Giardino Salads

Giardino Salads


Giardino was born from a passion and commitment to educating their customers about where real food comes from.

After asking her students where orange juice came from and they said a juice box, Ody Lugo knew there was an opportunity to educate the new generation about whole foods. That is when Founder, Ody Lugo, an elementary school teacher, took a radical sabbatical and, without any prior knowledge, became an immediate entrepreneur. She and her husband, Kenny Lugo, set out to learn every aspect of the restaurant business and, in just nine months, opened their doors to the first Giardino in October 2004. They believe that with fresh, whole ingredients, knowledge, and love, any food can taste great.

It started with a seed & flourished into a business…
They cultivated a new approach by opening a fast casual restaurant that combined unique whole foods and homemade fare, with a “feels like home” ambience serving a wide variety of signature salads, warm grain bowls, wraps, soups, homemade sides and more. In addition, their robust catering program lets you enjoy Giardino at your events and their up to date technology allows you to have it anytime.

Now in full bloom…
Giardino Gourmet Salads sprouted…only to become the premiere salad concept in South Florida. Twenty years later, it has Franchise locations in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe County. Giardino is a business favorite for those looking for a profitable business that is focused on health & well-being.

A Healthy Eatery Positioned for Growth

Giardino is bringing a turnkey opportunity to the fast casual dining space — specializing in whole fresh foods!

Franchise owners can expect good margins, and an experienced support team while benefiting from a validated place in a growing market. Our proven system delivers fresh and delicious menu options that customers crave and love. Franchisees can leverage a straightforward business model, with efficient operations, enhanced technology that will outperform the competition every time.

Giardino offers mouthwatering salads, grain bowls, wraps, and soups made with the absolute best ingredients, paired with exciting flavor options while providing exceptional customer service. This ‘Garden to Bowl’ concept offers a variety that gives the customer the Nutritional Empowerment™ for them to make the correct dietary choice — a winning recipe for our franchise partners.

Giardino franchisees can now enjoy the freedom that comes with owning their own business and having guidance from an already established and respected brand in the fast casual healthy dining space.

A Salad Restaurant Meant to Soar

Giardino brings you the ultimate food experience with plenty of fresh greens, vegetables, fruits, & tons of delicious toppings, Home-made croutons proprietary products that are full of flavor. We’ve become a customer favorite!

Simple Operations Model: Giardino serves unique, delicious fresh-to-order food, with
streamlined systems for in-house and on deliveries. The day-to-day operations are easy to
maintain with a well-trained team.

Strong Potential ROI: Giardino is an affordable step into the food and beverage industry with high standards and consistent delivery of quality product & customer service.

Unique Concept: Giardino has a variety of product like no other fast-casual dining. Our recipes and combinations have a gourmet profile with homemade products offering endless combinations. Our customers enjoy our meals a few times a week!

Low Opening Cost: Our concept is the perfect fit for new entrepreneurs ready to invest in their future. We have a small footprint with minimal kitchen equipment required.

Proven Success: We’ve been very successful in this industry having efficient operations and strong vendor relationships. Allowing the entrepreneur to have a work & life balance.

Are you a Good Fit for Giardino?

We’re seeking franchisees who have the following qualities to join our team:

  • Incredible work ethic, discipline, and integrity
  • Strong customer service skills
  • A love for food
  • Leadership mentality

Financial Overview


ESTIMATED MINIMUM INITIAL INVESTMENT: $217,417 – $433,500 (with franchise fee)

ROYALTY FEE: 6% of Gross Sales

“ Giardino” means garden…
We specialize in bringing nature’s raw foods to a culinary experience by combining the freshest ingredients – cool crisp, garden-fresh greens, vegetables and fruits combined with homemade dressings and dailybaked croutons…hand-tossed to perfection and served with love by our gardeners.

Support You Can Count On

An extensive dual-phase initial training program will help set up our franchise partners with all the knowledge they need to run a Giardino.

We will provide ongoing training and support in many areas, including unit operations, maintenance, customer-service techniques, product ordering, pricing guidelines, and administrative procedures.

Leverage our dedication to excellence. We will coordinate development of advertising materials and strategies, consumer marketing plans, and materials.

We will provide our continued research methods and techniques to enhance unit-level profitability.

To get started, please fill out the franchise form.


Contact Phone: 978-886-7908
Contact Email: [email protected]
Franchise Fee: $40000
Initial Investment: $217,417 – $433,500
Lead Email: [email protected]
Support Training: Yes

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