Fazoli’s named Carl Howard CEO in 2008, when the worst recession in 80 years was ramping up.
It was perhaps not the best timing, but the recession had its benefits for a chain in need of a turnaround.
“As soon as we got started, we got caught in the Great Recession,” Howard said. “We got a little relief in commodities. We were able to put money back in the core product. And it was a good time to be a value brand. We were able to position Fazoli’s back in the value Ital