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New owners take over Taziki locations in Texas

They say everything is bigger and better in Texas. Now, under new leadership and a new vision, Mediterranean coffee from Taziki aims to make it a reality.

Veteran business owners Farzin Ferdowsi and Benny Farzad bring a new level of expertise to the acclaimed Mediterranean brand, operating multiple multi-unit franchise businesses across the United States. Taziki’s announced today that the company has signed a franchise agreement with both operators to take over its current locations. in Plano and Southlake and add five additional restaurants in Dallas/Ft. Worth zone over the next four years.

“We are thrilled to be working with two people who not only have a knack for overseeing successful growth in the business world, but who also believe in Taziki’s goal of providing delicious, healthy and wholesome Mediterranean-inspired meals to across the country,” CEO Dan Simpson said. “We believe we have found the perfect partners to strengthen the Taziki brand and lead our expansion into the Lone Star State!”

Originally from Iran, Ferdowsi came to the United States in 1985 and brings a wealth of financial knowledge and expertise as the owner of a fast food business with 80 restaurants and more than 2,000 employees. He is currently a member of the Taco Bell Foundation, the Board of Directors for Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee, and the Board of Directors for Leadership Nashville. Ferdowsi previously held leadership positions with the Taco Bell Franchise Association, Reliant Bank, Brentwood National Bank and the Tennessee State University Foundation.

“I have worked with several leaders in the restaurant industry and the financial world, so I know when an organization has the composition to succeed. I saw that firsthand in the Taziki team,” says Ferdopsi. “I am delighted to work with a quality brand that offers a quality product and a talented young entrepreneur like Benny.”

Farzad is also an experienced multi-unit franchisee with extensive knowledge of the retail industry and customer service. He co-owns three Coolgreens restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with his wife, Leily, and co-owns with his brother, Bez, 10 GNC health and nutrition stores across the DFW Metroplex. Born and raised in DFW to Iranian parents, Farzad is proud to be an active member of the Dallas business community. It’s a past President of the National Independent Operators Association and has served on GNC’s internal boards in the past.

“Farzin and I think we’re the dream team,” Farzad said. “We are both Persians so we connect on a deeper level and really understand our culture and where we come from. We were very impressed with the processes and structure Taziki’s put in place. They all have the tools in place for us to succeed, but most importantly – the food is amazing, and loyal fans are going to love everything we have to come!”

The duo have immediate plans to remodel the Plano and Southlake locations, expand the restaurant portion of the business, and re-emphasize customer service. The first of their five new DFW locations will open in the first quarter of 2023.

Upon completion of this agreement, Taziki’s will expand to seven locations in Texas with over 100 systemwide.

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Cory E. Barnes

The author Cory E. Barnes