Get a small The Original for $1.99 today in Austin

It’s our 40th birthday and we want to celebrate with you! Come see us at any of our Austin locations (including Georgetown, Bastrop and Marble Falls) and get a small The Original for $1.99.  Offer is good all day, today only! See you there!



Schlotzsky’s Growth Momentum Skyrockets with 75 Franchise Agreements


Newly Rebranded Image Captures Interest of Multi-Unit Investors in New Jersey and Central Texas

Schlotzsky’s®, the home of The Original® round toasted sandwich,  announced today it has signed 75 franchise agreements for a total of 25 restaurants that will each house the Schlotzsky’s, Cinnabon and Carvel concepts under one roof.

Company executives said the restaurants will begin to open throughout New Jersey and Texas during the next six to 12 months. The first development agreement was signed with New Jersey-based Better Bunz, LLC for 17 tri-brand locations (a total of 51 agreements between the three concepts), to open in areas throughout New Jersey. Meanwhile, Texas-based Sac-N-Pac inked the second deal, with eight tri-brand locations, for a total of 24 agreements, to open throughout Houston, San Antonio and Central Texas.

“Together, these agreements represent the largest in Schlotzsky’s history,” said Kelly Roddy, President. “We are thrilled to expand the brand throughout Texas and New Jersey with a talented group of business savvy entrepreneurs,” added Roddy, who further noted that the new locations will feature the brand’s ‘Lotz Better’ look, a bright, contemporary feel with a circle theme and a new service model where crew members hand-deliver food to the tables.

While Anthony and Lama Dalleggio of Better Bunz, LLC will own the new Schlotzsky’s restaurants, their daughter, Lea, will oversee operations. In addition, the Dalleggios will work with experienced restaurateurs as part of their team to help with site selection, marketing and operations.

“Our family’s strong affinity for the Schlotzsky’s brand started many years ago while living in Houston,” Lea Dalleggio said. “When we moved to New Jersey, our family missed our favorite Schlotzsky’s sandwich and looked into bringing the brand to the region. After our due diligence, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to replicate the Schlotzsky’s culture in New Jersey. We look forward to serving our customers with the best in gourmet sandwiches and beyond.”

Family-owned and operated fuel and grocery retailer, Sac-N-Pac, will open non-traditional interstate/convenience connected locations primarily operated along major highways and travel plazas. Each Schlotzsky’s restaurant will share a building with the fuel/convenience retail and have its own entrance, a separate drive-thru and a connected pass-through in the building.

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 including  Atlanta, Charlotte, Denver, Orlando, Tampa, Kansas City, Nashville, Phoenix, Raleigh and St. Louis for multi-unit developers. Roddy added that, ideally, Schlotzsky’s plans to have upwards of 700 locations by 2015.


Schlotzsky’s-Cinnabon opens today in Dallas at Preston Center

Come join us today for the Grand Opening of the new Schlotzsky’s-Cinnabon in Dallas at Preston Center at 6125 Berkshire Drive. We’ll have free food from the menu from 7pm-9pm tonight only! Swing by and check out our new Hot Hitz sandwiches – the Albuquerque Turkey, Windy City Pastrami and Buffalo Chicken – try a pizza or a salad, or treat yourself to an ooey, gooey Cinnabon.

*Free food available TODAY from 7pm-9pm at this location ONLY

Schlotzsky’s Deli returns to Florida


June 10, 2011 | By Alan Snel

After pulling back from Florida more than a decade ago, the Schlotzsky’s Deli chain is returning with plans to open new restaurants in the Orlando and Tampa markets, the brand’s chief executive said Friday.

The Florida push is part of the “aggressive growth mode” Schlotzsky’s has embarked on during 2011, Kelly Roddy told Nation’s Restaurant News. The chain has plans to open a new restaurant on a weekly basis in Texas, Denver, Oklahoma and across the southern United States from September to Christmas.

“Schlotzsky’s had grown pretty big in the ’90s and then closed a bunch of stores,” Roddy said. “We then went back and re-branded Schlotzsky’s, and we have a growth strategy to expand from the core of Texas. We are in an aggressive growth mode.

“It’s time to go back in Florida,” he said. “We want to redevelop the Orlando and Tampa markets. We think brands do well in Orlando.”

