missed At The City Yards

If only we had known about the Chattanooga City Council's planned retirement send off for Jimmy Templeton of Public Works, the room would have been filled to overflowing with his friends and admirers - including me.   I have had the honor of knowing and working with Jimmy since the 1970's (and also knew his father "Big Jim").  Jimmy was a strong right hand for whoever ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our 2.0 Embarrassment

Let’s pretend you are coming to a new and exciting world. You are on the jolly good ship “Mayflower” when some Miles Standish-type of a guy (he was the Pilgrim’s first cop) calls you into is presence and says, “Within two hours we are expected to stand on Plymouth Rock. Please come up with ten primary goals we should have in our public schools.” I believe you could do it within ... (click for more)