Fast-casual restaurants gobbling up Tampa Bay market


They don’t serve food in a sack from a drive-through window.

They also don’t have waiters taking orders and delivering dishes tableside.

“Fast-casual” restaurants fill a niche between fast-food and casual dining. Customers order at a counter, and an employee brings their meals to a table. Guests aren’t expected to leave tips.

Nationwide, fast-casual restaurants reflect the fast-growing segment of the food service industry, generating $27 billion in sales last year. Here in the Tampa Bay area, a well-established testing ground for chains, diners eat them up.

“That’s where all the action is right now,” said Nick Vojnovic, president of Little Greek Restaurant chain.

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