The husband-wife team of Roy and Tara Gilad built this “superfood cafe” around customized acai bowls. They plan to open 28 locations in 2018 and 33 in 2019, says Tara Gilad. “Finding affordable real estate can be a challenge, but landlords like the fact that we’re a healthy concept,” she says. An expansion of delivery is in the cards, but ordering kiosks are not: Guest interaction is key to the mission, says Gilad, because staff often has to educate diners on the menu’s less familiar ingredients.

LocationSan Ramon, Calif.
2017 Systemwide Sales ($000)$45*
YOY Sales Change41.4%
2017 U.S. Units48
YOY Unit Change45.5%
2017 Average Unit Volume ($000)$1,200*
Future 50 Year2018
FranchisingNo
*Technomic estimate

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