A restaurant chain is expanding and will possibly create more hospitality jobs in Long Island.
Arooga has created its fourth multi-unit franchise agreement and its sixth state.
The Grille House and Sports Bar has an 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.
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.”
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.
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 best.”