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Giardino Gourmet Salads to expand beyond Florida

The Miami-based salad concept hopes to grow in the U.S. and South America.

Giardino Gourmet Salads was founded in 2004 by Ody and Kenny Lugo, a former teacher and former firefighter, respectively. It has since become a mainstay of the South Florida restaurant scene.

The Miami-based chain offers salads, soups and wraps in its restaurants and via catering, a mix the company hopes will help it expand throughout the U.S. in the coming years.

Julio Ramirez, who worked for Burger King for more than 26 years, is a part owner and board member at

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