FransGlobal, owners of the Taco Maker franchise in Puerto Rico, plans to open two Origami Sushi restaurants on the island in 2014, marking the entrance of the new chain to the island.
Long-term plans call for selling the rights to open another eight restaurants in Puerto Rico next year, to eventually break into the U.S. mainland, FransGlobal President Carlos Budet said Wednesday.
Origami Sushi is a concept originated in Venezuela that has captured the attention of consumers worldwide over the way it customizes sushi preparation, offering traditional combinations as well as creative dishes with more sophisticated ingredients. In all, the casual fast-dining restaurant offers 50 sushi varieties.
“Origami Sushi is a fusion of flavors, textures and freshness of ingredients that make each dish a true work of art,” said Budet. “This restaurant chain is characterized by a totally fresh product of the highest quality at affordable prices compared to other restaurants that are dedicated to this type of Japanese food.”
The initial investment to open an Origami Sushi eatery is around $20,000 as an introductory offer, as the regular investment is about $35,000, he said.
This franchise will feature stores ranging from locations in food courts and fast food areas in local shopping malls to stand-alone or fully independent operations in 10 strategic points around the island. Restaurant sizes can range from 500 to 1,800 square feet.
The first two restaurants slated to open next year will be located in Punta Las Marías and Hato Rey, in San Juan. Each will generate between 15 and 20 direct jobs, while the full 10-restaurant chain is expected to create 200 direct jobs in total.
“We want to revolutionize the experience of eating sushi and make it accessible to everyone, for it to become a recurring alternative for the consumer. We guarantee the products we serve are the freshest, with a fully Japanese and varied menu including options with ingredients that abound in our island,” Budet said.
“Our offer is simple, the best sushi at the best price combined with a friendly atmosphere to enjoy it,” Budet noted.