Taziki’s was born in 1998 following a European vacation founder Keith Richards (not that Keith Richards) took with his family. The fast casual targets women and families with its healthy spin on traditional Greek food in the form of salads, gyros and sandwiches and soups. It also boasts strong ties to the community, taking part in local events and fundraisers and sharing the results via its active social media channels. Two years ago, Jim Keet, a restaurant vet and former Wendy’s franchisee, came on as CEO to help Taziki’s grow its franchise business; his sons own and operate several Taziki’s in Arkansas.

LocationBirmingham, Ala.
2013 Systemwide Sales$28,800,000*
% Change in Sales41.9%
2013 U.S. Units31
% Change in Units55.0%
2013 Average Unit Volume$1,100,000*
% Change in AUV0.0%
Future 50 Year2014