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Ncounter Announces New Leadership, Plans For Expansion

April 7, 2016
Tempe, Arizona

It’s an exciting day for Tempe­based breakfast and lunch eatery, Ncounter, and its founders Thom and Kathy Coker as they announce the concept’s future under renowned new ownership. Co­founders and former Kahala Corp. executives Kevin and Kathryn Blackwell are bringing their proven restaurant expansion experience to Ncounter as their new venture, Pacific Restaurant Partners, has acquired the restaurant concept and plans to add new locations.

Since 2012, Ncounter has been an instant favorite among the Downtown Tempe community, drawing long lines of hungry students, business professionals, friends and families. The restaurant has earned multiple “best­of” accolades for its made­from­scratch breakfast, coffee, lunch and brunch offerings.

“It brings a smile to our faces,” said co­founder Kathy Coker. “We’ve raised this restaurant like a family member. Now, we’ll watch it grow up and make us proud.”

With the change in ownership, guests of the Tempe location can expect business as usual with an unchanged menu and pricing. The existing Ncounter staff and management will also stay aboard as the concept plans for more locations.

The business community will recognize the Blackwells for their restaurant industry­leading success record, having co­founded Kahala Corp., an international franchisor of quick­service restaurant brands, in 1988. At the time they sold their interest in Kahala in 2014, the company had more than 10 brands, among them Cold Stone Creamery, Blimpie Subs, TacoTime, Samurai Sam’s and others, with more than 3,000 locations operating in 23 countries.

With their newest venture, Pacific Restaurant Partners, Kevin and Kathryn Blackwell and their team are planning to open more Ncounter locations.

“The future is incredibly bright for Ncounter,” said CEO Kevin Blackwell. “It’s our great honor to move the Cokers’ legacy forward with more locations, and grow it into a national brand.”

Detailed plans for the expansion and franchise opportunities will be released in the summer months.

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About Ncounter

Serving breakfast, coffee and lunch daily from 7:00 AM ­ 3:05 PM, Ncounter has drawn long lines of fans since it opened on historic Mill Avenue in 2012. Since then, the made­from­scratch menu items have been a daily ‘nspiration for nearby students, business professionals, residents, friends and families.

Address: 310 S. Mill Avenue, Suite A101, Tempe, AZ 85281 Phone: 480­968­9288

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Pacific Restaurant Partners

Pacific Restaurant Partners builds, operates and franchises retail brands across multiple industries. With numerous domestic and international brand acquisitions in the future, Pacific Restaurant Partners plans to have 1,000 restaurant locations open by the end of 2020.

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