Schlotzsky’s, which is owned by Atlanta-based Focus Brands, opened two stores in Panama City in Florida’s Panhandle this year and also Gainesville. At one time, Schlotzsky’s had 10 restaurants in the Orlando area, said spokeswoman Jayne Levy. The last one closed in Altamonte Springs in 2001.

The game plan is to open new units from North Florida to South Florida, Roddy said.

Schlotzsky’s, which features sandwiches, pizzas, wraps, soups, panini and salads, recently introduced three LTO sandwiches. The chain is reprising its “Albuquerque Turkey” and “Windy City Pastrami,” while rolling out a new Buffalo Chicken sandwich. The sandwiches will be available through Aug. 28.

Schlotzsky’s generates an average per-person check of $10.50, Roddy said.

Nick Vojnovic, former chairman of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, said Schlotzsky’s experienced the “classic implosion story” and was forced to close stores in the post-Sept. 11 economy when new stand-alone restaurants were unable to generate sufficient sales. But Vojnovic, the former president of the parent company of the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s sports pub chain, said the chain retains high brand awareness.

“It’s a great brand, and they offered a higher-end sandwich alternative to Subway’s,” he said. “If they get the right locations and the right niche, it could work. But it will be a hard work.”

Roddy said he has received “a lot of interest in [the Tampa and Orlando] markets. We’re picking franchise partners.”

Schlotzsky’s has about 370 units, with new stores scheduled to open this year in Texas, Denver, Oklahoma City and Atlanta. “There’s a lot of [Schlotzsky’s] construction going around the country,” Roddy said.

The new Schlotzsky’s restaurants in Tampa and Orlando also will include branded products of sister chains Cinnabon and Carvel, which are also owned by Focus Brands. Roddy said both brands “do well in Florida.”

Schlotzsky’s was founded in Austin, Texas, 40 years ago.

Source: Nation’s Restaurant News

Lufkin Schlotzsky’s has new owner, getting new look

By MELISSA CRAGER/The Lufkin Daily News

The Lufkin Schlotzsky’s restaurant has a new owner and will soon have a brand new look.

Bill and Lynn Mizell, from Huntsville, bought out the restaurant’s local owner, Stephen Pinkney, and closed the deal last week.

They have since closed the restaurant temporarily and plan to do a complete remodel before opening in mid-July.

“It’s going to be a total new look that Lufkin will be proud to see,” Bill Mizell said. “New logo, new kitchen. You’re going to love the look.”

The Mizell’s will also bring in new furniture, signage, awnings and give the store a fresh coat of paint and flooring. They will also begin hiring a new staff.

Schlotzsky's Deli“We’re looking to hire team leaders, managers and crew,” Bill Mizell said. “We’re going to clean it up and get some friendly faces in there. The new look is going to be awesome; we just have to find the people (to work here).”

The couple owns a Schlotzsky’s store in Huntsville. Previously in the oil and gas business, Bill Mizell was looking to settle down eight years ago. That is when they decided to put in a Schlotzsky’s on Interstate 45.

“Huntsville and Sam Houston State University have been very supportive of us,” Bill Mizell said. “Lufkin is a similar town to Huntsville. The style here is similar to the style there. It has a hometown feeling, and we want to take care of the home folks. We had looked to opening up a store in the Houston area, but this fits me better. I’m a personal person. I want to call people by name.”

In addition to an updated menu, the store will contract with Cinnabon to provide its products, as well.

Bill Mizell said he and his wife will move to Lufkin for the short-term and run the store until they find a manager. Bill Mizell said they plan to keep their finger on the pulse of the Lufkin store at all times.

The Huntsville Schlotzsky’s operates with approximately 25 staff members, and the Mizell’s hope to hire just as many in Lufkin. Applications are available at the store, located at 4601 S. Medford Drive, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Resumes can be sent to or Bill and Lynn Mizell 118 IH45 south, Huntsville, Texas 77340.

Schlotzsky’s sells soups, salads sandwiches, pizzas and wraps in a “fast casual” setting. Bill Mizell said all of his food is made fresh when ordered.

When the restaurant re-opens in July, business hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

Melissa Crager’s email address is

Source: Lufkin Daily News

Old restaurant brands get reborn in Orlando

By Sandra Pedicini

What’s old is becoming new again in Central Florida, as several restaurant chains that left town years ago have begun returning.

Bennigan’s, Schlotzsky’s, Del Taco and Bruegger’s have all decided to give the area a second chance.

There are several reasons for the resurgence, experts say. More folks are eating out again as the economy slowly recovers. The still-soft real-estate market means owners can get deals on buildings.

