Schlotzsky’s Bacon Smoke Cheezy Three-zy Promo is Back for an Encore

The triple threat of the Bacon Smoke Cheezy Three-zy sandwiches were such a big hit during their debut, Schlotzsky’s is bringing them back for an encore performance. The Chicken & Bacon Smoke Cheezy, Turkey & Bacon Smoke Cheezy and Ribeye Steak & Bacon Smoke Cheezy will be around from now through May 29, so getting your fill of these sandwiches is easy as one-zy, two-zy, three-zy!

Chicken & Bacon Smoke Cheezy

First up is a medley of shaved chicken breast, smoked cheddar cheese, crispy bacon strips, and fresh lettuce, tomatoes and red onions, blended with tangy chipotle mayonnaise and served on Schlotzsky’s signature Fresh-from-Scratch® sourdough bun.



Turkey & Bacon Smoke Cheezy

The next sandwich on stage features moist smoked turkey breast, smoked cheddar cheese, crispy bacon strips and fresh lettuce, tomatoes and red onions, topped off with tangy chipotle mayonnaise and served on a toasted sourdough bun.


Ribeye Steak & Bacon Smoke Cheezy

The final act is loaded with tender strips of Angus ribeye steak, smoked cheddar cheese and crispy bacon strips, finished with tangy chipotle mayonnaise and roasted red bell peppers, all nestled between two famous toasted sourdough buns.

“This trio of sandwiches was so popular in 2009, and our guests enjoyed it so much, we decided to bring it back for a second time,” said Kelly Roddy, Schlotzsky’s president. “With three different meat options combined with tasty bacon and lots of cheese, there’s sure to be a sandwich in this promo for just about everyone.”


Schlotzsky’s Launches Bold Reimaging Initiative in Kansas City

Kansas City, MO – Schlotzsky’s, the home of The Original® round toasted sandwich, is unveiling four “Lotz Better” reimaged restaurants in Kansas City on March 1, launching a nationwide initiative to reimage the entire franchise system by the end of 2011. The reimage, which includes over 350 Schlotzsky’s restaurants nationwide, includes a refreshed color scheme and a circle theme reflecting the unique round sandwiches offered by the restaurant.

To celebrate, each Schlotzsky’s restaurant in the Kansas City market will offer their famous sandwich, The Original (small), for $1.99 all day long. They will also hold a drawing at each restaurant for free Schlotzsky’s for one year.

“We are honored that Kansas City was chosen as the market to jumpstart this exciting initiative,” said Mike Fleming, owner of Schlotzsky’s in Mission. “The ‘Lotz Better’ look appeals to everyone, from adult to child, and provides a fun, fresh dining experience for the entire family. I’m excited to introduce our fans to the reimaged restaurant and attract new customers with our new look.”

The reimaged Schlotzsky’s features vibrant colors, playful slogans, contemporary furniture and artwork. Schlotzsky’s also introduced a new service model where crew members hand-deliver food to the tables. Everything, from tables and chairs to circular-themed local photography featuring tongue-in-cheek phrases is contemporary and … round. Schlotzsky’s in Kansas City, Mission and Overland Park also feature a partnership with sister company Cinnabon that offers two brands under one roof.

“Part of our growth strategy is to reinvigorate the brand with a fresh, new look while still maintaining the core of our business—our food,” said Kelly Roddy, President of Schlotzsky’s. “We have already signed a number of multi-unit deals with new and current franchisees since unveiling the new prototype and co-branding deal with Cinnabon.” Roddy added that the ‘Lotz Better’ look will be applied to all new construction, and the company plans to have all existing restaurants re-imaged by the end of 2011.

With more than 350 locations worldwide, Schlotzsky’s continues its growth momentum by aggressively targeting markets in Texas and in untapped markets around the country such as Atlanta, Charlotte, Denver, Florida, Kansas City, Nashville, Phoenix, Raleigh and St. Louis for multi-unit developers. Roddy added that, ideally, Schlotzsky’s plans to have between 600 and 700 locations by 2015.

