A leading Mediterranean restaurant chain has declared its appetite for expansion after finding success with its model in the UK.
Olive Oil & Oregano, which specialises in open-kitchen grill cooking, is the largest Mediterranean grill restaurant chain in Greece, and has outlets in Cyprus, Bulgaria and Germany.
The company has already opened three major sites in a short space of time after calling on the support of Chiller Box, a London kitchen house and member of the Catering Equipment Distributors Association (CEDA).
Explaining the partnership between the two companies, Chiller Box’s managing director, Marios Poumpouris, said: “They opened new restaurants in the Westfield Stratford City and Westfield Merryhill shopping centres, and we provided some equipment and advice for the Stratford site.
“With their next opening at the Lakeside shopping centre they were looking for a strong local partner that understands their concept, and expansion plans, and one that could handle the obvious challenges of designing, constructing and opening a new restaurant with the timing, access and noise restrictions that busy shopping centre environments have.”
He added: “Being a CEDA member and offering services from design and equipment specification through to ongoing service and advice, coupled with the fact that we are a business with Greek origins means that we can deliver all they require, and quite literally speak their language.”
With a detailed brief in-hand Chiller Box worked closely with Olive Oil & Oregano’s interior design partner to overcome the space, budget and logistical challenges.
Parent company Patafritas S.A had used Greek suppliers for some of the equipment specified in the Westfield projects, but had some hiccups with logistics, compatibility and standards.
Poumpouris added: “After a few headaches with catering equipment brought in directly from Greece, Chiller Box was given full charge of designing, specifying and installing what works best for Lakeside. In some cases it was slightly more expensive, but will work out more cost-effective in the long-term, and obviously includes our ongoing service and support.
Chiller Box will now support Olive Oil & Oregano as it looks for new potential sites in the UK, which even includes working with property agents on its behalf.