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New Brand Flying Pan Takes Off in U.S.

The Flying Pan U.S. flagship store is now open in Tampa. Franchisor BFC Retail Group is honored to become part of the Tampa business community with its new location, worldwide logistics and U.S. corporate headquarters.

BFC has a presence in over 10 countries and now 11 with their expansion into the U.S. "Tampa is a true melting pot of people and cultures, which is ideal for showcasing a new food franchise. We plan to develop a cluster of cafés in the greater Tampa area and then expand via multi-unit franchisees and area developers to other parts of North America and the Caribbean," states CEO of BFC Holdings US Laurent Corgnet.

Tampa has been abuzz about the opening at 2702 W. Kennedy Blvd, and guest feedback during the café’s first month of business has been very positive. "The food is fantastic and unlike anything we have in this area. My latte was spectacular. We came from Wesley Chapel and will make the trip many more times," commented guest Laura Myers, who dined with her niece Serena Bohannon.

With crêpes flying out fast, the store hosted its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on April 11. Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandra Murman was on hand and presented Flying Pan with a plaque commemorating the event and recognizing their selection of Tampa Bay for operations. Tampa City Council Chairman Charlie Miranda and Consul General of France in Miami Gaël de Maisonneuve were also in attendance.

"When you enter, you immediately feel the warm, friendly ambiance. It will be a wonderful meeting place to come with friends in the morning, for families after school or a great place to bring a dinner date," said a couple, who were on their first visit. With crêpe artists cooking before you in an open kitchen, Flying Pan delights you and your taste buds. Sweet and savory crêpes with internationally inspired ingredients are made-to-order along with café fare including pressed sandwiches, omelettes, soups, hand-tossed salads and decadent desserts. Guests also have a wide variety of gourmet drinks to choose from including espresso based beverages, specialty teas, craft sodas, smoothies, milkshakes and craft beer and wine.

Flying Pan is a European-inspired all day neighborhood café with self-serve dining. Franchisor, BFC Retail Group, started The Crêpe Café in Australia in 2001, which expanded from Australia to the Middle East and now has 30 locations with a presence in 10 countries. In 2010, BFC Retail Group created Flying Pan, which is a new fast casual café brand, to reach new horizons and expansion to the U.S.

Misann Ellmaker
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