Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill picks 1st California franchisee

By Staff, Denver Business Journal

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill has awarded its first franchises in California.

Denver-based Garbanzo announced Wednesday that franchisee Banzo Bean Inc. has purchased the rights to develop up to 10 restaurants in Orange County, west of Interstate 5, and plans to open its first location in the first quarter of 2013.

Orange County is south of Los Angeles. Banzo Bean’s areas of interest include Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa, Seal Beach and Aliso Viejo.

David Clouse, who lives in Parker and founded Vacation Rentals by Owner, formed Banzo Bean along with Bill Gunstream. Clouse owned and managed Vacation Rentals from 1995 to 2006. Both graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, with degrees in business administration.

Alon Mor founded Garbanzo, which has 14 restaurants in Colorado, and whose franchising model is based on owners opening multiple restaurants.

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