Houston star-chef Robert Del Grande and his partners in Schiller Del Grande Restaurant Group launched the fast-casual bakery-cafe Cafe Express in 1984. Upscale décor complements housemade Southwest- and Mediterranean-influenced cuisine served in all three dayparts. Besides soup, salads and sandwiches, menus feature simple roasts and grills and specials such as burrata Panini. The concept blends high-quality food with some elements of self-service, such as Oasis Table, a gourmet condiment bar. Online ordering, takeout and catering are offered. Wendy’s International owns a majority stake, but Schiller Del Grande maintains creative direction of the chain.
|2012 Systemwide Sales||$32,500,000*|
|% Change in Sales||6.6%|
|2012 U.S. Units||20|
|2012 Average Unit Volume||$1,700,000*|
|% Change in AUV||0.6%|
|Future 50 Year||2013|