Fazoli’s Joins an Elite Club in Fast Casual

May 18, 2017

This June, the Italian chain will reveal a completely clean food menu more than a year in the making.
This June, the Italian chain will reveal a completely clean menu.
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Fazoli’s had to work with roughly 50 suppliers to guarantee that a total of 81 artificial ingredients, colors, and preservatives were wiped from the menu.
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Panera Bread. Chipotle. And now, Fazoli’s.

If a restaurant can be judged by the company it keeps, CEO Carl Howard feels pretty good about the club his 220-unit fast casual is poised to join. On June 19, the Italian chain will become the first national brand under 1,000 units—and the third restaurant overall—to offer a completely clean food menu.

It took over a year, more than $1.5 million, 1,000 hours of labor, and many (many) taste-tasting sessions. “There were some days when I was eating 18 slices of turkey,” Howard says.

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