Garbanzo Breaks Ground on First of 10 St. Louis-Area Restaurants

by Katie Lee

St. Louis — Two St. Louis natives have officially broken ground on their hometown’s first Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh. The Mediterranean cuisine brand will enter the St. Louis market in mid-November in Clayton, Mo.

“We’ve planned on bringing Garbanzo’s delicious and nutritious recipes to our hometown for quite some time,” says CEO James Park. “After extensive research, we have finally found the perfect location for our first St. Louis restaurant and we couldn’t be more thrilled to begin construction. We’re also excited to bring our Mediterranean cuisine to people across St. Louis using our new food truck. Because it’s simple, fresh and authentically made, it’s become the newest trend in the fast-casual segment.”

The chain, which is majority-owned by St. Louis real estate investor Michael Staenberg, plans to open up to 10 restaurants in the area over the next several years. The Staenberg Group is leading the site selection process for the company.

“We’re beginning to see a definite shift from Mexican to Mediterranean, and a transition from sandwiches to shawarmas,” says Park. “Mediterranean flavors have survived the test of time and now it’s become the food trend of the future. We just have to be sure not to mess with it too much because, at its core, it’s already darn close to perfect.”

Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh is headquartered in Colorado with 24 locations nationwide. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh

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