SOURCE: CRG Management, LLC

CRG Management, LLC

May 12, 2016 12:42 ET

Tampa Restaurant Success Encourages Growth to St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, FL--(Marketwired - May 12, 2016) - "Quick Service" gets a whole new meaning at Fresh Kitchen in St. Petersburg. Ciccio Restaurant Group opened their newest location on March 1 in St Petersburg, FL. They were inspired to expand the Fresh Kitchen concept after its overwhelming success in Tampa's Soho district, and more recently University Park, Fl, which launched in November 2014 and November 2015 respectively.

CRG's newest quick-service concept invites customers to "point and create" chef-inspired bowls in a modern 2,500 square foot space, adorned with contemporary art. At the service counter, guests are presented with a diverse array of unique bowl ingredients, including mixed greens, flavored rice and quinoa, sweet potato noodles, roasted veggies, hormone & antibiotic-free meats, home-made sauces, and bold add-ons.

The focus is on the customer experience from start to finish. Even while waiting in line, guests are tempted with home-made unprocessed desserts, cold-pressed juices and refreshing teas. Owner and partner, James Lanza, shares, "FK is committed to a customer service and food experience once only expected in full-service restaurants, yet so convenient and unique, it can be enjoyed several days a week."

"We are thrilled to bring Fresh Kitchen's unique food and culture to the St. Pete community," said Steve Lanza, partner and owner. "Our fans have been anticipating the opening since we announced it at the end of 2015. It's really great to see such a loyal following as we continue to expand our operations."

Fresh Kitchen's executive chef, Ryan Mitchell, credits the restaurant group's recent success -- in launching two new stores within sixteen months of opening the doors to the flagship location on Howard Ave in Tampa -- with their ability to adapt to changing consumer behavior and anticipate market trends. "People are busier and more active than ever before. Customers expect their food and their restaurant experience to match the pace of their lifestyle…we couldn't agree more."

When asked if there were plans for more Fresh Kitchen stores in the near future, Lanza replied that expansion is a top priority. "We're always looking for partnership opportunities to grow our business lines and break into new markets. Be on the lookout for us on the East Coast in 2017."

Guests can visit the restaurant at 4447 4th Street N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33703 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:35 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 9:05 p.m. on Sundays. More information can be found by visiting Ciccio Restaurant Group on the Web at www.cicciorestaurantgroup.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @EatFreshKitchen.

About Ciccio Restaurant Group:

Ciccio Restaurant Group (CRG) was founded over 25 years ago in New York City. The healthy mindset and beautiful weather drew the founders to the Florida coast in 1996. CRG currently owns and operates 11 different restaurants under the Ciccio Water, Ciccio Cali, The Lodge, Green Lemon, Daily Eats, and Fresh Kitchen brand names.

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