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Sydney-based restaurant chain Rashays is heading to Wagga and promising to bring a “family vibe” to the local dining scene. Rashays have locations across NSW, Queensland and Victoria and soon they will take up residence on Baylis Street, where Italian restaurant Basil & Olive previously plied their trade. The family-owned and operated business is experiencing “aggressive” expansion throughout the year and Wagga will be the chain’s first regional restaurant in Australia, according to co-founder and owner Shannon Ykmour. IN OTHER NEWS: “We thought Wagga was a great opportunity, a great family base there, we just thought Wagga was the place to be,” she said. By the end of 2022, Rashays hopes to have grown from 32 to 50 locations nationwide. Ms Ykmour said she and her husband Rami saw a gap in the Wagga food market that they could slip into. “There was definitely a gap. We cater to all needs and all demographics,” she said. “We found a place that suited Rashays, so why not leave Wagga.” Currently, 18 of their current 32 locations are franchised, but the Wagga restaurant will be company-run, to begin with, and Ykmours is open to a local franchisee taking over in the future. The Rashays are currently recruiting for the new restaurant and they are looking for 40-50 locals to staff the operation and Ms Ykmour expects the doors to open by the end of June, after some renovations to the Baylis Street storefront. Rashays first opened their first family-style restaurant specializing in modern Australian classics in Liverpool, in 1998, and Ms Ykmour said their range of choice and excellent service is what sets them apart. “[People] can come to Rashays and be treated with warmth, great service, lovely tasty food in a great environment,” she said. Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date information to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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