Evos, the Tampa-based fast-food restaurant chain, is being accused of defaulting on a $100K loan.
Founded in 1994, Evos Holdings LLC advertises its restaurants as a healthy alternative to typical burger joints. The environmentally-conscious company, headquartered at 609 S. Howard Ave., seeks to make customers feel good about the food they are eating, with natural, organic and fair trade ingredients.
On December 1, 2012, Evos Holdings borrowed $100,000 from Steven Marx of 5104 S. Westshore Blvd. in Tampa.
In a lawsuit filed Dec. 29, Marx claims Evos defaulted on the loan, and now owes the entire $100,000 in principal plus accrued interest.
A 2002 St. Petersburg Times article notes the first Evos location open 1994 on Tampa’s Bay to Bay Boulevard. Co-founders Michael Jeffers and Alkis Crassas were “college buddies at McGill University in Montreal, where they majored in business administration.”
Since then, Evos opened restaurants in multiple Florida cities, as well as North Carolina, Georgia, and California, as well as in multiple Florida cities.
However, nearly a quarter-century after the first Evos restaurant opened, the chain appears to be no closer to widespread success than when they started in 1994.
Over the years, the company expanded and shrunk; new stores had opened while others closed.
According to the Evos website, there is only four Florida locations, and none listed in North Carolina, Georgia, or California.