Teriyaki Madness Hits West Florence

Teriyaki Madness, a fast-casual Asian restaurant concept, opened its latest location Monday morning at the west Florence corner of Pine Needles and South Ebenezer roads inside the BP gas station.

The restaurant offers guests a teriyaki menu. Each dish is made-to-order using all natural, fresh ingredients. Crew members stood alongside ambassadors from the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. to make the grand opening official.

At Teriyaki Madness, guests can choose from a variety of selections such as chicken, beef or tofu teriyaki, orange chicken and chicken katsu. Entrees are served as either bowls or plates and are served with sides of either rice or noodles and either steamed or stir-fried vegetables. Macaroni salad or green salad also is available as a side option.’

Dozens of Florence residents anxiously waited for the doors to open Monday morning as the first 25 customers received coveted door prizes. The first five people in the door won a year’s worth of free bowls while 20 other lucky guests received free bowls for a month.

Co-owners Dipti, Ketan and Monank Patel said they found the idea for the Teriyaki Madness franchise online and knew it would be the perfect fit for the building and the west Florence area.

Patel said after deciding to open the franchise, the process went quickly and the business was open within four months. So far, Patel said she has received nothing but positive feedback from her guests and the surrounding neighborhood about opening a restaurant with a more health-oriented menu.

“If you live in West Florence, it is a huge neighborhood that was just waiting for something. They really wanted a healthy option,” Patel said. “People didn’t want fried stuff. They wanted good food, real food. And we’ve got it.”

The Teriyaki Madness franchise was founded in 2003 and has franchise agreements for nearly 150 locations across the nation. Teriyaki Madness in Florence is open every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information about the restaurant and its menu, go to teriyakimadness.com.

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