Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill Opens First Oklahoma City Franchise Restaurant

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill Opens First Oklahoma City Franchise Restaurant

The new restaurant is located on Oklahoma City’s Northwest Expressway

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill Opens First Oklahoma City Franchise RestaurantDenver, CO  (  Denver-based Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, a fast-casual restaurant concept offering authentic, fresh and healthy Mediterranean food, has opened its first Oklahoma City franchise location at 4130 Northwest Expressway, Suite 106. This will be the company’s 16th location to open to date and the second outside the state of Colorado. The Oklahoma City restaurant is operated by Garbanzo franchisee GMG Oklahoma, LLC, which has the rights to develop up to 10 locations in Oklahoma.

“In collaboration with GMG Oklahoma and its owner Ed Lynn, we are proud to bring fresh and healthy Mediterranean cuisine to Oklahoma City,” says Bob Bafundo, Garbanzo vice president of company and franchise operations.  “Since the Garbanzo name began spreading throughout the country, Oklahoma City residents have been asking us to come to their area. Opening our first location in this great city with a top notch owner-operator like GMG Oklahoma is a big win for us.”

“The Northwest Expressway location in Oklahoma City is our second Garbanzo to open beyond Colorado’s borders,” explains Alon Mor, Garbanzo founder, president and CEO. “As the brand continues its nationwide growth, we are truly thankful for our franchise partners, who are among the best in the business and bring unrelenting enthusiasm for Garbanzo and their communities.”

Garbanzo offers guests a variety of authentic Mediterranean items with an emphasis on flavor, freshness and quality, as well as a healthy trans-fat free menu. Guests have the ability to customize every meal with items such as pita, laffa, falafel, shwarma, hummus, seasoned rice, sauces and dressings. All Garbanzo salads and sauces are prepared on-site daily, and the pita are made from scratch throughout the day in every restaurant. Additionally, several ingredients are bought locally and some are imported directly from the Mediterranean region. For more information about Garbanzo, visit

About GMG Oklahoma, LLC

GMG Oklahoma was founded by Ed Lynn, a Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar franchisee since 2004. He currently owns stores in Oklahoma City, Enid and Muskogee, Okla. Prior to entering the restaurant business, Lynn spent 14 years as a Choice Hotels franchisee, operating nine hotels in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. He spent his early career with Henderson Properties, Inc. on their real estate development staff.  He is a member of the board of directors of the Oklahoma Restaurant Association and sits on the Oklahoma Convention and Visitors Commission.

For more information about GMG Oklahoma-owned Garbanzo restaurants, visit their Facebook page at

About Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill is owned and operated in Colorado. The company’s founder, Alon Mor, grew up in the Mediterranean region and is a 20-year veteran of owning and running restaurants. St. Louis Bread Company/Panera Bread founder Ken Rosenthal is also co-founder of the company. Garbanzo uses only the freshest, quality ingredients for its made-from-scratch recipes, and provides several vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Garbanzo currently has 14 Colorado-based restaurants and new company-owned locations opening soon in Denver Metro and D.C./Baltimore. Franchise markets are also opening in 2012 and 2013 across the country, including San Antonio, Austin, Oklahoma City, Southern California and Dallas. To learn more about Garbanzo, visit, or