Bento Cafe Plans for Expansion
Bento Café is not just in Gainesville anymore; the Bento Group has expanded into Orlando! College friends David Yu, Jimmy Tung and Johnny Tung started the Bento Group in 2002 in Gainesville but have recently expanded into North and Central Florida. The newest location near the University of Central Florida will consist of a 3,800 SF restaurant space with indoor and outdoor seating for 150 guests and a full liquor bar. The café is located at 12250 Strategy Blvd., Suite 443 and is looking for new hires.
The Bento Group currently has Bento Café locations in downtown Orlando and in the Dr. Phillips area. It will soon open its newest eatery near UCF. But that’s not the final move for the Bento Group in Orlando. The group has its sights on another location in Winter Park near the new Trader Joe’s, making it the fourth Bento Café in Central Florida.
Bento Café already has six locations throughout North and Central Florida. The café recently signed a lease for a new 3,000 SF Bento Café in Tallahassee near Florida State University, and it’s interested in a possible second location in midtown Tallahassee. The group is looking to enter the Tampa Bay and South Florida markets in 2015 with plans to open 40 Bento Café locations within the next five years!