Lexington, KY (RestaurantNews.com) Fazoli’s, America’s largest fast casual Italian chain, announced today the opening of its newest franchised restaurant in Zionsville, Indiana, marking the company’s 35th location in the state. Located at 6378 Crane Drive, the restaurant will celebrate its grand opening with a first ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on March 6th, to be attended by Mayor of Zionsville Tim Haak and Zionsville Chamber of Commerce ambassadors, immediately followed by another ribbon cutting for the Boone County Chamber of Commerce. The restaurant will be open to the public on March 7th at 10:30 a.m. EST.
The new restaurant is owned by Palak Thakkar and the franchise group is operated by Jon Aiello. The franchise group currently has two other Indianapolis area Fazoli’s locations in Franklin and Shelbyville. The new Fazoli’s District Manager is Jeff Taylor and Sean McCarthy is General Manager for the restaurant.
“We truly believe in Fazoli’s fresh high quality leather menu covers offerings and are excited about contributing to the brand’s ongoing success,” said Jon Aiello, Fazoli’s franchise operator. “Fazoli’s is uniquely positioned in the fast casual arena, and we know that Whitestown and Zionsville residents will love our approach to serving quick, affordable Italian food.”
This newest location opening comes on the heels of the announcement that Fazoli’s has been consistently breaking its own franchise sales records and has experienced 15 consecutive quarters of same-store sales growth. This strong performance is a result of a variety of factors, including the continuing brand refresh efforts such as restaurant remodels, enhancements to the catering program and an upgraded menu covers with premium ingredients. 2017 plans include additional restaurant redesigns and more customizable menu options made with simple, honest ingredients to accommodate ever-changing consumer preferences.
As a testament to its success, Fazoli’s franchisees are experiencing nearly three times the industry average growth rate with new franchised restaurants continually setting new systemwide records. With nearly 220 restaurants in 25 states, Fazoli’s is currently seeking single- and multi-unit operators to join its growing, successful franchise network and is targeting new markets including Atlanta, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Knoxville, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and several other cities. Most recently, the brand launched a multi-unit franchise development incentive program available through June 30, 2017. New franchisees who sign a new multi-unit agreement for three or more locations will receive reduced franchise and royalty fees for the first two years of operations. A reduced franchise fee is also available for new multi-unit agreements for three or more non-traditional units, including college campuses, airports and casinos.
With approximately 220 restaurants in 25 states, Fazoli’s is America’s largest Italian fast casual chain, serving freshly prepared entrees, Submarinos® sandwiches, salads and pizza. One of the New York Post’s five breakout fast casual restaurants and a FastCasual.com Brand of the Year, Fazoli’s franchisees are experiencing record sales growth. Visit www.ownafazolis.com for details on development opportunities.
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