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Franchising Magnate Jeff Moosa Adds Russos Restaurants to Portfolio; Acquires Richardson Location

Russo’s Restaurants announced today a development deal with
distinguished franchising entrepreneur Zafar “Jeff” Moosa. Backed with
more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant franchising industry,
Moosa adds the Russo’s name to his portfolio through the acquisition of
the Richardson, Texas Russo’s
Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, located at 700 E Campbell Rd. Through
the agreement, he will also significantly expand Russo’s Restaurants’
Texas footprint across Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio.

Chef Anthony Russo, the brand’s creative culinary mind, founder and CEO
of Russo’s Restaurants, the multi-brand franchisor of both Russo’s
Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen and Russo’s New York Pizzeria, inked the
agreement with Moosa. Moosa’s restaurant franchise investments and
operations also include several Taco Bell, Captain D’s and Golden Chick
locations. He’s also a former franchisee of Jack in the Box and Church’s
Chicken.

“Our current pace of growth in Texas – and beyond – is unprecedented for
our brands,” said Russo, who has 40 years of culinary expertise
featuring fresh, homemade Italian cuisine using family recipes. “With
Jeff’s business acumen behind the Russo’s brand, we are equipped to
introduce our concepts to more families, friends and business
associates. In addition to Jeff’s recent investment, we’re seeing
tremendous interest and growth this year with franchising partners in
the U.S. and internationally.”

Russo’s Restaurants offers a rare
franchise opportunity for entrepreneurs like Moosa interested in
proven brands that are entirely chef driven. Beyond consumer
convenience, Russo’s is leading the Italian dining category by creating
a business model that offers:

Recently, Chef Anthony shook up the restaurant industry and strengthened
his brands’ franchise opportunity by introducing the “Next Generation
Pizza & Italian” restaurant model–ideal for on-the-go diners looking for
authentic Italian cuisine at shopping malls, strip centers and airports.

The restaurant design and environment blends the freshness of a fine
Italian restaurant with the magic created around a homemade Italian
meal. Plus, the unique, open kitchen design and one-of-a-kind pizza bar
provides guests the chance to watch Russo’s chefs prepare hand-tossed
pizzas and homemade meals fresh from scratch and to enjoy the aromas of
authentic Italian cooking.

Beyond Texas, the brand has a U.S. franchising focus throughout Florida,
the Northeast and the middle section of the country. Internationally,
growth territories include the Middle East, Asia and Western Europe.

For more on Russo’s franchise opportunities, visit https://russosfranchise.com,
or call (1-855-978-7767).

About Russo’s Restaurants

Russo’s Restaurants is a national and international franchisor of the
fast casual and casual dining brands Russo’s New York Pizzeria and
Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen. Based in Houston, Russo’s
Restaurants is composed of a mix of corporate and franchised locations
across Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Florida. Russo’s has entered
international markets as well, with locations in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and
Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates. Chef Anthony Russo created Russo’s
Restaurants by applying his unique, family recipes featuring New
York-style pizza, and by developing a broad variety of handcrafted pasta
dishes, calzones, salads, sandwiches, soups and desserts. At its heart,
Russo’s Restaurants reflects Chef Anthony’s commitment to his New York
roots where food and family come first. To learn more about Russo’s
franchise development opportunities in the Middle East, visit www.russosfranchise.com.

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