Former Franchisors Are Offering Industry Tips To "Mom & Pop" Restaurant Owners

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Franchise Growth Solutions now teaching independent restaurateurs how franchise companies reduce food, paper, beverage, labor, and other costs.

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Occhiogrosso stated, "all too often when I would speak with restaurateurs about franchising their business I'd discover their operational practices we're very, shall we say, entrepreneurial."

Franchise Growth Solutions, LLC. announced today it had expanded its restaurant advisory services into a newly formed division of the company. Gary Occhiogrosso, founder, and managing partner of Franchise Growth Solutions has teamed up with restaurant operation expert Fred J. Kirvan.

Building Quantifiable Systems

The two have worked together over the past 20 years on other regional and national brands. Some of the more notable concepts; Desert Moon Fresh Mexican Grille, Magic Cup Cafe, Acai Express, and brands under the TRUFOODS, LLC banner such as Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips, Pudgie's Famous Chicken and Ritter's Frozen Custard. Kirvan, a 25 year veteran of the chain and franchised restaurant industry, was the Chief Operating Officer of TRUFOODS, LLC, as well as VP of Operations for Energy Kitchen, a pioneer in the Fast Casual "healthy eating" space.

Occhiogrosso saw the need to add this division to Franchise Growth Solutions as a result of the numerous startup and emerging franchise brands he works to develop as national brands. He stated, "all too often when I would sit and speak with restaurateurs about franchising their business I'd discover their operational practices we're very, shall we say, entrepreneurial. Unfortunately, that doesn't cut it when you're looking to scale a brand as a chain or a franchise. Systems, documentation, KPI's, and overall financial accountability must become the focus."

Less Mystery, More Profit

This new division works with franchised and non-franchised restaurants, whether a single "Mom n' Pop" restaurant or a multi-unit operator seeking to increase their bottom-line performance. Offering methods that have been proven effective in franchise companies, the service offers restaurateurs the opportunity to learn how to control and reduce their cost of goods, labor, and other "middle of the P&L" expenses that often drain the restaurant owner of profit.

My Lynn Nguyen, Co-Founder, and CEO of Magic Cup Cafe, a two-unit Bubble Tea, and Specialty Drink franchise, stated: "We started working with Franchise Growth Solutions about a year ago. They helped us prepare to franchise the Magic Cup brand. Fred and Gary worked with the team and me to develop systems that increased my profits by almost 10%. These methods not only give us more dollars to the bottom line but will increase profitability for our future franchisees."

Mr. Kirvan stated, "We focus on helping restaurant operators of any size, struggling with profitability in today's business climate by sharing franchisor best practices. These methods serve to systematize as well as optimize their restaurant operations and profitability."

The company offers an ROI guarantee to underscore how confident they are about helping restaurateurs find opportunities for profit. Kirvan concluded by saying, "We haven't heard of anyone else doing that!"

About Fred J. Kirvan

Fred started in the franchise business in 1991. Working with the founder of Desert Moon Fresh Mexican Grille, he developed the operating systems and grew the company from a single unit into a multi-state franchised brand. In 2008 he became President of Desert Moon remaining in that role until 2013. Mr. Kirvan was then recruited as the Chief Operating Officer for TRUFOODS, LLC. A multi-brand franchisor. Additionally, he was VP of Operations for Energy Kitchen, an NYC based fast-casual chain that pioneered the "healthy alternative" space. Mr. Kirvan's experience in system development, writing manuals, brand connectivity, purchasing, and construction project management has proven to be an invaluable asset to startup & emerging brands.

About Gary Occhiogrosso

Mr. Occhiogrosso is a franchise industry veteran. He was instrumental in the successful launches of nationally recognized brands such as Ranch *1, Desert Moon Fresh Mexican Grille, and multi-brand franchisor, TRUFOODS, LLC.
Franchise Growth Solutions is a Supplier member in the International Franchise Association and routinely introduces the hottest new franchise opportunities to business-seeking entrepreneurs and multi-unit franchise developers.

About Magic Cup Cafe
My Lynn Nguyen is the co-founder and CEO of Magic Cup Cafe, a family-owned business founded in 2015. The Magic Cup Cafe concept offers a new spin on the traditional Taiwanese bubble tea shops. In addition to classic Taiwanese bubble tea flavors, Magic Cup serves unique drinks influenced by My Lynn's Vietnamese-American upbringing and childhood memories.

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