KENYA – Artcaffé Coffee and Bakery, an operator of a casual dining and quick-serve restaurant chain in Kenya, has expanded its portfolio of restaurants with the latest branch opened in Narok.

Artcaffé opened its first restaurant in 2008 and currently boasts of having over 50 outlets spread across Nairobi.

The launch of the new branch coincided with the celebration of 15 years of operations and commitment to bringing the best of artisanal baked goods, gourmet food products, and casual dining experiences to Kenya.

“Thank you for your support over the past 15 years – we couldn’t have done it without you! We can’t wait to see what the future holds and to continue sharing our love of good food with you all,” the chain said in a LinkedIn post.

The restaurant industry in Kenya has seen significant growth in recent years, driven by rising disposable household incomes, fast economic growth, and a young population.

Recently, TotalEnergies Marketing Kenya opened its 8th Mugg & Bean branch in Nairobi to offer customers convenient shopping services.

The store will offer customers a wide range of products, such as coffee, muffin cakes, smoothies, and iced coffee, among others.

“This is part of our customer-centered food and shop approach in the retail business, which is a key pillar of our market strategy to provide modern and friendly points of sale that make a difference to our customers,” TotalEnergies Marketing Kenya Commercial Manager Retail & Card Christophe Wittmann said.

In 2016, TotalEnergies partnered with South African restaurant franchise group Famous Brands to tap into the growing on-the-move restaurant segment driven by the rapidly expanding middle class.

Through the franchise agreement, TotalEnergies operates coffee-led quick service restaurants (QSR) and Mugg & Bean On-The-Move (OTM) in its service stations within Kenya.

In addition to On-the-Move and sit-down restaurants in various locations in Nairobi, Mugg & Bean also offers home-delivery services through leading delivery aggregators.

In addition, Dubai’s fast-food chain, ChicKing, entered the Kenyan market in February, with its first outlet in Mombasa with bigger plans of expansion in Nairobi.

The outlet opened in partnership with a local franchise, M/S Crispy, along Nyerere Avenue, and is the first in the East African region.

The restaurant boasts 230 stores across the globe, with a presence in the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Djibouti, Somalia, South Africa, Angola, and Morocco.

ChicKing specializes in fried chicken, Halal meat, and French fries, which the Operations Manager Sayed Mahmoud said are sourced locally.

“All our chicken is sourced locally, the bread for the burgers, and even the potatoes for the French fries. Everything is coming from the local market,” Mahamoud said.

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