Utah-based health-driven quick-service concept, Cafe Zupas, is on track to open its ninth Phoenix area outpost sometime next year, following an announcement that the company had signed on as a tenant at the forthcoming Surprise City Center development which is expected to begin construction later this year, with phase one wrapping up during the third quarter of 2024, according to recent reporting in the Phoenix Business Journal.
“Phoenix has been an amazing market for Café Zupas, with the community giving us such a warm welcome,” Edgar Cepuritis, VP of Real Estate at Café Zupas tells What Now Phoenix. “We are very excited to continue our growth in the area, with plans to open eight new restaurants in the next two years.”
Cafe Zupas was founded in Provo, Utah in 2004 by tech industry friends, Rob Seely and Dustin Schulthies, who “traveled extensively, eating great food in other locations,” but “noticed there was a lack of healthful options at home,” according to an article published in 2017 by Southwest News Media.
As a result, they came up with their “transparent kitchens” model, in which 203 premium ingredients are used to make “real meals, crafted from scratch, the way you would at home (if you had a lot more time on your hands),” as the company writes on its official website.
The menu features a classic line-up of salads, soups, and sandwiches, as well as a rotating cast of seasonal favorites, desserts, sides, and bowls.
Simply put, “It’s food that’s always real, whole, and healthy prepared with care and consideration. In other words, it’s slow food served fast.”