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...

Kids LiveWell marks third anniversary with 150 restaurant brands

The National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program is celebrating its three-year anniversary this month. The voluntary program has grown from 19 to 150 participating restaurant brands in that time, representing more than 42,000 locations nationwide.

Villa Enterprises adds hibiscus, mango, pomegranate tea flavors

Villa Enterprises has added new flavored iced teas including hibiscus, mango and pomegranate at its restaurant concepts, Green Leaf’s and Bananas Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt, participating locations for a limited time. Also, Green Leaf’s & Bananas has kicked off a...

Coco’s Bakery launches menu redesign, new ingredients

Coco’s Bakery Restaurants Inc. has announced today a complete redesign and rollout of its new Core Menu, featuring new ingredients and never-frozen steaks. "Consumers, including our regular customers, are becoming more health conscious and seeking out more fresh and natural...

Tropical Smoothie Café commits $20 million for franchisee financing

Tropical Smoothie Café, with the backing of private equity firm BIP Capital, has launched a financing program to help existing franchisees open additional restaurants nationwide by providing up to $20 million in loans. The Franchisee Financing Program provides qualified existing...

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