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

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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...

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

Same-store sales drive strong second quarter results.

Fresh To Order CEO: Fast casual concepts need to 'elevate up'

Panos believes many brands in the segment are not delivering on true, fresh, made-from-scratch products.

Capriotti's CEO: Franchising an attractive option for those burned in the Great Recession

Morris' passion for Capriotti's food and proven concept took him from franchisee to top exec.

Burger Lounge CEO: Almost any food type can be 'fast casualized'

J. Dean Loring believes the 'better burger' bubble is here.

Federal Donuts hopes to kickstart 'radical' hospitality with partnership

If Rooster Soup Co.'s crowdfunding effort gets off the ground, its profits will be donated to helping those in need.

Maui Wowi CEO: Sky's the limit for brand's growth

The coffee/specialty beverage brand just launched an online store for guests who want to have its products shipped to them.

Dickey's adds chief brand officer to communicate 'basics done right'

Christie Finley aims to deliver consistent customer experience as company expands rapidly coast to coast.

Bruster's CEO talks about the brand's anniversary, growth and proprietary operating system

Sahene is also heading up a relatively new Philly Cheesesteak concept called Wit or Witout, which recently opened its third store and has sold its first two franchisees

Teriyaki Madness CEO discusses the drivers behind the company's growth

Teriyaki Madness is set to triple its current footprint.

Fast casual heats up restaurant industry with 11 percent growth

More QSRs and full-service restaurants are expected to realign their formats to compete more aggressively.

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McAlister’s Deli secures $15 million for expansion

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Restaurant recruiting firm launches regional development franchising program

Patrice & Associates, a nationwide recruiting firm specializing in the restaurant industry, has introduced a regional development franchising program. According to a news release, as part of the new program, regional developers will acquire the rights to develop 25 Patrice & Associates franchises within a specified territory.

Tava Indian Kitchen taps Smashburger exec as CEO

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Menchie's opens stores in Canada, Connecticut

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Dickey's opening new location in Mississippi

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McAlister’s Deli is a Fast Casual dining concept that offers a diverse menu of American Regional favorites, in a comfortable dining environment, highlighted by McAlister’s Genuine Hospitality and McAlister’s Famous Sweet TeaTM. Our menu features a wide variety of sandwiches, entrée salads, soups and giant spuds, all made to order and delivered to the guest at their table. We do all of this using a simple operating model found in the fast casual segment.

 

As a result, McAlister’s Deli restaurants have Average Net Sales of $1,415,705. We are seeking new franchisees to open and operate multiple locations in markets across the country. If you consider yourself a great operator dedicated to hospitality, now’s the time to join our growing family of successful franchisees.