Source: dBusinessNews

The New Voice of Small Business

February 21, 2011 – By Cynthia Bunting, Business News Daily Contributor

The face of small business is changing. Every day, women and people of all different races and ethnicities join the great American pursuit of entrepreneurship and success. BusinessNewsDaily asked small business owners who consider themselves to be members of a minority group to share their thoughts about how who they are has affected their businesses.

I never viewed myself as a “minority” owner — although suffice to say, being a young, Jewish, female executive in the advertising business in a blue-collar town was certainly challenging. Interestingly, I think age was also a barrier. It was very difficult to break into larger corporations being both young and female. Over the course of 30 years, I would have to say yes, [things have changed]. Not only is it more acceptable to be a woman and own a business, it’s almost commonplace. It’s also easier. There are more child care options — more employers that are flexible with time. Clients accept that you might want to catch a soccer game or attend a recital.  It’s okay to admit that you want to run a business and be a good mother.
— Ellen Fruchtman,

We have really made progress here in the U.S. and even worldwide. People are much more open-minded than in past decades. Now the issues are good service, value, honesty, etc., not so much your ethnic origin.
— Pablo Solomon,

I definitely do feel that if I were to have attempted to start this business as an openly gay man even two decades ago, I would have faced even more of an uphill battle just for my sexual orientation than I do now. I do feel that in today’s society, people are much more open to gay business owners, but it also depends on what type of business and how large it is. In terms of challenges, at times it has been an uphill battle.
— Steven Le Vine,

I am a black woman who owns VIP Mobile Day Spa. I actually have not experienced any challenges since being in business. I have, however, considered not putting my face out there in Facebook pictures associated with the business, but my company is all about female empowerment and that would totally defeat the purpose.
I feel like I work hard like any other business owner and that my work should speak for itself.
— Cameo Person,

I personally do not think of myself as a minority business owner. The only challenge I’ve sometimes faced is in client acquisition activities. Companies generally do business with people/companies that they feel comfortable with.  To that end, it is sometimes hard to establish that comfort level.
— Mostansar Virk,

As a young [Asian] entrepreneur (25 years old), I have only worked in business for the last six years. However, these past few years have not been without some very distinct observations. Minority entrepreneurship has increased over this time as the Internet has propelled collaborators past both geographic and racial boundaries.
I don’t see myself [as a minority], nor do those who have worked with me. Perhaps it is because the past decade alone has seen major milestones regarding the outstanding growth of minority business. Specifically, however, I believe from experience that the people who are focused on attitude, not differences, are the right people to work with who in the end will profit together.
— Chad Casey,

We’re a certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and definitely feel that it has become more hospitable for minority and women business owners over the past several years. With our management team having over 30 years industry experience, we’ve seen the ups and downs over time and definitely feel that being a women-owned business is an advantage for us.
— Tej Shah,

I do think that, for the most part, the climate has changed in a positive direction for minority business owners in most fields, but not in mine. African-Americans are still quite scarce in e-commerce. In fact, unless you are a 15-year-old white guy, the world is really not much interested in your startup. You really have to fight for respect. I was in management in corporate America for more than a decade before I started my business. That doesn’t matter. African-Americans in e-commerce just don’t get noticed, not at all.
— Maria Falconer,

What is clear to me is that there continues to be a lot of culture-based misunderstanding and bias in the business world and in the world in general. I’ve worked with hundreds of leaders across various types and sizes of organizations and over and over again the “people are just like me” theme emerges. This is clearly untrue and leads to many a misunderstanding and judgments that cost people their sense of self-respect and purpose — and sometimes jobs.
— Kendra M. Coleman,

