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Societas Europaea
Industry Restaurants
Founded 2002
Headquarters Bonn, Germany
Key people
Gregor Gerlach (CEO)
Gregor Gerlach (head of the supervisory board)[1]
Products Pizza, pasta, salads
Revenue 385.9 million euros (2014)[1]

Vapiano is a German fast casual restaurant chain offering Italian food. Commonly referred to as Vapiano's the concept is a pizza and pasta bar, where food is made to order. Vapiano's also serves made-to-order salads and dessert and has a bar with alcoholic beverages available. There are over 150 restaurants all over the world, over 60 of which are located in Germany where the concept was invented in 2002.

Vapiano employs an interface for customers to order and pay for their food with. Each customer is provided an RFID chip card (even if dining together to avoid customers charging one card and waving another when exiting) that the customer waves in front of the counter when ordering food and drink. When the dinner is finished, the card is waved in front of the register and the bill appears on the screen. All dough and pasta are manufactured on-site in a glass room so that customers can watch while waiting in line. All of the herbs and salad greens are grown in an enclosed space in the dining area.


Vapiano restaurant in Vienna

Vapiano was created by a group of entrepreneurs. It offers a dining experience that combines fast food and a more extravagant experience, with distinctively modern Italian decor and high quality food options, including hand-tossed pizzas and freshly made pasta that they use in their dishes.


Vapiano was founded by Kent Hahne, Gregor Gerlach, Klaus Rader and Mark Korzilius in 2002, the first restaurant opened in October 2002 in Hamburg.

In Australia[edit]

In Australia, Vapiano has one or more restaurants in each of the following cities:[2]

In the United Kingdom[edit]

In the United Kingdom, Vapiano has 3 restaurants in London. One in Great Portland Street, one in Southwark Street and another in Wardour Street

In the United States[edit]

In the United States, Vapiano has one or more restaurants in each of the following cities:[3]

Additional locations in New York City and Chicago as well as a new restaurant in Orlando, Florida are planned to be completed in 2013.[9]

In other countries[edit]

Besides in Germany, Vapiano has opened locations in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Estonia, Finland, Turkey, France, Hungary, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Romania, Qatar, Saudi-Arabia, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, South Korea, Taiwan, the UAE, Ukraine, Bahrain, Azerbaijan and recently opened in Kuwait.[2] and Chile.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Pizza-Kette Vapiano will in Europa wachsen". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Restaurants". Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  3. ^ "US Locations". Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  4. ^ a b c "Vapiano, a Fine European Import". The Washington Post. 2007-06-08. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  5. ^ "Vapiano Closes in Ballston". 
  6. ^ "Vapiano Closes Bethesda Row Location". 
  7. ^ "Vapiano opening at Mockingbird Station". Pegasus News Wire. 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  8. ^ "Press Release". July 14, 2010. 
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