Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 50

r

RESTAURANTS

Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe

Greek Grub

The owner of Taziki's Mediterranean Café has found success by turning his
dream into a franchise business. By Kat Zeman

>> Known for its fresh Mediterranean menu, Taziki's locations have no freezers or fryers. The company has 77 restaurants in 16 states.

T

hey fell in love with Greece. But Keith Richards and his wife, Amy, had

no idea that this trip would change their lives. Maybe it was the bewitching effect of the Mediterranean Sea. It could have been the wine.
However, Richards suspects it was something in the Hellenic cuisine.
"We spent three weeks there tasting the food," he says. "After we came back, I
told my wife that it's time to open a restaurant. She said I was crazy because we
didn't have the money."
company profile
Richards had experience in the restaurant business.
Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe
He began cooking in a K-Mart kitchen at a young age and
www.tazikiscafe.com
his passion for food preparation eventually landed him a
Headquarters: Birmingham, Ala.
Employees: 30
position as café manager at Birmingham's award-winning
Keith Richards, founder: "We
are not your typical restaurant.
restaurant Bottega Café.
The Mediterranean coastal
So when he wanted to open a Greek restaurant, his
entrees we serve at Taziki's can't
be found anywhere else."
family rallied behind his dream. Family members chipped

50

food & drink international * fall 2017 * www.fooddrink-magazine.com

in and Richards built his first restaurant for $50,000. He called it Greek
Fare. It was the predecessor to what
would eventually become the Taziki's
Mediterranean Café empire.
"On our first day, we did 78 guests
and we haven't looked back since,"
says Richards, founder of Taziki's
Mediterranean Café. Almost 20 years
later, his empire includes 77 restaurants, 17 of them corporate, in 16
states. The Birmingham, Ala.-based
Mediterranean café is especially popular in the southeast states such as


http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Food & Drink International - Fall 2017

Contents
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - Cover1
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - Cover2
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 1
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - Contents
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 3
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 4
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 5
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 6
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 7
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 8
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 9
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 10
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 11
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 12
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 13
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 14
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 15
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 16
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 17
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 18
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 19
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 20
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 21
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 22
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 23
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 24
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 25
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 26
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 27
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 28
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 29
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 30
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 31
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 32
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 33
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 34
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 35
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 36
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 37
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 38
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 39
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 40
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 41
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 42
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 43
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 44
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 45
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 46
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 47
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 48
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 49
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 50
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 51
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 52
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 53
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 54
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 55
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 56
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 57
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 58
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 59
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 60
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 61
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 62
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 63
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 64
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 65
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 66
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 67
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 68
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 69
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 70
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 71
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 72
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 73
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 74
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 75
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 76
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 77
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 78
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 79
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 80
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 81
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 82
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 83
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 84
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 85
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 86
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 87
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 88
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 89
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 90
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 91
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 92
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 93
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 94
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 95
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 96
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 97
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 98
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 99
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 100
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 101
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 102
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 103
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 104
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - Cover3
Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - Cover4
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/fd_vol19_issue4a
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/fd_vol19_issue3
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/fd_vol19_issue3b
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/fd_vol19_issue3A
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/fd_vol19_issue2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/fd_vol19_issue2b
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/fd_vol19_issue2a
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/fd_vol19_issue1
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/fd_vol19_issue1a
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/youngsmarketco
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/fd_vol18_issue4
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/fd_vol18_issue3
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/fd_vol18_issue2_2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/fd_vol18_issue2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/fd_vol18_issue1
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/fd_2017winter_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/fd_2017winter
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/fd_2017fall
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/fd_2017summer
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/fd_2017springvol2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/fd_2017springvol1
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/fd_2016wintervol2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/fd_2016wintervol1
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/fd_2016fall
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/fd_2016summer
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/fd_2016spring
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/fd_2015winter
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/fd_2015fall
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/fd_2015summer2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/fd_2015summer
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/fd_2015spring
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/fd_2014winter
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/fd_2014fall
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/fd_2014summer
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/fd_2014spring
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/fd_2013winter
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/fd_2013fall
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/fd_2013summer
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/fd_2013spring
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/fd_2012fallwinter
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/fd_2012summer
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/fd_2012spring
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/fd_2012winter
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/fd_2011fall
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/fd_20110708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/fd_20110506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/fd_2011summer
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/fd_2011spring
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/fd_2010winter
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/fd_2010fall
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/fd_2010summer
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/fd_2010springsummer
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/fd_2010spring
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/fd_2010winterspring
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com