Fazoli's Announced Partnership with Ghirardelli

Fazoli's, the Italian quick-service restaurant, launched its first partnership with Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. Participating Fazoli's locations will serve Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake, a New York–style cheesecake swirled with pumpkin and topped with Ghirardelli Caramel Sauce for $1.99. The limited-time promotion runs through January 5, 2014.

Fazoli’s Celebrates Mothers-In-Law

There’s Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, even Aunt and Uncle Day. So why not Mother-In-Law Day? Well, there is such a day and it’s celebrated on October 27. Mother-In-Law Day was first initiated by a local newspaper editor in Amarillo, Texas, in 1934—Fazoli’s is honoring the day with a promotional offer. On Sunday, October 27, 2013 at participating Fazoli’s restaurants, all mothers-in-law will receive a free Pick-Your-Pasta entrée with the purchase of one of Fazoli’s new Fab Five Entrées.  

Fazoli's Signs Development Agreement for Kentucky

Fazoli's announced it recently signed another development agreement. Dan Markwell of Employer Consulting LLC will open restaurants in Morehead, Mt. Sterling, and Maysville, Kentucky. So far this year, Fazoli's has secured commitments from new and existing franchisees calling for at least nine new locations. Including Markwell's Kentucky development and previously announced locations near Indianapolis; Dubuque, Iowa; and Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Fazoli’s is looking to sign agreements for the development of more than 15 additional restaurants within the coming months.

More Details Emerge on Fazoli’s Fast Casual

A rendering of Venti-Tre's interior design.

More details on Fazoli’s new fast-casual concept were revealed at an event for The Shops at Canton Crossing in Baltimore earlier this week. The Italian quick serve announced that the new brand will be called Venti-Tre, and Fazoli’s CEO Carl Howard hopes the first unit will open its doors in March of next year at The Shops.

Fazoli’s Debuts Fab Five, Raises Funds For Cancer

Fazoli’s launches its second-annual breast cancer awareness fundraiser on September 30, 2013. At the same time, it begins a five-entrée limited-time offer dubbed the “Fab Five.”

During October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, each sale of Pink Lemon Ice for $1.99 will generate a donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The organization's mission is to save lives by increasing awareness of breast cancer through education and by providing mammograms for those in need.

Fazoli's hopes to raise more than $15,000 for the foundation.

Fazoli’s Awards More Than $25,000 in Scholarships

Fazoli’s, a premium Italian quick service restaurant ranked #2 overall among large national fast food chains in the Zagat Survey, recently sent 26 college students to school with $1,000 grants in its third annual "Pursuit of Excellence" scholarship program.


Recipients are attending 22 colleges or universities in eight states. They are pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Hungry for Change

Restaurants join the fight against hunger in the U.S.

Shake Shack is one quick serve brand that contributes to the anti hunger effort.
Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti (behind check, right) poses with the restaurant that raised the most money for Share Our Strength. Shake Shack

While the obesity epidemic has received a lot of attention in the U.S., hunger, particularly childhood hunger, is a serious problem that tends to be less understood by the American masses. More than 16 million kids (one in five) in the U.S. do not have access to the food they need, according to hunger-relief charity Feeding America.

But in the last few years, restaurants have become a powerful tool in the fight against hunger, and several programs are capitalizing on foodservice partners—including quick-serve restaurants—to bring food to those in need.