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Happy Belly Food Group Closes its Franchise Acquisition Agreement with PIRHO Fresh Greek Grill

19 May 2023

Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - May 19, 2023) - Happy Belly Food Group Inc. (CSE: HBFG) (OTCQB: VGANF) ("Happy Belly" or the "Company"), a leading consolidator of emerging food brands is pleased to announce that it has closed its franchise acquisition agreement with PIRHO Fresh Greek Grill ("PIRHO"), a gourmet bowls, wraps, and pitas fast casual Greek restaurant with the fresh wholesome tastes of Greece and its delicious traditional foods.

"Closing this transaction is another step forward for Happy Belly and Pirho Fresh Greek Grill. Our attention and focus now turns to accelerating the brands growth through our franchise model across Canada with 60 stores already committed through Area Development agreements recently signed in Ontario and Alberta. The plan is in motion to establish PIRHO as a category leader for fast casual Greek food in Canada just like Cava Grill in the United States", said Sean Black, Chief Investment Officer of Happy Belly. "By using our existing team and road map for accelerated growth, we are building a first mover advantage for Pirho just like we did Mucho Burrito which was the first national fast casual Mexican brand in Canada when we owned it. We look forward to working with George Plagakis, founder of PIRHO as we focus on getting restaurants open as well as significantly growing our franchise pipeline beyond the initial 60 stores already signed."

"My team is already hard at work cultivating new franchisee's for PIRHO Fresh Greek Grill as we build this brand into what I believe is going to be a category leader in the Greek fast casual QSR space. Both family and friends repeatedly tell me when eating at PIRHO that the food is excellent, the service is friendly, and from a customer perspective they would love to see this chain nationwide. Working shoulder to shoulder with the experienced management team at Happy Belly in fast casual, I look forward to accelerating this brands growth with 60 additional franchise locations in Ontario and Alberta very soon", said Scott Grandin, Area Developer.

Acquisition Details

On May 18th, 2023, Happy Belly & PIRHO Fresh Greek Grill closed on their Franchise Acquisition Agreement ("FAA").

As part of the transaction a Joint Venture Company ("JVCo") was incorporated for the purposes of corporate franchise expansion and growth acceleration of PIRHO Fresh Greek Grill Restaurants.

For 50% ownership of the JVCo, George Plagakis has vended in PIRHO Grill Franchising Inc., where all franchisee activities (such as collection of franchisee royalties and franchising fees) operate from, as well as all global franchising rights, brand assets, intellectual property and brand trademarks.

For 50% ownership of the JVCo, Happy Belly has issued to the JVCo $250,000 worth of common stock based on the last 10-day VWAP leading up to yesterday's closing date for a total of 1,562,500 shares. Happy Belly's shares will be insider reported and controlled.

Happy Belly has also obtained the rights to acquire the remaining 50% of the business at its optionality.

PIRHO Fresh Greek Grill is the fourth accretive transaction that has closed in the last 14 months within the Happy Belly Portfolio. For franchising inquiries please see or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


About PIRHO Fresh Greek Grill

We strongly believe that food can bring people together and inspire colorful conversations. PIRHO culture is rooted in old-world Greek traditions with an emphasis on family and community. The wholesome ingredients, the careful preparation, the irresistible aromas, the delicious food and of course the human interaction all make for a warm and inviting atmosphere. During our visits to Greece, this nurturing environment left a deep and lasting impression with us. So much so that it led to the creation of PIRHO True Food Grill. The best of Greece right here in Ottawa! In our fast-paced world, taking the time to connect with friends and family has never been more important. You deserve to enjoy those precious moments and connect with your loved ones, in real life, with True Food. Join us for lunch or dinner at PIRHO Grill and fuel your soul.

About Happy Belly Food Group

Happy Belly Food Group Inc. (CSE: HBFG) (OTCQB: VGANF) ("Happy Belly" or the "Company") is a leading consolidator of emerging food brands.

Happy Belly Food Group
Shawn Moniz
Chief Executive Officer


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