UCR Represents Vapiano Franchisee in First Texas Location

DALLAS, Texas, May 21, 2009 – Brandon Harris of Dallas-based United Commercial Realty recently represented Tim McCallum of McCallum Holdings in the lease of 5,810 square feet in Dallas’ Mockingbird Station for the first Texas location of Vapiano Pasta Pizza Bar, a fresh-casual Italian restaurant. McCallum plans to open 10 Vapiano franchise locations in Texas.

“Vapiano is a wholly unique entry into the fast-casual arena,” says Harris. “Customers actually order their food from the chef that prepares it, so they get to watch the fresh ingredients go into their dish, including the fresh pasta made on site daily and herbs picked from the in-store garden. Paired with the hip lounge area serving a complete bar, this concept should be a big hit in Dallas and the rest of Texas.”

McLean, VA-based Vapiano International currently operates over 40 locations worldwide across Europe, with new expansion underway in Hungary, Poland, Sweden, Dubai-United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, England, and the United States. The company expects to open up to 55 additional locations by the end of 2009, and up to 80 in the next four to eight years.  Vapiano was named a 2008 “Hot Concept” by Nation’s Restaurant News, was named one of the Top Ten Fastest Growing Concepts (October 2008) by RestaurantChains.net, and was given the 2006 European Hot Concept Award from Food Service Europe & Middle East.

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