Ultimate and Garcia's team of professionals will partner to open Harvey's Bistro in Lake Mary, Florida. Harvey's will be Ultimate's first venture into the fine-casual dining segment and it will be the second location in Orlando. The original Harvey's is a highly successful and long standing restaurant and bar that caters to the downtown business crowd and is a favorite for theater and basketball patrons for pre-event dining. The original Harvey's is located in the Bank of America building.
Mr. Garcia currently serves on the Board of Directors of Burger King, Inc. He formally operated as one of the most successful Burger King franchisees in the country, operating as many as 67 units before his eventual sale of those restaurants. He is also recognized for his continued success in multiple high end concepts such as Hue, Kres, and Manuels. Additionally Mr. Garcia's Pebbles restaurants have long been a Central Florida stalwart.
Christopher Swartz, CEO of Ultimate stated, "We could not be more excited. Partnering with Manny Garcia is an excellent opportunity for us. He is an individual that everyone in our industry recognizes as a true "pro" and his success speaks for itself. This is our first venture into fine-casual dining and we could not have hoped for anyone stronger to partner with. We hope that this will be one of many ventures with Manny and his team."
Harvey's will continue to feature their signature menu items such as steak tartare, shrimp vesuvio, and meatloaf Palinski.
Ultimate Franchise Systems, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: UFSY) currently has investments in approximately 589 franchised restaurants and 40 weight loss clinics in 30 states throughout the United States. These brands include Gator's Dockside Restaurants, Jreck Subs, Inc., Central Park Hamburgers, Li'l Dino's Deli and Grille, Sobik's Subs. (OTC Pink Sheets: QRVI) Famous Uncle Al's Hot Dogs (OTC Pink Sheets: FFDG), Flamers Hamburgers, Westshore Pizza, Obee's Subs, New York Burrito and Beverly Hills Weight Loss (OTC Bulletin Board: WLFI).
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