Fazoli’s continues to expand its Florida footprint as the brand brings its craveable dishes to Tampa.

Fazoli’s President and CEO Carl Howard announced that the company has executed an area development agreement with Franchisee Carlos L. Saenz to bring five restaurants to the Tampa area, in Hillsborough and Pascao County, in early 2021.

Carlos, a seasoned franchisee who currently owns two Dairy Queens, visited Fazoli’s as a guest more than five years ago, and his experience has stuck with him.

“When I dined at Fazoli’s, I experienced something different than any other restaurant concept,” Carlos says. “It’s difficult to describe perfection, but when you’re in it, you recognize it. I was surrounded by excellent tableside service and delicious food, plus unlimited breadsticks. The brand’s commitment to quality and excellence was very evident to me. Tampa is missing an Italian place like this, and guests are going to love it.”

In addition to being a fan of the renowned food and service, Carlos is also eager to become part of the Fazoli’s franchise family. He said he loves how Fazoli’s is a franchisee-friendly concept in which the corporate leadership team is engaged and focused on the franchisee’s success and celebrates wins as a team.

“I went to a Fazoli’s national brand conference, and the energy and support from one another was inspiring,” Carlos adds. “It was a great place with great people. I also received rave reviews from other franchisees who said they have had an incredible experience owning a Fazoli’s, which got me very excited. I see a bright future with this brand. My ultimate goal is to build a legacy rooted in the family-oriented feel that Fazoli’s has instilled in its entire system.”

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