Sisters Kiersten and Krista Gormeley opened their first Shaka Bowl, a Hawaiian-inspired, healthy, fast-casual restaurant with a menu of acai, pitaya, poke bowls and smoothies in 2016 in Hoboken, New Jersey. After expanding the menu, the Gormeley sisters opened a second Hoboken location near the first.
Now the company wants to expand and is entering into a partnership with Oakscale Franchise Development, according to a press release from the company.
The brand is looking for experienced multi-unit franchise operators to develop franchise areas in top markets worldwide.
The menu includes a coffee bar, homemade baked goods, oatmeal, tacos (breakfast and lunch), and offers seasonal LTOs. Shaka Bowl contains the fan-favorite Cinnamon Toast Crunch Smoothie in winter and Coconut Mango Shrimp Tacos in summer.
Kiersten Gormeley is the Food Network “Chopped” champion who has never attended a cooking school. Brother Eric Gormeley, recently hired as CEO, has construction and real estate development experience as the former CEO of Deugen Development, also based in Hoboken, New Jersey.
“Shaka Bowl has built a fresh brand that has clearly resonated with the Hoboken community. They have found a formula for success to create healthy meals that meet all nutritional needs and are packaged in an environmentally friendly way.” Joshua Kovacs, CEO of Oakscale, said in the press release. “Oakscale’s goal has always been to empower progressive brands in practice, and in the hospitality industry, Shaka Bowl is at the forefront of nutrition and sustainability. Those factors, combined with the strong performance of their restaurants in a small market like Hoboken, are incredibly encouraging, especially as we are helping Shaka Bowl expand into larger markets that have many more potential customers. “