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Arby’s Opens First Restaurant in Costa Rica

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By Selden Hunnicutt

Arby’s has the meats – and now, so does Costa Rica. The brand officially welcomed guests into its new restaurant in Curridabat, San José with a ribbon cutting celebration on November 24, offering Costa Rican residents a first taste of its iconic sandwiches, wraps, sides, and shakes.

Local franchisee ARBLAT owns and operates the restaurant. The group plans to open additional Arby’s locations across the country in 2023 and beyond.

“As we accelerate global growth for the Arby’s brand, we are excited to introduce our high-quality, fast-crafted meat sandwiches to new guests in Costa Rica,” said Michael Haley, President & Managing Director of International for Inspire Brands. “Working alongside a strong restaurant developer and operator like ARBLAT, an experienced fast food franchise manager group, I am excited about the long-term growth potential for Arby’s across the country.”

Ribbon cutting in Curridabat, San José

The Arby’s Costa Rica menu boasts nearly 20 meaty sandwiches served warm and featuring a wide variety of proteins, such as Arby’s slow roasted Roast Beef, 100% breast meat turkey, slow smoked brisket, sweet & smoky pork, as well as roasted and crispy chicken. Highlights include the Triple Cheese Turkey BLT and Pulled Pork sandwiches, both of which are currently only available at Arby’s restaurants in Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.

“Arby’s is a distinctive, fan-favorite brand and an ideal addition to our portfolio of restaurants,” said Mario Jimenez, general manager of ARBLAT. “Leveraging local consumer preferences and the brand’s culinary expertise, we have carefully crafted a menu that reflects Arby’s passion for meats, and I am very confident our guests will enjoy the result.”

Guests enjoy Arby’s iconic sandwiches, wraps, sides, and shakes

Located in Curridabat, just in front of Colegio de Arquitectos e Ingenieros, the new 386 sq meter restaurant will have seating for 98 guests and carryout customers, with a freestanding drive-thru ensuring guests can enjoy their favorite Arby’s meal on the go. Delivery will also be available on all online food ordering and delivery platforms.

Arby’s now operates more than 150 locations across seven countries outside the U.S., with plans for further growth in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Southeast Mexico in the coming months.