In era of failing restaurant chains, Fazoli’s is comeback kid

It might come as no surprise that Fazoli’s, started in Lexington in 1988, fell into a slump, hemorrhaging more than 150 restaurants in recent years. But unlike its Central Kentucky-born brethren, the fast-food Italian chain has begun to bounce back under the guidance of the former CEO of the restaurant chain Damon’s.

On Monday, the Lexington area’s eight locations will debut a number of new features, everything from real plates and better-quality menu items to brighter interiors and a person once again dedicated to handing out breadsticks in the dining room.

The upgrades have led to the hiring of about 70 new employees locally among an estimated 1,000 workers to be hired nationwide as the changes are rolled out.

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