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Rachel's Mediterranean to open largest location in Amherst

Fast-casual restaurant Rachel's Mediterranean Grill has announced plans to open its sixth location, at 5493 Sheridan Drive in Amherst, in March.

Set in the former JoJo Bistro & Wine Bar next to Black & Blue Steak and Crab, the new Rachel's will be the largest of its fleet, featuring 80 seats and spanning roughly 3,200 square feet.

Known for healthy wraps and customizable bowls - with rice, salad or pita chips as a base, followed by a protein, vegetables, cheese and a sauce - the quick-service local chain assembles each order in front of the customer, similar to Chipotle's process.

Furthering the emphasis on speed and convenience, Rachel's on Sheridan will boast a dedicated station for order pickup and run its own delivery system.

The local franchise, which aims to broaden its reach beyond Buffalo soon, is run by two brothers, president Joseph Khoury and vice president Gene Khoury. Rachel's first location was at 5953 Main St. across from Williamsville South High School, and then its first city spot opened at Delaware Avenue and Chippewa Street in 2013, before moving down the road, to 235 S. Elmwood Ave., last year.

Here are some photos of the original city spot, plus Rachel's food.

Additional locations have opened near the Walden Galleria (1526 Walden Ave.), near McKinley Mall (3860 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg) and at University at Buffalo North Campus (520 Lee Road, Amherst).

[Read more: Ben Siegel's Cheap Eats on Rachel's downtown]


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