WOWorks is the holding company for better-for-you restaurant brands Saladworks and Frutta Bowls. Fast-casual and fast-food restaurant brands. Both these brands share the same core DNA that is shared by all WOWorks restaurant brands. They not only satisfy guests’ appetites, but also provide delicious, plant-forward, nutritious, and flavorful food to help them pursue their passions and live full and happy lives.
Barberitos Southwestern Grille and Cantina offers a Southwestern fast-casual burrito or taco, bowl, salad, and bowl. Guests can customize their order by choosing their protein and toppings. Barberitos Southwestern Grille and Cantina only serve 100% natural meals. They use hormone-free and plant-based proteins and are prepared and cooked every single day. The brand was founded in 2000 in Athens, GA. It has 50 franchised restaurants and four company-owned locations, primarily in the Southeast.
Zoup! Eatery is a trendsetting fast-casual concept that focuses on serving the best soups, broth bowls and salads. Zoup! Zoup! offers 12 rotating daily soups. This innovative menu offers tasty, nutritious food made from clean-label ingredients. Zoup was founded in 1998 in Southfield, MI. Eatery currently has 67 restaurants that are franchised and one corporate-owned restaurant. This brand was founded with the goal of improving the quality of soups in restaurants and bringing to life the warmth and comfort often associated with soup. Zoup! Zoup! is located in the north-central US and Canada.
Zoup! Zoup! Eric Ersher, founder and former CEO of Zoup!, will continue to run Specialty Products, LLC. Systems, LLC. Zoup! Zoup! Specialty products are premium broth products made from high-quality ingredients. They were created to replicate the restaurant quality of the brand’s restaurants and bring that same taste to the retail marketplace. Ersher was previously responsible for the Zoup! brand’s strategic planning, product development, quality and franchisee support. brand. Ersher, was the owner of Michigan Foods (which blended and distributed spices and customized spice blends) before creating Zoup!
“Today we welcome Barberitos Southwestern Grille, Cantina & Zoup!” Kelly Roddy, CEO and founder of WOWorks, LLC, said that WOWorks is now open for eating. These brands are in line with our overall goal of becoming one of the most plant-forward and good-for-you restaurants in the sector. Both brands align with our WOWorks Vision and Mission. They believe in igniting passions within their guests, partners, and communities so that everyone can live their best lives.
WOWorks has acquired six brands. It will now have over 400 restaurants and more than 10,000 jobs in the restaurant business. WOWorks is taking over the operations and infrastructure of both brands to propel explosive growth. WOWorks plans to use best practices from all brands and share services. They will also continue to grow their purchasing and negotiation power, as well as their ability to maximize cost efficiency to drive growth productivity and vendor support.
“In closing, I want to say that we are extremely proud of the entire WOWorks team and very excited to welcome Barberitos Southwestern Grille, Cantina, and Zoup!” We are now adding Eatery to our portfolio. We look forward to working together to fuel the ‘Originality” of our guests, team members, business partners, and communities, and giving everyone the chance to live their best lives,” stated Kelly Roddy CEO of WOWorks.