There are a few hundred Johnny Rockets restaurants in the U.S. but the one in The Villages was picked to start an experimental menu.
“We’re going to be the test model and we love this opportunity,” said George Suleiman, who, with help from his family, runs the popular restaurant in Lake Sumter Landing.
It was Suleiman who proposed the new menu ideas to the national Johnny Rockets franchise organization. He wanted more variety and healthy meal alternatives. Now such items as fish and chips, gourmet burgers and healthy salads will be available.
“We’re wanted to be more than just a place for a shake and a hamburger,” Suleiman said. “We’ve got about 10 new items and expanded the menu 25 percent. The national organization loved the idea so we’re doing it.”
Johnny Rockets in The Villages has been one of the top performers for the company, Suleiman said. He and his family have operated it for six years.
“We were nervous in the beginning but we’ve come a long way,” Suleiman said, adding the restaurant will hold a special promotion for the new menu on Wednesday, Aug. 9.
“It would be great if our new menu goes national,” Suleiman said.