Taziki’s Mediterranean Café Named September Small Business of the Month

Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce

DAPHNE, Ala. – The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize Taziki’s Mediterranean Café as the September Small Business of the Month.

Taziki’s is a Mediterranean-inspired and southern influenced fast casual restaurant.  The location in Daphne is one of 93 now open nationwide.

"We are not fast food and make over 100 items daily from scratch,” said owner Mark Hemby. "Our goal is to serve delicious and healthy meals a little quicker than a typical full-service restaurant.”

Owner Mark Hemby opened the local Taziki’s locations after a 15-year career in banking. Over the years, he’d frequent Taziki’s #2 in Birmingham. That’s where he fell in love with the food, the brand and what the company stood for in the community.

When he decided to make a career change into the hospitality industry and move south, he was able to bring Taziki’s to Mobile, Baldwin and Escambia Counties.

One major community partnership he’s been able to bring here along with the restaurant is the HOPE (Herbs Offering Personal Enrichment) Project. Started by Taziki’s founder Keith Richards in Shelby County Schools, the project helps to teach special needs students how to grow, cultivate, package and sell herbs to their restaurants. The Daphne location is now partnered with Daphne High School for this program.

"If you are enjoying some of our fresh made pesto, there is a chance it was grown at Daphne High School,” said Hemby.

Taziki’s also partners with the schools and other charities to offer Spirit Nights where a portion of their sales are donated. "This is a way for people to experience our restaurant and help support the community,” said Hemby.

Stop by Taziki’s for lunch or dinner at 1539 Highway 98 in Daphne.

You can also find them online at www.tazikiscafe.com.

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