3 restaurants selected to 'pitch' concepts at Fast Casual Executive Summit

Following a worldwide contest, three restaurants have been chosen to present concepts before a panel of investors and a live audience at the Fast Casual Executive Summit on Oct. 20 in Miami.

NRA: Dampened outlook causes decline in Restaurant Performance Index

As a result of a somewhat dampened outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index declined in June for the second consecutive month.

Pie Five creating 'Pie-topia' in Kansas City

Kansas City will boast another Pie Five Pizza location come Aug. 7, when the chain opens its fifth Kansas City-area location at Glenwood Commons, on the corner of 91st and Metcalf, in Overland Park, Kansas.

UFood Grill CEO recruiting vets to become franchisees

In an effort to help veterans become business owners, UFood Grill is offering veterans a 50 percent discount on its current franchise fee, according to a company press release.

Native Foods to save 100M gallons of water

Native Foods Café and the Surfrider Foundation have collaborated for their inaugural “Veg Pledge,” which seeks to save 100 million gallons of water.

Capriotti’s next step in nationwide expansion is Nebraska

The national sandwich brand is opening its first Nebraska location in partnership with franchisee Corey Tallman.

Say ‘aloha’ to Robek’s Hawaiian Acai Bowls

Robeks Fresh Juices and Smoothies announces new limited time menu item.

Groupon launches ‘Groupon To Go’

The Internet coupon service will expand into the takeout and delivery markets

Naf Naf Grill opening first Minneapolis location

The fast casual Middle Eastern style concept will open outside Chicago for the first time in company history.

Franchise industry group leader fires back on labor proposals

Proposed labor rules could destroy the industry, claims International Franchise Association chief.

Pie Five to open 25 locations in three states

Pie Five Pizza announced that HCW Development will open units in Missouri, New Mexico and Arizona.

Nothing cheesy about Sweet Lorraine’s Mac n’ Cheez! franchise agreement

Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n’ Cheez! signed a franchising agreement for a fifth Michigan location.

Culimetrics, TCreative team up to launch Spoleto in US

Taking the step from a Brazilian QSR to an American fast casual Italian restaurant would have been very difficult, Spoleto reported in a recent press release, without the help of two business-consulting services, TCreative and Culimetrics.

Pieology expands into Koreatown

Pieology's Koreatown location in Los Angeles had opened with more locations still to come in the area.

HotSchedules delivers mobile task management, communication, accountability app

Logbook is a mobile task list and communication tool that can replace or enhance traditional paper systems.

Juice It Up commemorates 20 years in business with guest freebies

Juice It Up! is celebrating 20 years by offering guests a free smoothie at the chain’s more than 80 units nationwide

TripAdvisor app integration expands customer engagement capability

The new TripAdvisor integration is the latest addition to Enplug’s app portfolio geared toward boosting customer interaction via social networks

Free webinar offers insight on Which Wich CRM strategy

The live webinar will provide a rare opportunity to learn about customer relationship management from the business enterprise and gain unique insight on options and strategy.

Coca-Cola products available at Freebirds

Freebirds World Burrito will now serve Coca-Cola products in all its locations.

Last call: Nominations closing soon for Fast Casual Top 25 execs

The editors of FastCasual.com are accepting nominations recognizing the industry's most influential people. The deadline to nominate is Aug. 3

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