When the one and only Arby’s on the island of Manhattan closed at the beginning of the year, fans were inconsolable. Where will we go to get our beef n’ cheese fix?!?! Your wails of sadness have been heard by corporate. Arby’s Restaurant Group said it has awarded development rights for 41 units in the New York City area to a new franchisee formed by Charles Chera, a local real estate developer and broker.
The deal calls for the restaurants to be opened over the next 10 years, Arby’s said. According to Chera, freestanding units will average 3,000 square feet and feature a drive-thru, while in-line stores in malls and onsite locations will measure about 2,500 square feet.