Citizinvestor’s Tony DeSisto takes on new challenge, launches Simple Greek franchise

Tony DeSisto, the Tampa-based civic activist, is rising to accept a new challenge — restaurateur. The co-founder of Citizinvestor, an online crowdfunding platform for public and community infrastructure projects, will open the first Florida franchise of The Simple Greek, an innovative fast-casual concept that seeks to transform the idea of a traditional Greek restaurant. Starting in mid-February, The Simple Greek … Read More

The Simple Greek is featured in the Highland Park Today

The Highland Park Today, a publication of the Highland Park, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, recently featured an editorial write up on The Simple Greek, highlighting the restaurant for promotion in the local area. The Simple Greek ‘s Highland Park location, located on Central Avenue, opened in the spring of 2015 and has become a popular spot for those seeking a … Read More

Marcus Lemonis Restaurant The Simple Greek Coming to Paramus

The Simple Greek and Entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis (from CNBC’s The Profit) announced that they are bringing their new, fast casual restaurant concept, The Simple Greek, to 20 major metro markets including Paramus, NJ. An episode of The Profit showed Lemonis buy into Pittsburgh chain My Big Fat Greek Gyro, which was re-branded as The Simple Greek. “Coming from a Greek … Read More

Opa! Marquette alum Marcus Lemonis to expand The Simple Greek franchise to Milwaukee

Marquette University alumnus, businessman and television personality Marcus Lemonis, is bringing a new fast casual restaurant, The Simple Greek, to Milwaukee and 19 other markets. Lemonis — who stars on “The Profit,” a reality show where he turns around struggling businesses across the U.S. and buys an ownership stake in the companies — announced the expansion plans with the Greek restaurant that … Read More

The Simple Greek QSR and Entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis Announce 20 New U.S. Markets for Franchise Expansion and Openings

The Simple Greek and Entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis announced today that they are bringing their new, fast casual restaurant concept, The Simple Greek, to 20 major metro markets with multiple locations in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas and Wisconsin. The Simple Greek chain currently consists of four locations; three locations throughout the … Read More

Sophie’s closes to make way for second Lemonis venture

Entrepreneur and CNBC television star Marcus Lemonis is bringing his latest on-screen business endeavor to Highland Park, replacing his first local restaurant, which closed in late January, according to Lemonis’ spokesperson. Located at 478 Central Ave., The Simple Greek will serve Greek lunch and dinner offerings in a “fast casual” setting, said Karen Porter, director of Media Services for Marcus Lemonis LLC. The … Read More

Marcus Lemonis bringing the Simple Greek to Highland Park

Marcus Lemonis, entrepreneur and Lincolnshire-based CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises, is bringing a new fast-casual restaurant concept, the Simple Greek, to north suburban Highland Park. Slated to open in spring, the restaurant plans to serve authentic Greek flavors for lunch and dinner daily at 478 Central Ave. “Coming from a Greek family, I am particularly excited to … Read More

Lemonis to open The Simple Greek in Highland Park

Chicago-area businessman Marcus Lemonis plans to open a Greek restaurant in Highland Park. The Simple Greek, a fast casual restaurant, is expected to open this spring at 478 Central Ave. Its signature sandwich is a gyro. Sandwiches and salads are prepared assembly line style in front of customers, similar to the systema used by Chipotle Mexican Grill and Subway. Lemonis … Read More

Peters-based My Big Fat Greek Gyro looks for boost from reality TV

The owners of a local chain of Greek restaurants with dreams of going national are hoping a reality TV makeover will help those dreams come true. Peters-based My Big Fat Greek Gyro will appear in an episode of “The Profit,” a CNBC show in which businessman Marcus Lemonis consults with small businesses to fix their problems and decides whether he’ll … Read More