Food & Drink International - Spring 2017 Volume 1 - 18
>> Meson Sandwiches' family dynasty includes (from left) President Felipe Perez with his son Feliipe Perez III, founder Felipe Perez Sr., and brother Gil Perez.
Meson Sandwiches plans to expand further into the United States market after
realizing the success of its central Florida locations. By Janice Hoppe-Spiers
eson Sandwiches is the largest and fastest-growing restaurant chain in
Puerto Rico and strives to duplicate that status in the United States.
The company began testing its concept in the U.S. market in 2015
when it opened its first location in Orlando, Fla. With three locations
now in central Florida, Meson Sandwiches plans to open
two more by mid-2017.
"Every year we have been able to continue growing
same-store sales," President Felipe Perez
says. "Orlando has been very important for us because we
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wanted to test the market to see if we could do a crossbreakfasts and espresso bar
over into the states. Following our plan, we opened our
Felipe Perez, president: "How
we bring the millennials to our
third restaurant two months ago because we are doing so
brand is very important for us."
well in the first two stores in Orlando and Kissimmee, Fla.
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We have been very happy with the
results so far, averaging $2 million in
sales per restaurant per year, which is
above the industry average."
Perez's father, Felipe Perez Sr.,
founded the Mayaquez, Puerto Rico-based company in 1972 in his
hometown of Aguadilla - a small
beach town located on the western
part of the island. "It is a well known
town; Ramey Air Force Base was located there," Perez says. "From the
beginning we catered to the Ameri-