welcome to carrot express

To our neighbors, working families, people on the go, and people who care about making healthy food choices that promote a better life, welcome to Carrot Express. A balance of delicious plus nutritious foods that eludes most health-conscious foodies!

our story

our story

Our story began over 30 years ago when our founder; Mario Laufer decided to venture into the restaurant business. It was not an easy start and after many failed businesses in different industries, Mario decided to go after what he was really passionate about: cooking simple and healthy dishes but with a lot of taste. After a few hit and misses, Carrot Express was born on the inside of a gas station on Alton Road in South Beach. Suddenly amongst South Beach residents a buzz started to go around... have you tried the food at the gas station on Alton Rd.? It is amazing! Since then we began a never-ending journey to provide our community with delicious and healthy food. We pride ourselves on offering a creative and extensive menu based around natural, high quality ingredients combined with a fun, comfortable and relaxed environment.

our core values

always with a smile

Smile, create an experience and always strive to exceed customers' expectations. - Shep Hyken

always fresh & delicious food

Made to order, always fresh, always delicious, always with high-quality ingredients!

obsessed about cleanliness

I won't eat in a restaurant with filthy bathrooms. This isn't a hard call. They let you see the bathrooms. If the restaurant can't be bothered to replace the puck in the urinal or keep the toilets and floors clean, then just imagine what their refrigeration and work spaces look like. - Anthony Bourdain


None of us are as good alone as we are with an amazing team of people - Lisa Lutoff-Perlo


Building community. Sharing hope. Walking together. - Stephanie Rae Thompson


Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not. - Oprah Winfrey


To grow into a global brand that promotes a healthy lifestyle by offering fresh, healthy & delicious food. Handcrafted by people who truly love what they do.

our team

Let us introduce ourselves

Carrot Express Team Mario Laufer

Principal | Founder & Executive Chef

Mario is the brains and the taste behind the concept. A natural-born chef with an entrepreneurial spirit, Mario gave life to Carrot Express in none other than a gas station. His goal? To promote a healthy lifestyle by offering quick, fresh, healthy food that would never sacrifice on taste. Today, his menu and his original concept’s footprint have grown exponentially, with more than 15 locations across Florida and NYC (and counting)!


Carrot Express Team Abraham Chehebar

Principal | Chief Executive Officer

Serial entrepreneur and experienced leader, Abraham provides the fuel that keeps the Carrot Express brand in forward motion. Productivity is the name of the game, and Abraham is always seeking to improve upon existing processes to make everything run smoothly. He is also a great motivator and leader who is constantly elevating the team to deliver the best experience possible daily.


Carrot Express Team Alberto Bassal

Principal & Creative Director

Alberto is responsible for bringing the Carrot Express brand to life. From overseeing the branding to social media, and marketing to the in-store experience, Alberto is the eyes and ears of the concept. His role is to ensure that Carrot is delivering a cohesive message through every Instagram post, menu item launch, and new store opening (to name a few)! Alberto is also the proud dog dad of Charlie, Carrot’s unofficial mascot.


Carrot Express Isabe Arroyave

Principal / Chief Financial Officer

Isabel is our Goal-driven Chief Financial Officer with experience achieving both financial and non-financial business goals using effective controls and successful planning. She makes sure every aspect of the business is on track. Isabel’s experience spans compliance, documentation, reporting, forecasting, and auditing, so it’s safe to say she’s got her hands full.


Michael D Schatten

Director of Operations

Michael runs a tight ship at Carrot Express, which is no surprise given his 20+ years of operations experience under his belt. Michael supports the brand’s continued growth, making sure we’re properly set up for seamless new store openings and day-to-day operations. He manages P&Ls, budgeting, inventory, staffing, and more. His efforts allow for a streamlined experience across each and every Carrot Express location.


Carrot Express Team Kelley Tencer

IT Director

As the IT Director of Carrot Express, Kelley brings 20+ years of hands-on information systems experience to Carrot Express. She is responsible for all of Carrot Express technology needs throughout the organization in both guest facing and back of house areas. Kelley prides herself on her unwavering approach to delivering the most technologically advanced solutions with a focus on minimizing department expenses.