Customers eating their breakfast at the Toast Cafe in Tega Cay, South Carolina. T. Ortega Gaines ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
Customers eating their breakfast at the Toast Cafe in Tega Cay, South Carolina. T. Ortega Gaines ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

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Charlotte-based Famous Toastery named one of 2016’s best food chains

By Celeste Smith

cesmith@charlotteobserver.com

December 16, 2015 1:46 PM

Technomic, a research and consulting firm servicing the food and food service industry, gave CNBC its list of franchises to watch in 2016 – and a Charlotte-based brand is on the list.

Famous Toastery is among six food chains highlighted in a CNBC story and video released Wednesday. Robert Maynard and Brian Burchill, founders of the gourmet breakfast and brunch concept, first opened in Huntersville as Toast Cafe in 2005. In 2013, Maynard and Burchill created a franchise system, opening the first last year in Tega Cay, S.C.

Maynard told me this week that Famous Toastery now has 15 restaurants, and that number is expected to grow to 35 by the end of 2016.

Local locations are in Dilworth, Ballantyne, Davidson, Tega Cay and Mooresville.

Famous Toastery and the five other chains touted in the report provide “welcome news for potential franchisees wanting to cash in on the next big restaurant hit.”

In the story, CNBC notes Famous Toastery’s emphasis on fresh food and says the brand was “founded before toast took an artisanal turn in the last few years.”

Customers eating their breakfast at the Toast Cafe in Tega Cay, South Carolina. T. Ortega Gaines ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

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