Training and Support
We set you up for success from opening
day and beyond
At Tony Roma’s, we treat guests as if they were in our own home. Our inviting hospitality and attention to detail begins with extensive team training that instills the level of professionalism that is a hallmark of our dining experience worldwide. Because we are a global concept, we want to ensure that guests receive a consistent Tony Roma’s experience, whether they are dining at our Thunder Bay location in Canada or at our flagship restaurant on International Drive in Orlando.
We create relationships, build guest affinity, increase guest counts, drive sales and always strive to delight customers.
“Tony Roma’s is a globally recognized name in casual dining” says Buddy Hall, Senior Director of HR & Training, who helps open Tony Roma’s restaurants around the world. “The brand affinity is unbelievable. We focus on the guest experience, consistency and quality — so that no matter where you are in the world, the Tony Roma’s experience inspires that same feeling.”
Training instills excellence at all levels
Opening day at a new Tony Roma’s location actually begins with support three to six months out, with an intense focus on management training to ensure that every aspect of the restaurant, from food prep to finances, is as efficient as possible. All MITs (Manager in Training) travel to Tony Roma’s headquarters for training in each position and area of their restaurant. Tony Roma’s training team also ensures that the restaurant is designed for optimum flow so that launch day is smooth and error-free.
“Our training team spends 14 to 21 days in every unit during a grand opening,” Buddy says. “I was tremendously proud and humbled by the response of the Thunder Bay Tony Roma’s ownership team. They were, quite simply, blown away by the professional manner in which we opened that restaurant.”
Over the course of his 20-plus-year restaurant industry career, franchisee Rick Kille has witnessed training during many new store openings, including other restaurant brands and was thrilled with the Thunder Bay launch. “Tony Roma’s support staff is absolutely great and very knowledgeable. They know exactly what they need to do. They come in to the location and they are ready to go. We witnessed this in Thunder Bay, which had one of the smoothest store openings that I’ve had the opportunity to be involved with. It went off without a hitch and that’s rare. That really is a credit to the trainers who were sent up here. They did a great job for us, and I probably can’t say enough about that,” says franchisee Rick Kille.
A fun, family-like culture
As we train team members with a focus on being operationally excellent, we also focus on fun as we strengthen the culture of hospitality we are known for. “We start with the end in mind – an amazing guest experience. Through being brilliant with the basics and seeking to create an amazing team member experience, we are able to replicate successful results for all stakeholders,” Buddy says.
At Tony Roma’s we continually look at improvements that can be made on a training and operational level. One example of franchise communications is our Franchise Advisory Committee, comprised of two franchise owners from the United States, one from Canada and overseas. The Franchise Advisory Committee meets regularly, and we have a quarterly newsletter, “The Roma Rack”.
“The people running your restaurants are the most important part of the team,” CEO Stephen K. Judge says. “The employees and the managers are the brand packaging in the restaurants.”