Homegrown Birmingham success story Taziki’s celebrates 20th Anniversary today

Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe in Birmingham, photo via Facebook

Birmingham’s Taziki’s Mediterranean Café is celebrating their 20th Anniversary today where it all began at the Colonnade in Birmingham.

In recognition of this milestone,today, March 7th, starting at 11:00am, the first 200 guests in line at the Colonnade location will receive a free dish of Taziki’s signature pasta.

A Birmingham original, the Mediterranean inspired restaurant prepares more than 100 items from scratch daily. Dedicated to serving fresh, healthy and sustainable menu items decades before in was a national trend, Taziki’s became the first national franchise to achieve REAL Certification from the United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC), the emerging national standard for foodservice nutrition and sustainability.

A homegrown Birmingham success story

Headquartered in Birmingham, Taziki’s currently has 82 locations in 16 states with new stores opening in Ohio, Oklahoma, Indiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Florida this spring.

Founder of Taziki’s Keith Richards will be on hand at today’s special celebration touting HOPE (Herbs Offering Personal Enrichment), a non-profit he is starting.

Community-minded Richards has made hiring special needs students a priority within his company-owned restaurants and encourages his franchisees to do the same. He has also taken the company’s involvement a step further by working with schools and special needs students across the country to grow herbs including basil, rosemary, oregano and parsley, which are then sold to Taziki’s restaurants.

Several students from the HOPE Program in Shelby County will be participating in the event.

A can’t miss event for lovers of fresh Mediterranean food and supporters of a genuine homegrown Birmingham business.

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.