The 40/40 List for 2020: America’s Hottest Startup Fast Casuals

Café d’Avignon

HQ: Long Island City, NY

Units: 6

When Uliks Fehmiu, Bane Stamenkovic, and Tole Zurovac immigrated to the U. S. from their home in the former Yugoslavia, they missed the bakey-cafes they’d grown up with. They first opened bakery Pain D’Avignon in New York to sell breads and pastries to erstaurants and hotels, and later opened the European-style Café d’Avignon, which serves sandwiches, quiches, and salads, along with sweets and pastries like the renowned baklava croissant. The concept is now franchising and opened its first franchise in Orlando, with plans for further growth there and in the New York metro area.