Arooga’s® Grille House & Sports Bar Signs Fourth Multi-Unit Franchise Agreement
June 16, 2015 // Franchising.com // HARRISBURG, Penn. -
Arooga's, America's Next Top Restaurant Franchise, is taking its
game to New York, with its fourth multi-unit franchise agreement
and its sixth state.
Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar, the Harrisburg,
Penn.-based award-winning full-service casual restaurant and bar,
today announced it has entered into a multi-unit franchise
agreement with JGJO Development Co. LLC to open a minimum of 10
locations in Long Island (Nassau/Suffolk Counties) & Queens
areas of New York.
Arooga's currently has nine - soon to be 10 corporate locations
in Central Pennsylvania, and it opened its first franchise location
in Uncasville, Connecticut adjacent to the Mohegan Sun Resort and
Casino in March as part of a 15 location multi-unit agreement with
the Mohegan Holding company. In May, the brand announced a
multi-unit franchise agreement with Jersey Wings Unlimited Inc. to
open a minimum of six locations in the Monmouth, Middlesex and
Ocean County areas of New Jersey.
The JGJO agreement, under the direction of Joseph A. Alagna, Jr.
and Stephan A. Stein, gives the Arooga's brand a total of 44 units,
10 corporate and 34 franchise locations, either built or under
contract. Mr. Alagna and Mr. Stein are the principals of Joseph
Gunnar & Co., the Wall Street brokerage and investment banking
firm, and the general partners of Buttonwood, a private equity
venture capital fund.
Mr. Alagna, Chairman and CEO of the new franchisee, said, "We
are thrilled to partner with Arooga's and are anxious to bring the
exciting Arooga's experience to the Long Island, New York
marketplace. We spent more than two years researching dozens of
casual dining platforms and are convinced that Arooga's does it
Added Stein, a JGJO partner: "The Arooga's concept is unique in
that it combines best in class entertainment technology, back of
house technology and food & beverage in a family-friendly
sports bar environment. All cylinders are firing at Arooga's."
JGJO is positioned to hit the ground running as two of its
limited partners, who will oversee daily operations, are seasoned
former multi-unit general managers of a nationally prominent and
successful casual dining restaurant chain.
Since Arooga's opened its first restaurant in 2008, it has been
an industry darling and aces in all aspects of its business, from
its focus on an innovative menu featuring fresh, cooked to order
items, to having a huge selection of draft beers and more TV
screens than any other sports bar. Arooga's is perhaps best known
for being selected as America's Next Top Restaurant Franchise,
beating more than 250 entrants from 36 states in a program
co-sponsored by Sysco Foods and The Franchise Edge in a nationwide
search to find an independent restaurant to become the next great
"This is a great time to be an Arooga's franchise partner and we
are thrilled to work with the tremendous team at JGJO to bring this
brand to the Long Island area," said Keith Swade, Director of
Franchise Development for Arooga's. "We have aligned with great
partners and will have more exciting news regarding new markets in
the very near future.
Arooga's, on the verge of its 7th anniversary, is one of the
fastest growing restaurant concepts in the country. "The news at
Arooga's just keeps getting better," said Gary Huether, Jr.
president and co-founder of Arooga's. "We knew from the beginning
that we were on to something great in an industry looking for
something more. Our recent agreements give us the opportunity to
show the world what the Arooga's brand is all about."
Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar is an innovative
full-service casual restaurant and bar with a sports and
entertainment focus that combines exceptional food and beverages,
with unique concepts, and proprietary operational strategies.
Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar was founded in July 2008,
and currently operates nine corporate locations in Central
Pennsylvania and its first franchise location in Uncasville,
Connecticut, adjacent to Mohegan Sun. Arooga's founders are taking
the "unique sports and entertainment restaurant & bar" concept
national and are offering franchising opportunities to qualified
multi-unit candidates. For more information, visit
DFPR for Arooga's