Franworth Announces Partnership with Emerging, Fast-Casual Brand, Kalamata Greek Grill

Franchise Management Firm Adds Fourth Company to Portfolio; Plans to
Help Greek Fast Casual Concept Expand Nationally

ANN ARBOR, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Franworth, an Ann-Arbor based franchise management firm, announced today
that it has partnered with Kalamata Greek Grill in an effort to help
accelerate the company’s growth through franchising. Kalamata is an
emerging, fast casual concept serving fresh, made in-house Greek food.
This partnership marks the fourth brand under the Franworth family and
the first restaurant concept for the firm.

Founded in 2008 by brothers Dennis and Tom Chinonis, Kalamata currently
has two locations in the Greater Detroit area, and has received local
praise for its fresh, Greek cuisine. The fast-casual concept offers a
variety of made-in-house items, including customized Gyros on
fresh-baked pita bread, fresh Greek salads, and quinoa-based Greek Power
Bowls, which are served in mere minutes in a sleek, stylish setting.
Guests can customize their dishes with an array of house-made sauces and
fresh toppings, or can choose from any of Kalamata’s Signature Styles of
carefully crafted topping combinations. The brand’s customizability and
fresh, healthy fare has created a cult following of its two locations in
Troy and Royal Oak, Mich., prompting founders to consider expanding the
well-received brand.

“Kalamata was built on our Greek heritage, our love for fresh, healthy
food and the desire to bring this cuisine to the masses,” said Dennis
Chinonis, Co-Founder and CEO of Kalamata. “With two locations and years
of success in the Detroit market under our belt, we are now ready to
take our brand to the next level. The authentic, fast segment in our
industry is poised for great growth, and we’re thrilled to have
Franworth on our side to be part of it.”

After years of searching for the right partner to help grow the brand,
Dennis and Tom were introduced to John Rotche, David Barr and the rest
of the Franworth team and from there, the partnership was born. As the
premiere franchise management firm, Franworth helps franchisors build a
strong foundation, navigate their acceleration, and create economic
value for both franchisors and their franchisees. Managing Partner John
Rotche, a Michigan native, saw great potential in the emerging brand and
knew with the help of Franworth, Kalamata could achieve its development

“Dennis and Tom are extremely talented and passionate founders, and
Kalamata is a completely unique concept in the fast casual space. With
these two factors combined, there is incredible long term growth
potential for this brand,” said John Rotche, Managing Partner of
Franworth. “We are excited to partner with the Chinonis’ and with our
help, Kalamata will be able to offer its fresh, authentic food to
consumers all across the U.S.”

“We chose Franworth as a partner due to their extensive experience and
success in growing franchise concepts and the abundant resources the
firm has to offer. Franworth is our ideal partner, and we are confident
that Kalamata can become the leading authentic Greek fast casual brand
in the industry,” added Tom Chinonis.

About Franworth

Franworth is a leading franchise management firm with years of
franchise experience accompanied by a proven track record of success.
The accomplished executive team is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan and
includes Managing Director and CEO John Rotche, CFE, Managing Director
David Barr, Chief Operating Officer Mike Skitzki, CFE, Chief Development
Officer Alex Roberts, CFE, and Partners Tom Lyons and Rick Washburn.
Franworth helps franchisors build a strong foundation, navigate their
acceleration, and create economic value for both franchisors and their
franchisees. The Franworth family of brands currently includes TITLE
Boxing Club, spavia day spa, Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea and Kalamata
Greek Grill. To learn more visit

About Kalamata Grill

Numerous winner of the “Best Greek Restaurant in Detroit,” Kalamata was
born in 2008 as a fresh, Greek fast casual restaurant headquartered in
Royal Oak, Michigan. The healthy, contemporary menu allows guests to
have complete freedom to build their Gyros or Bowls to a variety of
tastes. Kalamata’s robust Catering Program also provides a unique and
healthy alternative for office and group events. With multiple years of
prior restaurant franchise experience, the founders, Dennis and Tom
Chinonis, have built a loyal following and continued their family’s
strong Greek history and love for the fast casual food industry. For
more information, visit,
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