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Teriyaki Madness inks franchise deal with not-for-profit organization

Both entities expect to benefit from the non-profit/for-profit partnership.

Teaching in-store and digital ordering to play nice

One of the leading brands is on its way to a digital ordering majority. Is your brand ready to handle the demand from outside your walls?

How Mystery Shopping can Supercharge Your Marketing and Training

By dramatically improving product quality and the customer experience, mystery shopping could be called the ultimate brand insurance.

Sponsored by: Sentry Marketing Group

How do you become the Uber of food?

When an idea comes along like UBER or OpenTable, you have to challenge the status quo and create a better way to serve the customer.

Back to the Basics takes a deep look at the restaurant industry workforce

'I truly believe that great things come from people getting together and collaborating,' Mike Tyler, CEO War Room.

Choosing the Right Potato Supplier for Fresh-Cut French Fries

Done correctly, few side dishes are better than fresh-cut french fries. Done poorly, they can be a guest turnoff.

Sponsored by: Kingston Fresh

New beverages, food give Starbucks a lift in Q3

Food sales drove two points of comp growth in the U.S., and the breakfast sandwich platform surged 40 percent.

5 Lessons Learned From Recent Retail Data Breaches [infographic]

Here are some hard lessons learned for retailers concerning data breaches.

Turning social media likes into restaurant traffic

Offer customers something, like a discount or a recipe, in return for their like.

The Starbucks mobile wallet: Will fantasy become reality?

Mobile Payments Today Editor Will Hernandez believes robust rewards could help such an initiative take off.

Chipotle cites increased throughput as a driver behind same-store sales lift

Same-store sales drive strong second quarter results.

Check out Panera To Go

The store layout is dominated by ordering, order pick-up and wait-area seating.

6 steps to promote staff, customer allergen awareness

Have a disclaimer up in your restaurant that lets customers know the efforts made to accommodate diners with special dietary needs.

LevelUp's new StartUp program aimed at limited-service restaurants

Consumers don't become comfortable making mobile payments until their third transaction.

Pasta Patrol: Fazoli's takes brand door-to-door to reach seniors, families

Community marketing efforts help double visits from senior adults.

Are Millennials really that hard to please?

Exceeding expectations on food taste is the best way to assure a great experience across generations.

Why is the speakeasy bar concept growing internationally but not in the US?

Colombian-based Wingz's customers require an electronic key to gain access to its restaurants.

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NEWS


Firecrust Neapolitan jumps into fast casual pizza space

Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria has opened its first restaurant in Dallas, and has begun construction on its second location in Plano, Texas. According to a news release, Firecrust is a fast casual Neapolitan pizza concept with its head office based in...

Webinar will introduce beacon, geo-fencing basics for restaurants

Beacons can be powerful tools for reaching customers right outside a restaurant's front door, and getting them through the front door. A free live webinar sponsored by Splick.it and hosted by FastCasual.com will help restaurants understand beacons and geo-fencing and...

Tyson Foods sells poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil

Tyson Foods Inc. has reached a definitive agreement with JBS SA to sell its poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil.

Fresh To Order intros mobile payments, loyalty app

Fresh To Order has introduced a new mobile app that allows guests to pay for their meals and earn rewards. The Fresh To Order App is now available through the Apple App Store and Google Play for iOS and Android platforms. For a limited time, guests can get a $3 credit at sign-up and earn an additional $2 credit by referring a friend.

FreshBerry opens 20th location in Saudi Arabia

Tulsa, Okla.-based FreshBerry Frozen Yogurt has opened its 20th store in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with franchise partner United Food Company. The newest location is in Jizan, in the Southern Region of Saudi Arabia. It is a co-branded store with Dallas-based Pizza Inn.

Habit showcasing Hatch chiles for limited time

Habit Restaurants LLC will add the Hatch Chile Charburger to its menu from Aug. 20 through Sept.30 at more than 90 locations.

How Do You Roll? inks 35 unit SoCal expansion deal

How Do You Roll? recently inked a deal with MMLS Holdings LLC to develop 35 units across Southern California over the next 10 years. "As a business owner I find it exciting to be part of an up and coming...

San Diego City Council passes minimum wage hike

On Monday, the San Diego City Council approved an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by January 2017, according to a report from Reuters. It's not a done deal. Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who has threatened to veto the bill, has 10 business days to act.

Wingstop posts strong second quarter

Wingstop reported a 15.3-percent increase in same-store sales growth in Q2 2014. Wingstop also signed 20 new domestic development agreements in the second quarter for 61 new restaurants, bringing the total so far for 2014 to 138 restaurants. The company...

Fatburger, Buffalo's Cafe open co-branded unit in Islamabad

Fatburger announced today the opening of its first co-branded location in Islamabad, Pakistan. This is the second location to be opened by BIL Foods, a food and beverage distributor, who opened the first Fatburger unit in Karachi, Pakistan, in January...

Buffalo's offers half-off Death Valley wings

Buffalo's and participating Buffalo's Express locations plan to mark National Chicken Wing Day today by offering half off Death Valley wings. Participating Buffalo's Express locations include: Chula Vista (555 Broadway, # 1019, Chula Vista, CA 91910), Murray Hill (509 3rd...

Blazing Onion Burger partners with eTouchMenu for order and payment app

Blazing Onion Burger will partner with eTouchMenu to launch an iPad app for guest-initiated order and payment. "We have been searching for a company that will work with us on our vision," Blazing Onion CEO David Jones said in a...

Jimmy John's donates $1 million to families of fallen, disabled soldiers

Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches announced today it is donating $1 million to benefit families of America's fallen and disabled military service men and women through the Folds of Honor Foundation. Jimmy John's will make the donation on Sept. 13 at...

