BurgerFi planting flag in Kuwait

BurgerFi has reached a multi-unit development deal to open at least eight units in Kuwait under the direction of CEO Abdullah Ajrash of Austrian Business Development Group, according to a company press release. The first BurgerFi restaurant will open at...

Organic soda fountains now available to restaurants nationwide

Tractor Soda Co, which produces100-percent certified organic, non-GMO fountain soda, has begun national distribution thanks to its partnership with Dot Foods, according to a company press release. "We're excited that our crafted organic sodas will be available to the masses...

Freebirds driving sales with food truck

Freebirds is hoping its food truck concept can drive Texas sales. The truck, which debuts Saturday and Sunday at Lone Star Jam, in Austin, will eventually roll its way across the country to promote new openings, according to a company...

Newk's names franchisee of year

Newk's Eatery has named Cassandra Stokes as its franchisee of the year. Stokes, of Sekots Too LLC, has been a franchisee for nearly three years, due to high performance in a variety of operational categories, including zero leadership turnover and...

Smashburger's Tom Ryan named chief brand officer

Smashburger has announced Tom Ryan, company co-founder, will assume the role of chief brand officer, spearheading brand evolution as the company expands across the globe. Ryan has served as the brand's chief concept officer since 2007, when he and Rick...

Pie Five hopes to hit jackpot with casino development deal

Pie Five Pizza Co. has announced a development partnership with existing franchise partners Fred Gustin and Kurt Guttshall, of Slice of the Pie LLC and veteran casino partners Pop's Shop, to deliver the fast casual pizza concept into casinos nationwide,...

Noodles & Co remains upbeat despite Q1 share losses

Although Noodles & Company reported negative earnings per share for Q1, revenues were up 7.8 percent compared to the same quarter last year, according to CEO Kevin Reddy, who addressed investors Tuesday during an earnings call. The Q1 comparable restaurant...

Blazing Onion adopts digital menu platform

Lynnwood, Washington-based fast casual restaurant chain Blazing Onion has deployed eTouchMenu at its restaurant in Gig Harbor, Washington, and plans to launch the digital menu platform across all seven locations, according to a press release. The technology, which is compatible...

Nekter Juice Bar accelerates growth in Q1

Nekter Juice Bar signed 29 franchise agreements in the first quarter of 2016, growing its footprint in the United States by more than 50 percent, according to a company press release. The chain also experienced a significant uptick of 5...

Jersey Mike's offering all-digital customer experience

Jersey Mike's Subs is taking its rewards program digital, inviting customers to create a single online Jersey Mike's account, linking their Shore Point Rewards, online ordering, email club, texting and mobile app login, according to a company press release. New...

Carin Stutz leaves McAlister's for Red Robin

Carin Stutz has traded her role as president of McAlister's Deli to serve as EVP and chief operating officer at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, according to a company press release. She will be responsible for leading regional restaurant management teams...

Pieology opens 2nd second Florida location

Pieology Pizzeria is opening in Ponte Vedra Beach, its second Florida location. Located in Nocatee Town Center East, Pieology Ponte Vedra Beach features personalized pizzas and made-to-order custom salads, using an unlimited selection of over 40 toppings, according to a...

Splick.it acquires ONOSYS to make going mobile easy for restaurants

Splick.it and ONOSYS have joined forces to provide multi-unit restaurants access to a mobile and online ordering system, integrated loyalty and catering programs, and technology support, according to a company press release. Splick.it, a SaaS technology platform and one of...

Dickey's Barbecue Pit expands brand to 11 Ohio locations

After signing a three-store development agreement, Dickey's Barbecue is on the verge of 11 total locations in Ohio. "I knew Dickey's was the right concept because of the exceptional growth rate and the quality of the product," said Kelley Millikin,...

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt partners with "The Angry Birds Movie"

Menchie' Frozen Yogurt will offer limited edition flavors, Angry Birds gummy toppings, movie-themed spoons and two specialty cups all inspired by Sony's new animated film "The Angry Birds Movie."

Au Bon Pain releases spring menu

Au Bon Pain as released its spring menu, according to a company press release, which contains lighter flavors, including a Turtle Latte, Power Protein Breakfast Sandwich and a Chicken, Strawberry and Watermelon Salad. Additionally, the chain also introduced a wrap,...

El Pollo Loco aims to double customer satisfaction with salad offerings

With its tagline "Fresh from the Grill," El Pollo Loco launched a line of four Double Chicken Salads: Avocado Mango Chile, Avocado Taco, Southwest Bacon and Avocado Fajita. Beginning this week, these limited-time salads offer twice the fire-grilled chicken, according...

San Jose welcomes Paris Baguette franchise

The first Paris Baguette in San Jose, California will open its doors Friday. "I cannot wait to share these delicious products with the people of San Jose," said Joshua Kim, owner of Paris Baguette in San Jose and the director...

Captain D's prepping 6 new restaurants

Captain D's LLC has signed franchise development agreements to open six new restaurants.

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