Two bankers are taking a shot at flatbread-based food in the Avery Square Shopping Center.

Two bankers are taking a shot at flatbread-based food in the Avery Square Shopping Center.

Sandella's Flatbread Cafe opened earlier this month at 7038 Hospital Drive, touting what owner Chris Kavalieros calls "fresh, healthy and delicious" fare.

"We both used to work together at Chase (Bank)," said Mike Czarnecki, who balances his job at Huntington Bank with managerial responsibilities at Sandella's. "We both wanted something different."

The duo started to look into franchise opportunities. "We don't have any restaurant experience, so a franchise seemed like the best way to go," Czarnecki said.

Sandella's is mostly located on the East Coast and in the West, as well as a few restaurants in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

"Since there are none in the area, we thought it would be good," Czarnecki said.

They visited the Washington, D.C., area to check out a few established Sandella's locations and Kavalieros said he liked what he saw. The menu for Sandella's includes wraps, paninis, quesadillas, grilled flatbreads and salads.

"I'm a foodie and trying it was key," he said. "It's a great fit and the CEO is fantastic. We really couldn't be more happy."

With a franchise established, Kavalieros said they spent six months scouting locations.

"Initially we looked at Polaris because that's the area we live in, but Dublin was on our radar," he said, noting that Dublin's demographic is perfect for Sandella's.

The proximity to U.S. Route 33 and the Dublin Methodist Hospital were also draws.

"Because (the food is healthy) it's nice to be by the hospital," Czarnecki said.

"We really have something to brag about: fresh, healthy and delicious food," Kavalieros said.

While calorie counts are listed on the menu posted in the store and dishes include lots of fresh vegetables, Czarnecki said the restaurant goes beyond that. "The signature flatbread has no preservatives. It's low salt, no fat," he said.

The Avery Square location doesn't have bragging rights as the first Sandella's in Ohio. Czarnecki said a store opened at Dennison University shortly before their Jan. 6 opening date.

The store has set its grand opening for Jan. 27. Czarnecki said he wanted to get operations flowing smoothly before the opening celebration.

But in just a few weeks, Kavalieros said they already have some regulars. "I'm working every other evening and I talked to a guy who came in by himself and then brought his wife and then brought his boys," he said. "There's another couple - they've been in three times. It's near where they live and their gym. They're hooked. They say they love it."

Sandella's is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Kavalieros said the restaurant is hoping to eventually add smoothies to the menu and introduce evening family activities such as Wii night. For more information, look online at sandellas.com.