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Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe
house support and ongoing access to a franchise consultant. "I
hear from a lot of people who go into the franchise business,
and their biggest complaint is that they don't get enough support from their franchisers," Richards says. "We give them
support. We won't leave them on an island."

Big-Hearted Foodies
Taziki's places a high value on community relationships.
Committed to making an impact, its restaurants are known
to employ students and adults with special needs. About 10
years ago, Richards met a special education teacher who
asked him if he would consider employing special needs students. "She brought in one of her students and he has now
been with us for 10 years," he says.
Though he doesn't require it, he encourages his franchisees to do the same. "That's just a part of who we are," Richards explains. "God blessed me with four healthy kids and I
was raised to give back."
In addition, Richards developed the Herbs Offering Personal Enrichment Project, known as Project HOPE. It's an
outreach program that began when Richards developed a
partnership with the Shelby County School system in Birmingham. It is a vocational study partnership that teaches
special needs students to grow, harvest and sell fresh herbs.
Taziki's stores in Alabama buy the herbs from the students.
"We buy from them like we would from any other garden," he
says. "The plan is to expand the program to get other restaurants to buy them."

>> Founders Amy and Keith Richardson are proud that Taziki's is not the typical restaurant,
featuring quality entrees and a laid-back atmosphere.

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