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Johnny Carino's Country Italian


Carinos’s Italian restaurants (formerly Johnny Carino’s Country Italian) are all about food, fire and fun. Food is at the heart of what Carino’s Italian does, serving up delectable dishes of Italian classics, as well as Carino’s signature dishes, like Skilletini and Spicy Shrimp, all handcrafted from the finest, freshest ingredients. Carino’s chefs are devoted to perfection, infusing each recipe with their unique creativity, the secret ingredient that makes Carino’s stand out above other restaurants. Carino’s instills passion into everything it does, thus the ‘Fire’ part of its mission, an undying enthusiasm for creating outstanding food and great dining experiences. Finally, fun is what happens when all the elements come together at Carino’s Italian.

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Carino’s Italian offers outstanding franchising opportunities with a national brand, a restaurant concept that emphasizes food, fire and fun, and a franchise system that values customer relationships above all else. Carino’s parent company, Fired Up, owns about half of the approximately 140 Carino’s Italalian restaurants in more than 25 U.S. states, and franchises the remainder, including restaurant locations in Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, and United Arab Emirates. Fired Up was founded in 1997 by Creed L. Ford III, and Normal Abdallah, both of Dallas, Texas.

Carino’s Italian Franchise Opportunities – History

Carino’s Italian restaurant began in the mid-1990s when Spageddies Italian Kitchen was acquired from Brinker International, Inc., by Kona Restaurant Group, Inc. and became Johnny Carino’s Italian Kitchen. In 1997, Johnny Carino’s was acquired by Fired Up, Inc., an Austin, Texas-based company, which reinvented the restaurant’s menu, focusing on fresh ingredients and handmade dishes and emphasizing authentic Italian cuisine, and changing the brand name to, simply, Carino’s Italian. Today, Carino’s Italian has more than 140 locations in the United States and 10 abroad.

Carino’s Italian Franchise Cost / Initial Investment / Carino’s Italian

Franchise Income

Contact Carino’s corporate headquarters for details about franchise costs, at 412-856-1780. After opening its 100th restaurant in 2004, Carino’s recorded system-wide sales of $235 million.

Carino’s Italian Business Opportunities: Other Information

Carino’s Italian is doing its part in helping the environment with its initiatives, the Cool Roof Program, installing solar reflecting roofs whenever they need replacing; Wind energy, in which 30 of its Texas restaurants are partially powered by wind; using Energy Star rated air conditioning units; a cooking oil recycling program; and paper napkins recycling.


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