For many women in the foodservice and limited-service industries, starting off in entry-level positions—whether in a specific restaurant or a corporate office—is a natural move. But rising up the ladder through years of hard work, discipline, and a certain amount of risk-taking is often the end goal.
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.
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.
Fazoli's, a premium Italian quick-service restaurant ranked No. 2 overall among large national fast-food chains in the Zagat Survey, is reprising its popular Pizza Baked Pasta promotion with an expanded menu of pastas and new flavors. Fazoli’s also is introducing a new sweet treat: Italian Donuts.
Five limited-time entrees combine the flavors of pizza and pasta, freshly made and baked to order.
Premium Italian quick-service restaurant Fazoli’s, ranked No. 2 overall among large national fast-food chains in the Zagat Survey, has unveiled a new food court prototype. The 700-square-foot design was developed to accommodate a variety of nontraditional locations, such as airport, college, mall, and military base food courts. The turnkey format can accommodate both on-site and off-site prep kitchens.
Fazoli’s is so proud of its new Italian Melt sandwiches that it’s encouraging customers to “Yelp” about its Melts. The company wants customers to go to the popular consumer review website this month to provide feedback, good or bad. Then, at the end of July, it will report back on what people had to say. Of course, anyone can check out the reviews themselves to see if the melts are getting five stars from consumers.
Modern Italian cuisine is the next big thing in fast casual. Or at least, that’s what some major quick-service operators are banking on.
Fazoli’s and Sbarro each plan to debut a fast-casual Italian concept in the near future, following in the footsteps of successful regional brands fusing popular Italian dishes like pasta and pizza with the growing trend toward premium ingredients and customization.
Carl Howard, president and CEO of premium Italian quick-service restaurant chain Fazoli's was recently recognized as Executive of the Year and received a Gold Stevie Award in the Eleventh Annual American Business Awards, presented in Chicago. It is the latest of several regional and national awards bestowed on Fazoli’s and its leadership team.
Fazoli’s has partnered with Coke to offer its guests a chance to win great prizes, plus the chance to win $50,000, making this summer a whole lotta fun. The Fazoli’s Italian Lotto Game features instant cash and food prizes when guests upsize to any medium size drink. Peel & Win stickers on the special cups will reveal instant prizes, as well as a code for a chance to win the $50,000 grand prize.
It always starts with a simple idea.
For Brian Bailey at Ichor Restaurant Group, it began with the idea that Ohioans needed better barbecue. Six years after that idea initially took hold, Old Carolina Barbecue opened the doors to its first unit, in Canton, Ohio. The company later opened California-inspired Baja Pizzafish and will soon launch Smoke, a concept that draws inspiration from the smoked burgers served in Old Carolina and the sauces from Baja Pizzafish.