Giordano's To Expand, Make Menu Changes

The restaurant chain hopes to double its outlets in markets outside Chicago

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    Giordano's Enterprises Inc. plans to open up to 86 stores outside of Chicago and make healthier changes to its menu.

    Some of Illinois' neighboring states will soon get a slice of Giordano's.

    Giordano's Enterprises Inc. just announced plans to open up to 86 stores outside of Chicago during the next three years, as well as make healthier changes to its menu, according to Crain's Chicago Business.

    Some of the new restaurants will be in Michigan and college towns like Madison, Wis., according to Crain's. Victory Park Capitol Advisors LLC, the new owners of Giordano's, plans to dish out $20 million dollars on the changes.

    The new owners hope to add gluten-free and lower-sodium items to its menu, as well as include more soup options, according to Crain's.

    The pizza giant also hired a new CEO, 57-year-old Yorgo Koutsogiorgas, from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Inc.

    Last year, Giordano's closed four of its restaurants after filing for bankruptcy protection.