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Located in the Colonial Plaza, Teriyaki Madness celebrated its grand opening this summer, inviting hungry patrons to enjoy its flavorful teriyaki cuisine. The fast-casual Asian restaurant is making a difference with more than just bowls of fresh meat, noodles, rice and vegetables though.

Owned by the nonprofit Brevard Achievement Center, the first installment of the franchise aims to support the organization’s mission of helping people with disabilities achieve personal success. On average, the organization serves more than 5,500 individuals with disabilities per year through a variety of programs and services.

The purchase of the Teriyaki Madness franchise helps the center accomplish its goals by supplementing BAC’s underfunded programs with net funds collected from the restaurant. It will additionally help the organization provide employment opportunities to those affected by disabilities.

“A year ago, our agency’s board and leadership realized it was time to create a new line of revenue that would give us a solid means of fulfilling our mission for years to come,” said Amar Patel, president and CEO of BAC. “When the idea of buying a franchise was put forth, we thought it was definitely worth investigating.”

This is the first of five Teriyaki Madness locations that the organization plans to open in the Metro Orlando area and Brevard County, and the first ever in Florida.

With the first establishment already underway, the second location is set to open in late fall at the Crosslands shopping center in Kissimmee. All BAC franchise locations will be managed by general manager Zack Zonker.

“We are proud to partner with the Brevard Achievement Center to help provide employment to people with disabilities and create a sustainable revenue stream to fund the nonprofit’s important mission,” said Erin Hicks, executive vice president of Teriyaki Madness.

The concept for Teriyaki Madness was originally structured in 2003, with the idea to establish a premium fast-casual Asian restaurant featuring a Seattle-style Teriyaki menu. Its recipes are topped off with made-from-scratch sauces that add unique flavors to the affordable cuisine.

Sophie Papillon, a sophomore and biology major, is one of the company’s first employees.

“Teriyaki madness benefits college students because of its affordable, delicious menu options and large portion sizes. My favorite is the spicy chicken,” Papillon said.

College students can enjoy the restaurant’s vibrant, relaxing atmosphere while chowing down on Asian cuisine, all without breaking the bank.

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Tiffani Daniel is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.

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