International dining chain, Vapiano, has opened its first Australian restaurant in Brisbane’s CBD.
The business, which serves old-fashioned Italian meals using local produce, began in 2002 in Germany and now has more than 65 locations worldwide. Another 100 stores are currently in development in the US, Europe and Middle East.
Located in Albert Lane, Australia’s first Vapiano cost $2.4 million to fit-out and includes two bars, a living olive tree and a herb garden.
Vapiano’s local director, Will Cooke owns a 12 year development agreement for Australian outlets, with each restaurant having a 20 year franchise agreement.