Get Fried hoping to open in Middle East

The French fry fast food chain, Get Fried 9#GetFried Fry Cafe), has entered into an exclusive master franchise agreement with World Franchise Associates to develop locations in the Middle East and North Africa, according to a news release. World Franchise...

Former Corner Bakery exec takes over franchise sales at Smashburger

Smashburger has hired Gregg Koffler, who was previously overseeing franchise sales for Corner Bakery Cafe, for the position of senior VP of franchise sales and administration. Koffler will oversee the company's franchise sales teams and will be responsible for continuing...

QSRs, Pizza restaurants get competition from Mexican chain's delivery service

In hopes of competing with fast food chains, On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina has partnered with DoorDash in several US markets to provide on-demand delivery of the restaurant's menu items. The initial launch area includes the eight major...

US Foods hits the NYSE

National food service distributor, US Foods Holding Corp, began trading Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "USFD," after its initial public offering. US Foods raised $1.02 billion in gross proceeds.

Software hopes to help restaurants meet FDA guidelines

Trabon has introduced its new My Meal, My Way Nutrition Calculator, which helps restaurants seamlessly comply with the FDA regulations that take effect May 2017, according to a company press release. The calculator provides guests with 11 specific nutritional data...

Dickey's Barbecue Pit expanding in Texas, Louisiana, California

Dickey's Barbecue Pit has partnered with Marshland Foods to open eight locations along the I-10 Corridor in Texas and Louisiana. It also signed a deal to open four units in California, according to a company press release. The first store will open in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and two openings will follow in Beaumont, Texas.

App helps co-workers communicate without exchanging cell numbers

An app that allows employees to message co-workers without having to divulge personal phone numbers is now available. Entrepreneurs Danny Leffel and Broc Miramontes created the app, Crew, after discovering that their favorite local Mexican restaurant, Don Ramon's, struggled with...

Smoke's Brands launches 3-brand concept

Smoke's Brands, a Canadian brand known best for its fast casual brand, Smoke's Poutinerie, has opened a Smoke's Food Court concept, which includes Smoke's Poutinerie, Smoke's Weinerie and Smoke's Burritorie in a single unit. The food court will celebrate its...

Blaze moves into Utah with location across from water park

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza — one of this year’s Top 100 Fast Casual Movers and Shakers — opened its first Utah location today in Lehi. To celebrate the chain is giving away build-your-own pizzas all day Friday to anyone who...

Pie Five moves into Austin area

Dallas-based Pie Five opens its newest location next week in the Austin-area suburb of Pflugerville, which a news release said is across the street from the Hawaiian Falls water and adventure park. "Pie Five's fun, fast and fresh flavors will...

Pomona welcomes Pieology

Pieology Pizzeria is opening a new store in the competitive Southern California market, according to a news release.

Gigi's launches website to attract franchisors

Gourmet cupcake and bakery franchise, Gigi's Cupcakes Bakery, announced it has launched a franchise recruitment website, gigiscupcakesfranchise.com. "Communities flock to our grand openings … but the opportunity for unlimited growth as a Gigi's franchise owner actually exists outside the four...

Green tea smoothie available at Juice It Up!

Juice It Up! is now serving a Nirvana Matcha Green Tea Smoothie, featuring Matcha Green Tea powder, raw spinach, banana, nonfat milk and nonfat frozen yogurt, according to a company press release. "We're constantly innovating in the Juice It Up!...

Mama Fu's appoints president, CFO

Mama Fu's Asian House has named Steve Burt as its president and chief financial officer. "Steve Burt joining the Mama Fu's team adds another tier of experience and excellence to our already incredible leadership team," Randy Murphy, Mama Fu's CEO,...

Penn Station goes mobile

Penn Station East Coast Subs has launched a mobile app, which includes a loyalty program. Customers can sign up for Penn Station's loyalty program by inputting their email addresses after they download the app, according to a company press release....

Billy Sims taps former Bennigan's exec for VP gig

Billy Sims BBQ has named Jennifer Gamble as the brand's VP of Marketing. Gamble served as VP of Marketing for Dallas-based Bennigan’s Franchising Company, where she was instrumental in rebuilding the iconic casual dining brand, according to a company press release.

Updated digital menu boards keep Johnny Rockets rockin'

BrightSign LLC, a manufacturer of digital signage media players, has announced a collaboration with Rockbot to update digital signage networks in the Johnny Rockets chain of American diner-themed hamburger restaurants, according to a company press release. With more than 215...

Grubhub's new platform enhances management options

Online and mobile food ordering and delivery provider, Grubhub, launched a new in-restaurant platform called GrubCentral. It's accessible from any device and allows restaurant supervisors to manage menus, review Grubhub financial statements and process orders. "Efficiencies driven by this new...

Sunset strip gets a little dash of the Aloha State

Sunset Boulevard goes a little Hawaiian today when AhiPoki Bowl opens its third location in Hollywood, California on the renowned street. AhiPoki Bowl is a build-your-own-poke-bowl restaurant inspired by the Hawaiian dish, featuring sushi-grade seafood, sauce, rice or salad and...

Bojangles' raises guidance thanks to robust sales growth

Things are looking up at Bojangles' with first quarter financial results prompting the company to boost its outlook for the year. The financial prediction revamp comes on the heels of 24 consecutive quarters of restaurant sales growth. Steady increases in...

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