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Mesón Sandwiches expanding in Central FL through ’17

El Mesón Sandwiches will have five locations throughout central Florida by 2017.

El Mesón Sandwiches will have five locations throughout central Florida by 2017.

Mesón Sandwiches, a Puerto Rico-based fast casual restaurant that marries the flavors of the Caribbean with an American staple, will open this week its third Central Florida location at the Premium Outlets Vineland in Orlando.

Two other Mesón restaurants are scheduled to open next year in Lee Vista Promenade and the Gardens on Millennia, also in the Metro Orlando area, for a total of five locations by the fall of 2017.

“Now our Florida customers have more locations from which to get their favorite sandwiches, breakfast all day or a steamy cup of café con leche,” said Mesón president Felipe Pérez-Grajales. “There’s something for everyone in our menu.”

The new restaurant at Premium Outlet Vineland opened Sept. 15 and is the second Meson in a food court in Orlando. The Osceola Parkway location and the stores that will open next year are all free-standing buildings with spacious dining rooms and convenient drive-thru’s company officials said.

“In these stores our customers are able to order breakfast platters made to order with fresh, cracked eggs, cooked any way they like through a convenient drive-thru window,” Pérez said. “Going to the beach? Order your favorite sandwiches without leaving your car.”

In all of its locations Meson offers all-day breakfast, 100 percent Arabica coffee and an array of signature and specialty sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Vegetarian options like salads, baked potatoes with a variety of toppings and vegetarian sandwiches are also available.

Based in Mayagüez, El Mesón is a family-owned company first established in 1972. It has 36 stores on the island and began its mainland expansion in the summer of 2015 with its first Orlando store at the Florida Mall. A second store opened earlier this year at the Osceola Parkway, in Kissimmee.

Each Meson grosses $2 million on average and employs 40-50 people. The expansion to the Florida market means more jobs for The Sunshine State, while helping strengthen its economy through direct and indirect business activity, he said.

“We’ve been welcomed with open arms into Central Florida,” Pérez said. “The community has embraced our stores as an extension of their dining room, which we appreciate and value. Our guests are treated like family and the success we’ve had is because of them.”

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Business reporter with 29 years of experience writing for weekly and daily newspapers, as well as trade publications in Puerto Rico. My list of former employers includes Caribbean Business, The San Juan Star, and the Puerto Rico Daily Sun, among others. My areas of expertise include telecommunications, technology, retail, agriculture, tourism, banking and most other segments of Puerto Rico’s economy.

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