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Snack Franchise Kono USA Closes Six Multi-Unit Deals for 24 New Locations

Strong First Quarter Brings Footprint to 80-plus Mobile Carts, Kiosks Open or in Development
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(Franchise Clique)
Updated: Feb 27, 2017
Word count: 524 · Read time: 3 mins

MANALAPAN, N.J. (February 23, 2017) – Snack options in malls and local events are poised to take an unconventional spin with the rapid expansion of Kono USA’s“The Original” Kono Pizza and Kono To-Go – Fresh Eats, Treats & Sweets franchise brands. In the past two months, the franchisor has signed six multi-unit franchise deals with different entrepreneurial teams across the United States. All told, the multi-unit agreements call for 24 new units, bringing the brand’s total footprint to 80-plus mobile carts and mall kiosks open or in development nationwide.

Details include:

  • Arizona – seven units throughout the Phoenix-Tempe area with franchisee Pat Bhakta
  • Texas – four units in the Corpus Christi market with franchisee Veronica Altamirano
  • Virginia – four units in the Washington, D.C. – Virginia area with franchisee Daniel Brunn
  • Massachusetts – one unit in Boston with Guarang Patel and Bhaumik Shah
  • California – four units in San Francisco area with Niloo Dehghanian, as well as four additional units in San Francisco with franchisee Arshdeep Dhillon

A majority of these new units are expected to open by the end of the year.

The Kono To-Go model is perfectly suited for high traffic venues, bringing its innovative menu offerings directly to consumers in shopping malls, airports, festivals, sporting events and more. With increased attention from franchise prospects and venues alike, the company expects to sign 50-75 additional franchise agreements this year in both existing, emerging and new markets nationwide.

Kono USA Co-Founder Carlo Ruggiero, said, “Our Kono franchises are rapidly expanding and leaders in the snack space are taking notice. We’re seeing an influx of inquiries from franchise investors of all types and regions of the U.S. who are looking to join our emerging brand, snag their market before it’s sold out and grow with us. Its Kono time!”

The growing franchise has popularized a new snacking experience with customizable pizza and dessert options, all served in freshly-baked dough cones. Each snack cone is filled with high-quality ingredients inspired by original Italian recipes and baked in just three minutes in the brand’s proprietary oven.

“Consumers are more often looking for unique snack options they can’t make at home or easily find in a grocery store. That’s why our concept has taken off and is doing well in existing markets,” added Kono USA Co-Founder David Ragosa. “Kono menu options provide portability, customization, quick convenience and of course plenty of satisfying choices.” 

About Kono USA

In 2013, entrepreneurs David Ragosa and Carlo Ruggiero introduced the already popular European pizza-in-a-cone concept to America by establishing Kono USA and offering “The Original” Kono Pizza franchise opportunity. In 2015, the company expanded its portfolio to include Kono To-Go, reflecting diverse and portable product offerings of treats, eats and sweets in addition to pizza cones. All products are filled with fresh, quality ingredients inspired by original Italian recipes and baked in just three minutes in a proprietary oven. There are currently more than 80 “The Original” Kono Pizza or Kono To-Go locations operating or in various stages of development across the United States. For more information about “The Original” Kono Pizza or Kono To-Go franchises, visit or call (855) 566-6872. To learn more about “The Original” Kono Pizza and Kono To-Go, visit

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