And throngs of theme-park tourists who want a little familiarity make Orlando a perfect spot to reintroduce an old favorite.

“The idea of taking an old brand and reinventing it can be easier to do than re-creating it from scratch,” said Darren Tristano, executive vice president of restaurant-research company Technomic. “I think there’s this nostalgia around certain brands.”

This fall, Bennigan’s will reopen its restaurant at International Drive and the BeachLine Expressway.

Bennigan’s closed most Central Florida restaurants and many others nationwide in 2008, filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in the midst of that year’s economic meltdown. It and other midrange restaurants struggled particularly as many Americans essentially stopped going out to eat.

Now, Bennigan’s has a new chief executive officer and has begun retooling its restaurants. Customers can play darts or Wii bowling, watch flat-screen TVs and gather on exterior patios with outdoor bars.

Central Florida is a perfect place for one of the first new Bennigan’s restaurants, Chief Executive Officer Paul Mangiamele said.

“There’s a great influx of tourists that go there domestically and internationally,” he said. Rebuilding in Orlando will provide an opportunity “for all those thousands of eyes to see the new Bennigan’s.”

Shannon Flesch of Waterford Lakes has fond memories of Bennigan’s from her college days and can’t wait to try the new one.

“I was very sad when I found out they were closing there a couple years ago,” said Flesch, 31, who still has cravings for the turkey sandwiches on pretzel buns she used to enjoy there. “I thought they were a pretty successful chain. I think we’ve probably gone there my entire life.”

Schlotzsky’s also has reinvented itself since closing many of its restaurants, including all of those in Central Florida in 2001. Atlanta-based Focus Brands boug ht the chain in 2006.

New stores will sell treats from the company’s other restaurants, Cinnabon and Carvel. Schlotzsky’s now builds free-standing restaurants instead of putting them in strip centers as it used to do. It has updated its interiors, with tables, chairs, light fixtures and wallpaper all featuring circular patterns mimicking the shape of sandwiches.

The post-Sept. 11 economy, a low-carb craze and heavy debt all hurt Schlotzsky’s in years past, President Kelly Roddy said.

The chain had 750 restaurants at its peak. It has 370 now but plans to add more. In the Orlando area alone, Schlotzsky’s hopes to build 30 restaurants within five years.

“We had all the pieces of the puzzle together to support this,” Roddy said. “It’s just a great time to be growing.”

And Orlando is a great place to grow, said Chris Muller, a former University of Central Florida restaurant professor and now dean of the Boston College School of Hospitality Administration.

“It’s a brand-friendly town,” he said.

But bringing back a chain that already has failed once in a market carries some risk. Bruegger’s, which returned to Central Florida a couple of years ago after leaving in the late 1990s, opened only one bakery here that has closed twice, most recently last month.

Bruegger’s would not answer questions about the closed store in Altamonte Springs, saying only that it will build more bakeries here.

“I think the risk is generally going to be higher when you’ve [already] failed,” Tristano said. “I think you’ll have a small group of consumers who will be excited, but the majority won’t really know the brand well enough. It will be trying to open their eyes to what the brand is and getting people to try it, which is always a challenge.”

Del Taco says it has met that challenge and successfully reintroduced Central Florida to its fast-food Mexican fare. The California-based chain began reopening in 2009, after leaving Central Florida about 20 years ago. Del Taco departed Central Florida after a licensee decided to leave the restaurant business and shuttered eateries around the southeastern United States.

Now, Del Taco has three restaurants here and will soon begin construction on another in Kissimmee.

Del Taco spiced up its deal for franchisees to help them get started during a difficult economy. It waived a $25,000 franchise fee and reduced royalty percentages paid back to the company.

Del Taco took a while to return because it first wanted to make sure “we were growing out at the pace we wanted in the western half of the country,” said Jim Lyons, chief development officer. “We were expanding eastward, and Orlando was a market we always wanted to get back to. Orlando is a very good restaurant market in general.” or 407-420-5240. Follow her on Twitter @dineshopwrite

Source: Orlando Sentinel



Schlotzsky’s-Cinnabon in Moore, OK opens today!

We are open in Moore! We have sandwiches, wraps, salads and Cinnabon! Stop by and enter to win an iPad and a life-size statue of Yoda from Star Wars. Quite the Schlotzsky’s fan, he is!


631 SW 19th Street, Moore, OK