Sbarro takes fast casual pizza plunge in Japan, adding 20 fast-food spots in Argentina
Sbarro, a U.S.-based fast food pizza brand, has made two significant international deals this year. One will bring 20 Sbarro restaurants to Argentina, and another calls for the opening of 15 locations of the brand's fast casual concept — Pizza Cucinova — in Japan, according to a company press release.
Osaka-based development and commercial real estate company — Kadoya — will open the Japanese pizza locations, while Argentine restaurant developer, Desarrolladora Gastronimica S.A. will open the restaurants in the South American nation.
Kadoya also runs the Japanese barbecue concept, Shinra, and is the country's master franchisee for Greenberry Coffee.
"We have tremendous confidence in the Sbarro Management Team and are excited to join them in impacting Japanese food culture," Kadoya subsidiary K&B Brothers President and CEO Ryohei Iwatani, said in the release. "Pizza is very popular in Japan, but people know it for either delivery pizza with less quality or high-end restaurant pizza as part of an Italian full course dinner. Now, with Pizza Cucinova, we add another option for pizza lovers in a fast-casual environment. Our customers will enjoy authentic, customizable pizza at a reasonable price."
Desarrolladora Gastronomica also has a number of brands in Argentina, from fine and casual dining to pizzerias.
The 61-year-old Sbarro brand serves New York-style pizza and other Italian favorites to guests at more than 630 restaurants across 28 countries. Pizza Cucinova began in 2013, with locations primarily in Columbus, Ohio, but is expanding worldwide.
The brand serves artisan pizza, pasta and salad inspired by the time-honored traditions and recipes of Naples, Italy and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.