New Deals Will Double Footprint and Bring Fast-Casual Middle Eastern Concept to Iowa and Tennessee
Naf Naf is expanding its franchise program with four prominent new franchise groups signed this summer. These deals will expand Naf Naf locations across Chicagoland and to new states, Tennessee and Iowa, bringing their total franchise agreements to 35.
“We are ecstatic that shortly after launching our franchise program we have quickly doubled the size of our company,” said Paul Damico, CEO of Naf Naf. “It’s incredibly important for us to continue to grow our franchising program throughout the country with strong operators so we can share our great Middle Eastern cuisine and hospitality with even more guests.”
In total, the franchise program is welcoming four new strategic groups to the Naf family:
Nick Ibrahim – NBMM Holdings LLC
Nick Ibrahim, of NBMM Holding LLC, signed a 10-store deal to open locations in Knoxville, Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Prior to joining the Naf Naf franchise program, Lebanese-born Ibrahim worked as CIO of Ruby Tuesday’s.
Jwalit Patel, John Tourville, and Ketan Patel
Jwalit Patel, John Tourville, and Ketan Patel signed a five-store deal for restaurants in the Chicagoland area. The group has extensive franchise experience across a variety of brands.
Krishna Patel and Rashmi (Sim) Patel
Krishna Patel and Rashmi (Sim) Patel signed a seven-store deal for Central Illinois and Iowa. Their group currently owns 19 Dunkin Donuts stores in Central Illinois and Iowa.
Devarshi Patel, Riya Patel, Kamlesh Patel, Paulomi Shah, and Jose Arteaga
The group currently owns 17 Dunkin Donuts and three McAlister’s Delis in Northern Illinois and Northwest and Southern Indiana. They signed a three-store deal to build Naf Naf locations in Northwest Indiana.
These four major group announcements come on the heels of Naf Naf’s official franchise program announcement and the first franchise deal with 316 Investments in June. Earlier this summer, 316 Investments, through its affiliate Fan the Flame LLC, announced a ten-store deal that would expand Naf Naf stores to the cities of Indianapolis, Bloomington, Lafayette and Fort Wayne over the next few years.