Schlotzsky’s brings Lotz Better model to area

By BRENDA SHOFFNER / Daily News 

MARY ESTHER — It’s not often that a brand-name restaurant gives an area a second chance. When Schlotzsky’s opened its Lotz Better location in the middle of last year, that’s what it did. It had tried a Mary Esther site years earlier. This time a different formula might be the key to success.

The food
Schlotzsky’s is known for The Original: lean smoked ham, Genoa and cotto salamis, melted cheddar, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses layered with black olives, red onion, lettuce, tomato, mustard and signature dressing on a toasted sourdough bun.
Other sandwiches include smoked turkey breast, turkey bacon club, Angus roast beef and cheese, and fiesta chicken.
There are also fresh veggie (cheddar cheese, cucumber slices, red onion, tomato, lettuce and black olives), ham and cheese, pastrami reuben and chipotle chicken.

Sandwiches are available in small, medium and large sizes. Any can be turned into a meal by adding chips and a drink. Abandoning the trademark round bun for a wrap is an option, too. Schlotzsky’s also offers pizza, salads and soups. Pizzas come in 8-inch and 14-inch sizes. They include pepperoni and double cheese, fresh veggie, grilled chicken and pesto, smoked turkey and jalapeno and a combination. Salad choices are cranberry, apple, pecan and chicken; hearts of Romaine chicken caesar; turkey avocado cobb; turkey chef; and garden.

My guest chose a large turkey bacon club and a bowl of Timberline chili for his meal. The sandwich was as big as the plate it was served on, and was deemed delicious. The chili, served steaming hot in a nice-sized bowl, was also good. It came with crackers.
I chose to go with Schlotzsky’s “Pick Two” option. You get to select any two of half a medium sandwich, bowl of soup, half an 8-inch pizza or half a salad. It was difficult, but I finally decided on half of a smoked turkey-guacamole sandwich and half of a pepperoni/double cheese pizza.

The sandwich was part of a “Winterific” menu. It tasted fine but was a little disappointing compared to my guest’s sandwich. The pizza was delicious with light crust and flavorful sauce and toppings. Schlotzsky’s offers Coca-Cola products at a serve-yourself dispenser. A separate iced tea machine dispenses Southern, unsweet and raspberry versions of Fuze tea.

A press release explained that part of the Lotz Better restaurant model is co-branding deals. In this case, that’s with Cinnabon and Carvel Ice Cream. My guest and I each chose a different Cinnabon for dessert. I had the carmel pecan version, and my guest had the classic. Both were good although they could have stood being heated a little more. Other choices include the Minibon, Center of the Roll and a variety of packs. There are also desserts on the Schlotzsky’s menu including cookies, cheesecake, brownie and two kinds of cake. On a chilly winter day, no one was eating ice cream. Schlotzsky’s also does catering with items ranging from trays to box lunches.

The atmosphere
The clean, bright dining area is larger than I expected. It included free-standing tables and chairs as well as banquette seating along one wall. There were also a few tables outside. A large-screen television hangs on one wall. I think it was set on a news channel, but what distracted my attention was that the screen also contained standing ads for Schlotzsky’s. A short hallway connects Schlotzsky’s to the convenience store next door. The hallway is also where the restrooms are located.

The service
Orders are placed at the counter, where you receive a number. A server delivers food to your table when it’s ready. The young man taking orders on the afternoon of our visit was pleasant and patient explaining the Pick Two menu, delivering our food and clearing away used dishes. He also seemed to know several of the other diners who came in while we were there. Some stayed to eat in while a few ordered their food to go.

A final taste
In its second Mary Esther incarnation, Schlotzsky’s seems to be attracting new business as well as repeat customers.

Source: NWF Daily News

Schlotzsky’s Englewood: A Lifelong Dream

 

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Lea Dalleggio didn’t want to be a movie star or president of the United States when she grew up.  All she wanted to be was an owner of a casual dining chain called Schlotzsky’s.  As a child, Lea would travel from her home in Monmouth County, New Jersey to spend summers with her grandmother in Houston, Texas.  She started eating at Schlotzsky’s when she was five years old and for two decades begged her father to open a restaurant in the Garden State.  Upon her completion of undergraduate and MBA programs at Rutgers University, the 25 year old finally got her wish.  Her father, Anthony Dalleggio, bought the New Jersey franchise rights to Schlotzsky’s as an investment for his family and Lea was soon on her way to running not only her first business, but New Jersey’s first Schlotzsky’s.  Dalleggio and her family plan to open an additional 16 locations in the Garden State over the next five years.

“As a child, I loved the freshly baked buns, the smell of the restaurant, the bright colors and the delicious sandwiches and salads,” said Lea Dalleggio, Englewood Schlotzsky’s franchise co-owner.  “Schlotzsky’s signature sandwich The Original®, a play on the New Orleans muffaletta with soft bread encasing tender meats, cheeses, lettuce, tomato and chopped olives, was something I dreamed about as a kid when I wasn’t in Texas.  My goal was to bring this distinctive sandwich on bread baked from scratch, salad and soup restaurant concept to the Garden State where I could get my year-round fix while providing the community with a completely new dining option that would be as attractive to kids as it would be adults.  We have fans driving to Englewood from Virginia to enjoy our sandwiches.  That’s how much of a following the brand has.  People stockpile our potato chips, which are made exclusively for Schlotzsky’s and come in nine varieties, to complement all our sandwiches.”

Located in the Englewood ShopRite Plaza at 39 Nathaniel Place, the casual dining eatery is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM, Saturday from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.  The restaurant also offers Cinnabon cinnamon rolls and self-serve Carvel ice cream.  The restaurant serves Jersey Roasters Coffee, a blend produced in the Garden State, and will soon offer yogurt and fruit salad breakfast selections.  The location has bold, bright colors, making it a good venue for birthday parties and sports team league gatherings.  The restaurant offers catering in the region  with minimum orders of $30.  For more information, call (201) 608-5422 or visit www.schlotzskys.com.

Source: Jersey Bites