Fazoli's Kicks Off Summer Breadstick Tour

With engines revved and breadsticks prepped, Fazoli’s is hitting the road this summer to feed hungry fans everywhere—and to raise money for children while it’s at it.

The eight-week Summer Breadstick Tour launches June 21 in the Italian quick serve’s hometown of Lexington, Kentucky. The brand will travel the country spreading the word about Fazoli’s new hospitality and service program. It’s using breadsticks—and a bright, eye-catching food truck—to really drive the point home.

Fazoli’s Names Sherwood as VP of Franchise Development

Craig Sherwood

Fazoli’s has tapped Craig Sherwood to lead its nationwide franchising effort. Sherwood, who previously directed YUM! Brands’ non-traditional franchise activities, most recently was responsible for franchise development at Corner Bakery Cafe.

“Craig brings to Fazoli’s a wealth of experience and proven track record with a wide variety of well-known QSR and fast-casual brands,” says Carl Howard, president and CEO. “We are excited to add Craig to an already extremely talented management team.”

Fazoli’s Continues Sales Streak in April

April was another month of double-digit same-store sales increases at Fazoli’s, thanks to new marketing and hospitality programs launched in early April combined with a recently revamped menu, expanded service, and a new unit design.

The new marketing program spotlights recent changes that include the new look, new menu, table service, and real silverware and plates. In conjunction with the campaign, Fazoli’s rolled out a new service and hospitality program. Both were launched in company markets.

Fazoli’s Adds Italian Lemon Ice Flavors to Permanent Menu

Just in time for warm weather, Fazoli’s, the Italian quick-service restaurant chain, has introduced two Italian Lemon Ice flavors to its permanent menu.

The refreshing flavors, Wildberry Lemon Ice and Peach Lemon Ice, are now available at all company restaurants, with plans to roll them out at franchised units in the future. These beverages, made with real fruit puree, complement Fazoli’s existing flavors of original Italian Lemon Ice and Strawberry Lemon Ice, which also is made with real fruit.

Fazoli's Celebrates Moms

May 13 is Mother's Day, the one time in the year when kids and husbands around the world show their appreciation to the person who holds it all together. For the second year in a row, Fazoli's is getting in on the celebration. In each participating market, the Italian restaurant chain is crowning one lucky mom Fazoli's Mother of the Year

The prize: to sit down and let someone else cook, with free meals from Fazoli's for a year.

Summer Hiring Race Is On

Operators are hiring early to secure top-level talent.

The heat is already on for summer seasonal hiring, as quick-serve managers are hiring summer help earlier in the year to have their pick of top-shelf applicants.

Snagajob, a Richmond, Virginia–based hourly employment network, released its annual summer job survey in March. The report found that 23 percent of summer positions will be filled by the end of April, while 79 percent will be filled by the end of May.

Fazoli's Opens First Travel Plaza Unit, More to Come

Fazoli’s has debuted its first unit in a travel plaza, marking an additional venue for the popular premium Italian quick-service restaurant chain.

Franchisee Par Mar Stores, a division of Par Mar Oil Co., has agreed to open two more Fazoli’s at other travel plazas in West Virginia and Ohio within the next two years.

The new store, which celebrated its grand opening April 5, is located at an interstate exit near Fairmont, West Virginia. It seats 38, is about 1,800 square feet, and offers dine-in, carryout, and drive-thru services.

Fazoli’s Celebrates National Hug a News Anchor Day

With all the bad news to report day in and day out, it's nice to have some good news to talk about. Especially if you're a news anchor and the good news is about you. 

This Wednesday, April 4, is National Hug a News Anchor Day, and Fazoli's is celebrating this obscure and often forgotten holiday with Italian food and free hugs for news anchors. 

Fazoli’s Reports Best January Sales Growth in Its History

Fazoli’s, America’s largest premium Italian quick-service restaurant chain, is off to a running start in 2012 with record same-store sales growth in January.

Company units posted a 12.1 percent year-over-year increase, with franchisees reporting a 9.9 percent jump. It was Fazoli’s best January sales growth in its history.

This makes for the 19th straight month of sales improvement for franchised restaurants and the 18th continuous month for company locations. It follows the brand’s best quarter since 1999.