Looking back, Famous Toastery franchisees David Glista and Lisa Boesch never thought they would end up out west running their own scratch-kitchen breakfast eatery. The couple recently opened the first Famous Toastery in Fort Collins, the brand’s first location in the western region of the U.S. Before investing in Famous Toastery and moving to Fort Collins, the couple hailed from the East Coast where they had built their respective careers in program management and the pharmaceutical sector.
As the pair thought about the next chapter of their lives, they gravitated toward Fort Collins, a college town about an hour outside of Denver where their daughter attended Colorado State University. They quickly fell in love with the town’s culture and vibrancy and decided to pack up and move from New Hampshire to Colorado with no plan in place.
While driving out west, the couple made a pit stop in North Carolina to meet some friends and happened to cross paths with Famous Toastery franchisees Bill and Patty Bingham. The Bingham’s raved about the better-breakfast concept and the flexibility it offers franchisees as service ceases after lunch.
“When we learned about the brand and talked to the CEO and Founder Robert Maynard, we saw this unique opportunity becoming a reality. Fort Collins is a foodie town, and its residents appreciate a quality breakfast spot,” David Glista said. “We saw a demand for a concept that focuses on fresh, made-to-order offerings, and Famous Toastery felt like a perfect fit.”
Famous Toastery started in 2005 in Huntersville, N.C. and has since expanded to 23 locations throughout the U.S. with several more restaurants in the pipeline as the better-breakfast segment continues to gain popularity among guests. As Famous Toastery leaps into the Western market, its commitment to quality, variety and top-notch customer service has stayed the central focus. The brunch brand boasts a breakfast and lunch menu where each entree is made-to-order using only the freshest ingredients and offers a variety of gluten-free dishes for those with dietary restrictions or preferences. For drinks, consumers can choose from specialty coffees, wines and cocktails including the classic Bloody Mary or mimosa to the more inventive Toasty Hound made with Gold Star Vodka and grapefruit juice.
As Glista and Boesch grow the brand’s presence in Fort Collins, Maynard is eager to watch the brand expand down south to Denver and Boulder.
“The Fort Collins location has opened up a door for further development throughout Colorado and has revealed an open market for better brunch. Coloradans are active and want to eat at a quality restaurant that offers a variety of innovative options suiting every lifestyle, and Famous Toastery brings that to the table,” Maynard said.
Startup costs to open a Famous Toastery range from $601,500 to $1,044,000. To learn more about franchising opportunities, click here.