First store in Canada operated by franchise owner Kunal Thakur
Teriyaki Madness opened a new store in Lethbridge Alberta this month, marking its debut in Canada. The fast-casual chain plans to open two more restaurants in Alberta. Teriyaki Madness partnered with franchisee Kunal Thakur, a native of India and a former Kellogg brand employee based in Nigeria.
The Denver-based concept provides a menu of high-quality teriyaki bowls, using fresh ingredients. The company says it offers a healthy approach to quick-serve food.
Teriyaki Madness projects it will add another 45-50 locations in North America and 50 new franchisees this year as part of an ongoing expansion.
Thakur had been looking for a healthy and innovative restaurant concept to franchise and stumbled upon Teriyaki Madness on a day trip to Great Falls, Montana.
“The quality was so different from other places we have tried,” said Thakur. “We could taste the freshness, but we could see it, too. I thought, ‘This is exactly what I’m looking for.’ So I called the team in Denver and found out about bringing the brand to Canada.”
The Lethbridge Teriyaki Madness opened its doors Jul 22, 2021.
“Opening our first location in Canada is such a milestone for us as a brand, but we really have been lucky to find a partner like Kunal Thakur,” said Michael Haith, chief executive of Teriyaki Madness.
Thakur added, “I know people are really going to like what we offer. We may be the first Canadian shop, but we won’t be the last.”
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