– Austrian coffee specialist the Schärf Gruppe has expanded its “the italian” restaurant chain into Germany, opening its flagship German franchise this spring in Recklinghausen, North Rhine-Westphalia. The two-story, 400-seat restaurant offers classic Italian dishes – pasta, pizza, salads, sandwiches and desserts – as well as a very wide variety of coffees, teas and other beverages under the motto “mornings, afternoons, evenings, always.” The chain, launched in 2012, currently has seven outlets and intends to expand further, including in Germany. The Recklinghausen franchise expects to generate annual sales of EUR 1.8 million and employ roughly 50 people.
– There might not be a German equivalent to its famous slogan “Finger Lickin’ Good,” but Germans definitely appear to like the American fast-food chain KFC more and more. In 2017, the fried-chicken specialist’s sales jumped by 10 percent in Germany, to reach almost EUR 244 million, and 15 new restaurants were opened. In 2019, the company plans to vastly expand its number of operations in Germany to 500 from the current level of 163. In 1968, KFC became the first American fast-food company to come to Germany, even before McDonald’s and Burger King.
– The Belgian restaurant chain EXKi has opened its first German restaurant in Cologne, offering some 140 healthy products, such as sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts. The space, which was designed to echo design elements of the city’s famous cathedral, offers space for 156 inside and 12 outside. Additional restaurants are planned for Cologne and other German cities. The chain currently has a total of 90 franchises in France, Italy and the Benelux countries.