LEXINGTON, Ky. - July 10, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Premium Italian quick-service restaurant Fazoli’s, ranked #2 overall among large national fast-food chains in the prestigious Zagat Survey, has unveiled a new food court prototype. The 700-square foot design was developed to accommodate a variety of non-traditional locations, such as airport, college, mall and military base food courts. The turnkey format can accommodate both on-site and off-site prep kitchens.
The new design (go to for video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q68P3m0gBLk&feature=youtu.be) places all meal preparation in front of the customer, rather than behind the scenes in a kitchen. Everything from pastas to salads can be prepared within three-and-a-half minutes, according to Craig Sherwood, vice president of Franchise Development.
“This is a unique concept because our fresh pastas, sandwiches and salads are made to order in a presentation setting,” Sherwood said. “People want to see the freshness of the food and want to customize their orders.”
Sherwood added the chain, named “2013 Brand of the Year” by FastCasual.com, is seeing a surge in interest from non-traditional operators. “With this new design, Fazoli’s now has a prototype to meet their needs, allowing them to offer their guests a fresh alternative to other concepts.”
Load King, a full service national store package company, produced the all-inclusive design and build-out packages. Load King’s customers include Starbucks, AMC Theatres and Red Mango, among others. “It’s a turnkey package, from architectural design and manufacturing to equipment consolidation and build-out. Our franchisees will benefit from Load King’s expertise,” Sherwood said.
As in Fazoli’s traditional and travel center locations, customers will be able to create their own pasta combinations by choosing the pasta, sauce and toppings they want or can order a standard dish. A wide selection of hot sandwiches, new flatbread melts, personal-sized pizzas and fresh-chopped salads also will be served.
An American family favorite for more than 20 years, Fazoli’s features a premium menu of freshly prepared Italian entrees, Submarinos sandwiches and salads, a new service style featuring table service and a contemporary new restaurant design. Already America’s largest Italian quick-service chain with approximately 220 company and franchised restaurants, Fazoli’s is expanding throughout the country. Founded in Lexington, Ky. in 1988, Fazoli’s was acquired by Sun Capital Partners in 2006.
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Brad Ritter Communications