At La Granja restaurants, it’s all about serving homemade food fast.
Red menu boards offer rotisserie chicken with rice and beans, grilled steak, seafood platters and other Peruvian cuisine concocted by Gustavo Bartra, La Granja’s founder and chef.
The family-owned restaurant chain — recently recognized by a trade publication as the largest Peruvian restaurant chain outside of Peru — is on a mission to expand across South and Central Florida.
Within the past eight months, it opened restaurants in Lauderdale Lakes, Plantation, Oakland Park, North Miami and Orlando. By the end of the year, it plans to have at least four more restaurants: in Fort Lauderdale, Doral, Hialeah Gardens and Stuart.
In all, the Margate-based company’s portfolio includes over 50 restaurants, 32 corporate-owned and eight run by franchisees, some of them former employees.
“Every time we open a restaurant, we have people already waiting for us,” said Claudia Bartra, one of the owners of the Peruvian restaurant chain. “That’s very satisfying.”
La Granja started in 1993 in Aruba, an island the Peruvian family often visited and which is home to two La Granja outlets. The chain’s U.S. debut came in 1995. Expansion quickly followed.