Escape Enterprises signs master franchise agreement for Pakistan

The Steak Escape Sandwich Grill brand continues to expand, most recently with the signing of a master franchise agreement for Pakistan with the Lallani Properties group.

Brothers Alishan, Shayan and Shahan Lalani signed the master franchisee agreement with Escape Enterprises earlier this month, giving the three brothers the rights to develop Steak Escape Sandwich Grill restaurants in Pakistan. The Sandwich Grill brand is Steak Escape’s latest restaurant concept, offering customers a modern, fast-casual dining experience and the ability to order customizable sandwiches, wraps, rice bowls and salads.

Escape Enterprises President and Founder

Their plan is to open 10 Steak Escape Sandwich Grill restaurants in cities such as Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore over the next six years. The first of the ten restaurants will be built in the metropolitan city, Karachi, which boasts a population of more than 21 million people. That restaurant is slated to open in October or November of this year.

Lloyd Allen, Escape Enterprises Vice President of International Franchising, is excited to be working with the three brothers to bring the Steak Escape Sandwich Grill brand to Pakistan.

Brothers Shahan and Alishan Lalani with the Escape Enterprises franchise support team. Pictured left to right, Lloyd Allen, Jeff Fix, David Thornsley, Vanessa Salazar, Linda Corbet, Mike Corbin, Shahan Lalani, Kelly Egan, Alishan Lalani, Ken Smith, Deb Riedel, Dave Smith, Joe Brodbeck and Mark Turner. “They’re just a great group of guys who really believe in the Sandwich Grill concept,” Allen said. “They lived in Arlington, Texas and experienced Steak Escape as customers for many years. When opening international locations, you always have to rely on the strength of the master franchisee, and these brothers will do a great job.”

Steak Escape in USA

In the United States, Escape Enterprises has been moving forward with the Steak Escape Sandwich Grill concept. The third Steak Escape Sandwich Grill unit recently opened in the Arena District of Columbus, Ohio, with additional Steak Escape Sandwich Grills opening soon in North Carolina, Mississippi and West Virginia. The Sandwich Grill concept boasts a new logo, store design and product delivery system, enhancing the customer experience in the areas of speed, choice, healthy alternatives and overall dining ambience.

Founded in 1982 and based in Columbus, Ohio, Steak Escape is the originator of the mall Cheesesteak concept, though in recent years has expanded to include six different restaurant models. It stakes its reputation on freshly prepared and grilled Cheesesteaks, Fries, Fresh-squeezed Lemonade and a variety of fresh-grilled specialty subs, salads and Smashed Potatoes. Today, Steak Escape restaurants operate in more than 100 cities in 23 states and four countries.

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