Yes, [the world] is certainly more hospitable, but the stats say that the decks are certainly stacked against minority business owners. In the tech world — my area — there is a paucity of minority-owned startups, and they get less funding. African-Americans make up one percent of Internet startup founders, and receive an average of $900,000 less in startup funding than white founders, [according to] Black Web 2.0 2009. That being said, personally, I can’t say that I’ve faced any discrimination that I’m aware of.  Anecdotally, people in tech do seem to have less preconceptions since they are younger and open to new things such as technology. Also, I do see myself as a black business owner, and it does shape my thinking to some extent.
— Bryce Colquitt,

I think that the world seems to be smaller because of the new ways that we communicate with one another. The new advances in science and technology seem to be growing at rapid speeds, connecting all of us in more efficient ways. In the past decade alone, technology has changed so much with new advances in social networking, the Internet and even wireless communication. This connectivity makes strangers seem like neighbors and consumers feel like business partners.
I believe that with this new outlook on the world — and new attitudes toward communicating with minorities — there are fewer barriers and less extreme attitudes toward minorities, love or hate. I still think that business is as business was — everyone wants the best products, in better condition at lower prices.
— Fernando Lara,

I have run into several situations where I was not able to move forward with business negotiations because I am not minority certified. While I am clearly a minority — as a woman and as an African-American — I have not completed the required certification process. I find it ironic that many doors are not open to me because I have not elected to use being a minority as a marketing tool. I have had my product rejected by boutique owners because my African-American daughter is featured on the packaging. I have had several people recommend that I not represent my own product to companies because I am less likely to make sales as an African-American woman. My website designer, who was of European
descent, recommended that I not use only minority images on the site
because my product would not be taken seriously.
— Tangela Walker-Craft,

I only promote myself as a minority-owned business to those companies that I know have a commitment to hiring minority-owned firms. I’m concerned about the recent movements to abolish set aside programs however, because I don’t believe that the playing field is yet level.
— Loretta Love Huff,

I do define myself as a minority business owner. I continued to be frustrated by how my darker skin and eyes seemed to overshadow my know-how and intelligence. But I learned how to work with this stigma and used it to surround myself by people who value diversity and recognize that differing and various perspectives make for a much more successful workplace. I also learned that being a woman meant that I had to work much harder, much longer, much smarter. A minority business ownership will be what you make it. If you set out thinking that the world may have become more hospitable, then you might overlook a bunch of traps or people that could be trying to take advantage. If on the other hand, you set out to be successful with a mindset that you will be successful because you have the skills and leadership qualities to overcome inhospitable people or circumstances, then you will triumph!  Here’s to it!
— Shahira Raineri,

Source: Business News Daily

Schlotzsky’s has lotz of Texas City fans

By Laura Elder

The Daily News

Lotz of love: When Texas City residents said they wanted a Schlotzsky’s in their town, they weren’t kidding.

Readers are reporting some brisk business at the freshly opened Schlotzsky’s and Cinnabon Express, 3325 Palmer Highway, in the former Hollywood Video store.

Franchise owner Cynde Whitson could not be reached for comment Monday. But Whitson and others at the eatery told customers the restaurant has broken some opening week records for a Schlotzsky’s.

The eatery, which opened last week, was built to reflect Schlotzsky’s re-branding efforts, which include a new design, a co-branding deal with Cinnabon and a new service model in which employees deliver food to the tables. The Texas City shop also offers drive-thru service.

Schlotzsky’s offers 15 different sandwiches on those famous round buns, wraps, gourmet pizzas, tossed salads, soups and desserts.

Cinnabon is a purveyor of cinnamon rolls. For 11 years, customers at Whitson’s League City Schlotzsky’s, 221 S. Egret Bay, had asked her to open a mid-county shop.

Whitson credits Jimmy Hayley, president of the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce, with helping her select the spot for her second Schlotzsky’s franchise.

Bun in the oven: Schlotzsky’s, which has more than 350 shops around the world, is aggressively targeting Texas and elsewhere for multistore franchisees.

In fact, all that site work near Jack in the Box at Victory Lakes Town Center (northeast corner of Interstate 45 and FM 646 in League City) is for a Schlotzsky’s.

Information about that franchise was not immediately available Monday.

Source: The Galveston County Daily News