Wendy’s testing build-your-own sandwich model

The build-your-own model is quickly becoming the rule rather than the exception in the restaurant industry, thanks to fast casual players such as Chipotle. It has made its way into the pizza space and even McDonald's has tried out the model. Now, Wendy's is testing a build-your-own sandwich program.

KFC Canada’s fast casual concept plans expansion, beer menu

KFC Canada announced the expansion of its KFC Fresh fast casual concept, which first made its debut in December 2013. "KFC Fresh began as Canada's incubator for signature innovation, so we're delighted to announce that we're expanding and evolving the...

Falafill joins Chicago's The NOSH with pop-up storefront

Falafill has joined The NOSH Chicago and will serve lunch at a pop-up storefront on The Plaza each Friday. The NOSH will be held each Friday from 11 a.m.

Fazoli's offering free lasagna for National Lasagna Day July 29

Fazoli's will give away its Twice-Baked Lasagna on July 29 in recognition of National Lasagna Day. Customers who visit a participating Fazoli's that day and order Twice-Baked Lasagna will receive a coupon for a Free Twice-Baked Lasagna with the purchase...

McAlister's Deli offering anniversary tumbler, sweepstakes

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, McAlister's Deli will offer new tumbers for purchase at participating stores nationwide. Customers can also enter McAlister's 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes for a chance to win $25 gift cards and the grand prize, a trip...

Jamba launching franchise recruiting campaign

Jamba Inc. today announced the launch of a new franchise recruiting campaign focused on single store development in existing and new domestic markets. Jamba was recently selected one of Forbes Top 10 Best Franchises in America. The recruitment effort will...

Chipotle announces Cultivate Dallas-Ft. Worth lineup

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced today its chef and music line-up for Cultivate Dallas-Ft. Worth, scheduled for Oct.18 at Lake Carolyn near Irving, Texas.

Younger consumers prioritize speed of service and technology

Generation Z, Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers total about 74 percent of the U.S. population, and make up a majority of foodservice consumers.

Sweet Tomatoes & Souplantation hosts DIY dessert promo

From now through July 31, Sweet Tomatoes and Souplantation restaurants are hosting a "Sweet Insanity" promotion, inviting guests to make their own soft serve ice cream sandwiches. According to a news release, customers will have a variety of choices to...

Whole Grains Council sets topics for November conference

Oldways and its Whole Grains Council have announced its conference, called Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers, is set for Nov. 9-11, 2014 at the Hyatt Boston Harbor in Boston.

Dickey's launches first multimedia ad campaign

Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants Inc. launched its first multimedia brand advertising campaign with the new company tagline, "We Speak Barbecue." "I'm so proud of our new campaign and believe we've created a message that really differentiates who we are as a...

Potbelly to open first Nebraska shop in November

Potbelly Sandwich Shop announced plans to open its first shop in Nebraska. The new Potbelly will open in the North Park Shopping Center at 2056 N.

Focus Brands selects purchasing group to manage supply chain

Focus Brands Inc. has selected restaurant supply chain buying group SpenDifference to manage purchasing for its more than 3,000 domestic locations across six concepts.

Back Yard Burgers sees turnaround with return of seasoned fries

Did bringing back seasoned fries save Back Yard Burgers? It might have been the start, according to a story in the Tennessean. The chain has enjoyed 15 straight months of same-store sales gains since bringing back seasoned fries and other...

Franchisors invited to meet with potential investors at Chicago event

Qualified franchise brands seeking to fuel their next level of growth have an opportunity to meet potential investors at the third annual Franchise Capital Exchange, to be held Aug. 25-27 at Hotel Sofitel in Chicago. A limited number of slots...

Buffalo Wings & Rings continues Middle East expansion

Buffalo Wings & Rings continues its expansion in the Middle East with the opening of its 9th location in Jordan. The restaurant chain has also opened the first of 12 planned locations in Saudi Arabia and signed its first area...

sweetFrog preps for New York Yankees Promotional Day

sweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt announced today that it will give away co-branded Yankees/sweetFrog sunglasses to the first 18,000 children at Promotional Day at Yankee Stadium on July 26. "The New York Yankees have created a tradition of excellence and family-friendly...

Rise Biscuits & Donuts launches worldwide franchise program

Rise Biscuits & Donuts recently announced the launch of its worldwide franchise program. Rise has partnered with Fransmart, the franchise development company behind brands like Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Qdoba Mexican Grill, as the exclusive franchise development partner....

Robeks unveils Philly food truck

Robeks fresh juices and smoothies franchise will debut the first food truck in the Philadelphia market. The rollout of the food truck marks Robeks' entry into Philadelphia and surrounding areas.

Robeks adds melon and mint to seasonal menu

Robeks fresh juices and smoothies is adding three new items featuring melon and mint to its seasonal menu. In many markets locally-grown fruits and produce will be used. "With these refreshing summer menu choices, we are keeping in step with our motto at Robeks — 'Healthy never tasted this good,'" CMO Chad Bailey said in a news release.

Corner Bakery Café partners with Altametrics

Corner Bakery Café announced the implementation of Altametrics' e*Restaurant and e*SmartClock systemwide beginning in August. "Our ability to adopt forward-thinking technology has put us in the position to more than double our national footprint by 2017. For that reason, we...

McAlister’s Deli secures $15 million for expansion

McAlister's Deli has secured $15 million in funding to drive its nationwide expansion plans. The funding comes from Benetrends. "McAlister’s continues to be recognized as a top fast casual concept with high-quality food and excellent service, and we consistently experience...

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