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AT FIRST GLANCE The draft beer experience begins at the bar. (866) 327-4159 Taziki's Plans 20 New Units in '14 Taziki's Mediterranean Café, a fast-casual Greek-inspired chain, launched in Birmingham, Ala., in 1998, plans to open at least 20 additional restaurants this year. Expansion markets include Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Ten- nessee, Texas and Virginia. "Our company saw enormous growth last year," says Jim Keet, managing partner and CEO of Taziki's. "We start- ed franchising, which has provided Taziki's the opportunity to build a larger presence throughout the United States." The company's newest location opened in Bentonville, Ark., in late December. It's the largest so far, at 3,400-square-feet, with seating for 130 customers, patio seating and a drive-thru window, an amenity Keet expects to bring to additional locations soon as a way to boost lunch sales. Taziki's currently operates 32 locations in 9 states.

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