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Taziki's Mediterranean Café
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A Taziki's Mediterranean Café in Suwanee, Georgia
|Industry||Fast casual restaurant chain|
|Founded||1998 in Birmingham, Alabama|
|Founders||Keith and Amy Richards|
Number of locations
|82 in sixteen U.S. states (November 2017)|
|Products||Greek cuisine and Mediterranean cuisine|
|Owners||Keith and Amy Richards|
Taziki's Mediterranean Café is a fast casual chain of franchised restaurants based in Birmingham, Alabama that purveys Greek and Mediterranean cuisine such as gyros, sandwiches, soups, and salads.
The restaurant's concept was devised by Keith and Amy Richards after a 1997 vacation in Greece. The first restaurant was a café that opened in 1998 at the Cahaba Mall Shopping Center (also known as the Colonnade) in Birmingham, Alabama. In April 2014, the chain had locations in nine U.S. states; total franchise sales were $28,800,000, with average sales of $1,100,000 per store. By November 2017, there were over 80 locations across 16 states.
The franchise was the first in the United States to earn REAL certification from the United States Healthful Food Council. The certification is given to restaurants that serve vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, and where the food is primarily prepared from scratch. The award recognises that the chain uses minimal processed foods, and give priority to local and organic ingredients.
According to a corporate spokesperson, every restaurant location supports at least one charitable organization. Nine of Taziki's locations partner with schools to offer Project Hope, styling "Hope" as an acronym for "Herbs Offering Personal Enrichment." This project provides special needs students with the opportunity to grow and package herbs that the local restaurant agrees to buy.
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- Lorraine, Alison (November 15, 2017). "Star students will grow herbs for Taziki's in Dothan". WTVY. Dothan, AL. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
- "Shelby County Schools District Profile" (PDF). Shelby County Schools. p. 24. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
Partners with Project HOPE... Providing employment to students with special needs through this unique entrepreneurial program
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