by Kate Knable
Posted 5/6/2013 12:00 am
Little Rock’s Keet family is pulling together its plans for expanding the Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe restaurant concept in Arkansas.
A Bentonville Taziki’s is on its way, said Tommy Keet, president of JTJ Restaurants LLC of Little Rock, last week. JTJ is the company through which Tommy, his father, Jim Keet, and brother Jake own three existing stores and the Taziki’s franchising rights to Arkansas and Missouri.
The Keets already own two Taziki’s restaurants in Little Rock and one in Conway, but Tommy Keet told Arkansas Business in October that they plan to open eight to 10 more Arkansas locations of the fast-casual franchise within about five years. Two of those additional eateries are coming together, Tommy Keet said.
The Bentonville restaurant should open by Sept. 1 and the Keets are finalizing a Fayetteville location, he said.
“We’re going to try to do one to two a year from now until infinity,” Keet said.
|Taziki’s Location||Food Sales|
|12800 Chenal Parkway, Suite 18, Little Rock||$1,674,002|
|8200 Cantrell Road, Little Rock||$1,570,980|
|724 Oak St., Conway*||$305,583|
|*Opened Oct. 10|
The Keets are leasing a freshly constructed restaurant building in Bentonville in a new strip center, the Shoppes at Fountain Plaza, that sits parallel to Walton Avenue, Keet said. Taziki’s is the shopping center’s first official tenant, he said.
The restaurant will be 3,408 SF, the same size as the Conway Taziki’s. Taziki’s in Bentonville will feature a drive-through window. The Keets have applied for a patio permit and expect to apply for an alcohol permit, taking advantage of the fact that Benton County recently went wet, Keet said.
Jim Keet became managing partner and CEO of the entire Taziki’s chain, which is headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., last September. Jim Keet is a restaurant industry veteran who also served in both houses of the Arkansas General Assembly and ran for governor.