New Lineup includes PB&J, Super Awesome Grilled Cheese, Cheese Pizzawich, Kidswich and Rollups
Dallas, TX (RestaurantNews.com) Which Wich® Superior Sandwiches, the award-winning sandwich concept, is excited to better cater to the taste buds of a new generation of fans with the launch of innovative upgrades to its menu designed just for kids. The menu was developed by a legion of devoted Which Wich moms–with their own kids’ taste preferences in mind– and has been carefully tested at one of the brand’s Dallas-area locations over the last three months. The menu improvements will roll out to 15 additional markets on November 23, 2015 with a nationwide expansion to follow in early 2016.
The new menu was developed after Courtney Sinelli, wife of Which Wich Founder Jeff Sinelli, got fed up with the lack of variety available for the couple’s two young girls. Creating a new kids menu with exciting options that would appeal to her own children became her personal passion.
“When Jeff dreamed up the idea for Which Wich, he wanted to give people a wide variety of options to help make the creation of their wich a personal experience,” Courtney said. “But, kids didn’t have that same option. We knew we could do better. So we recruited a group of dedicated moms from across the Which Wich system to help create a unique menu of kids wiches that we’re proud to serve to our own families.”
In order to ensure the new kids menu would have the highest quality ingredients, taste and appeal, Courtney recruited an army of Which Wich moms and kids to help create it. From California to the Carolinas, the group began creating unique new flavor profiles. The new menu features expanded dietary options, including items like Sun Butter, a unique allergen alternative. That flexibility was critical to franchisees like Maggie Holland, who made sure the nutritional needs of her three young daughters would be well represented. Franchisee Sarah Todd made sure the “fun factor” was in the program to appeal to her three young sons.
After six months of testing, the group had created a kids menu that not only hit on all cylinders with both parents and kids, but was also a natural fit for the fun, fast, and delicious dining experience Which Wich is known for. Kids will get to mark up the same traditional brown ordering bag, but will choose from a list of wiches created specifically for them including: Peanut Butter & Jelly (PB&J), Super Awesome Grilled Cheese, featuring multiple varieties of melting gooey cheese on toasted buttery bread, Cheese Pizzawich, Kidswich and Rollups, a meat and cheese wich without bread, designed for smaller children.
Each kids meal is also focused on fun by making the experience about more than just great tasting food. Each wich is served in a three-compartment “Bento Box” with lid, a custom crazy bun straw, branded sticker sheet and a token for a heaping handful of M&Ms from Which Wich’s trademark yellow candy dispenser.
“Which Wich has been family-friendly from the beginning, but this gives kids even more reasons to be excited about coming to our restaurants. The new menu has been developed and tested by our toughest critics: kids! We want to make every kid who eats with us becomes a Which Wich fan for life, so we’re giving them all the flavors they want and making it fun at the same time,” said Which Wich CEO, Founder and Chief Vibe Officer Jeff Sinelli.
The new kids menu also continues Which Wich’s tradition of giving back to the communities it serves. For each Kids PB&J purchased, Which Wich will donate a PB&J wich to someone in need through Project PB&J. As kids themselves, Jeff and Courtney Sinelli shared a love for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. PB&J was the first wich created for the brand, and the two chose to use it as a way for Which Wich to show its support for those who are less fortunate.
“We started Project PB&J with the belief that a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich can change the world,” Sinelli said. “Since then, we’ve seen PB&J’s bring comfort and comfort food to those who need it. We want our new kids menu to help the next generation of Which Wich fans support those who need a helping hand in their own community.”
The new kids menu is part of Which Wich’s aggressive new expansion plan to close out 2015. The superior sandwich brand plans to open 83 new restaurants in the U.S. and abroad by the end of the year, and the brand expects to surpass its previous record of signed franchise agreements by 20 percent in 2015. Which Wich is also on track to grow its number of opened stores by nearly 35 percent in new and existing markets this year, and has 250 additional stores currently in site selection, lease negotiation, or construction phases.
Which Wich currently has locations in 38 states and the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Panama, Guatemala and Qatar. New territories remain available across the United States with a heavy focus on the addition of new locations in Chicago, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Washington D.C./Baltimore. The brand is also focused on international expansion as it closes out its strongest year of growth yet, with new openings scheduled in Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.
To learn more about Which Wich franchise opportunities, visit www.whichwichfranchising.com.
About Which Wich
Which Wich® Superior Sandwiches was founded in Dallas in late 2003 by restaurant entrepreneur, Jeff Sinelli. The national sandwich franchise chain is best known for its customizable sandwiches, creative ordering system, and personalized sandwich bag. In 2014, QSR named Which Wich one of their “2014 Best Franchise Deals” and Forbes listed Which Wich as one of their 2014 “30 Best Franchises To Buy.” Which Wich is also the recipient of the 2015 Nation’s Restaurant News MenuMasters “Healthful Innovations” award. Which Wich currently has 400 locations open or in development in 38 states and 10 countries. For more information, visit www.whichwich.com.
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