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BUSINESSMAN SEEKING FRANCHISEE TO OPEN ITALIAN RESTAURANTS IN EL PASO

August 23, 2011

Vic Kolenc


Houston chef and restaurateur Anthony Russo is looking for an El Paso franchisee to open at least three restaurants in El Paso beginning next year.

He wants to open two Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen franchises here, and possibly one Russo's New York Pizzeria, as part of plans to expand to other parts of Texas, and a handful of other states, Russo reported.

The Coal-Fired Kitchen is his latest concept. It offers upscale-type food at a reasonable price, he said.

Russo's has 30 restaurants, including five Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen locations. The largest share of Russo's are in the Houston area.

It costs $495,000 to open a Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen franchise, Russo said.


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