Zoës Kitchen is a chain of limited-service restaurants that offer Mediterranean-inspired sandwiches, entrees, salads and sides in a quick and casual format. With its focus on fresh food, friendly service and value pricing, the chain is a popular option for lunchtime diners and those looking for a scratch-made home-meal replacement. Zoës Kitchen USA LLC operates and franchises the chain. Restaurants offer dine-in and takeout service. A grab-and-go case with packaged foods is located near the ordering counter. The chain also sells fully prepared takeaway meals large enough for a family of four. Catering options include box lunches, party trays and delivered meals. Zoë and Marcus Cassimus opened the first Zoës Kitchen in 1995 in Birmingham, Alabama. John Cassimus acquired the rights to his mother’s restaurant in 1999. Private-equity firm Brentwood Associates acquired a majority interest in the chain in 2007.

LocationBirmingham, Ala.
2011 Systemwide Sales$49,000,000*
% Change in Sales40.0%
2011 U.S. Units57
2011 Average Unit Volume$980,000
% Change in AUV2.1%
Future 50 Year2012