by Lindsay Cuomo
Schlotzsky’s in Norman will soon have a different look as its newest location is set to open later this month at 1000 Alameda Street.
The restaurant will debut a design that will be completely new to the Sooner state. With buzz words like modern, locally owned and fresh, the Jones family’s east Norman Schlotzsky’s will be stepping out of the fast food box when it opens for the first time on April 19.
“I have been in the restaurant business for a long time, and I am really excited about what we have to offer,” said David Jones, president and CEO of Awesome Eats Enterprises. “You have never seen any Schlotzsky’s like this in Oklahoma.”
More than just a fresh look, the Jones family will be serving all the chain’s favorites in addition to new options, including breakfast, street tacos, sliders and craft beer.
“We will be the first Schlotzsky’s to have beer on tap in Oklahoma,” said David Jones, Jr., Awesome Eats Enterprises vice president. “We will have four local craft beer options as well as big-name brands.”
“We’re very thankful for David and his team at Awesome Eats Enterprises, for bringing Schlotzsky’s back to the Norman community. I’m sure that people will enjoy the new menu items and be impressed with all of the updates,” Brian Farris vice president operations for Schlotzsky’s.
Diners can kick back and enjoy a variety of seating options that offer perks like free WiFi, USB plug-ins, big-screen TVs and an outdoor patio.
“We are excited to offer a very modern approach to the college-town hangout,” said Sarah Jones, who also serves as Awesome Eats Enterprises vice president. “We want to offer a laid-back place where students can study, and families can enjoy a good meal together.”
The restaurant will even have live music from time to time during the week, David Sr. said.
This Schlotzsky’s location will serve breakfast, starting at 8 a.m. each day that patrons can top off with locally roasted coffee. Customers can also take advantage of delivery options through Uber Eats and DoorDash as well as call ahead and pick-up orders at the restaurant.
But, not everything is changing. The Jones family and their crew will still get an early start on their breads, made from scratch each day, and they will be serving their original sandwiches, flatbread pizzas and indulgent Cinnabon rolls.
“We take pride in our facilities and our food,” Sarah said. “Fast, fresh and current, we offer a tasty, healthy menu with lots of gluten-free options.”
Also, the restaurant is offering free Schlotzsky’s sandwiches for a year to a lucky few of the guests who attend the grand opening on April 19.
The first 100 guests to purchase a six pack of Cinnabons will get cards they can use to receive free small original sandwiches for a year, David Jr. said. Those first diners can also enjoy live music and other fun merchandise giveaways during the grand opening celebration.
Schlotzsky’s is currently hiring for their Norman location. Interested applicants can apply online at dljfoodsinc.com– BSM