Fatburger, Buffalo's Express opening cobranded LA unit

Fatburger and Buffalo’s Express are once again joining forces to open a cobranded location, this time in El Monte, Los Angeles.

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Surf’s up: Coconut’s Fish Cafe franchising in LA

Hawaii’s Coconut’s Fish Cafe is surfing into Los Angeles, planning four locations for the market.

Fresh to Order CEO explains why expansion plans include some states, not others

Fresh to Order's CEO, Pierre Panos, shares details on the company's expansion plans that include corporate stores opening in Atlanta, Dallas and Knoxville as well as franchised units from Chicago to Florida.

Uncle Maddio's execs: Fast casual pizza still burning up growth

Uncle Maddio's director of operations, Scott Goodrich, and CEO Matt Andrew discuss how hot the fast casual pizza industry is and what's helped the brand succeed in such a competitive market.

Wok Box opens in Arlington

Wok Box Fresh Asian Kitchen, a Canadian-based fast casual chain, has opened its latest restaurant in Arlington, Texas.

Carin Stutz planning to take McAlister's nationwide

McAlister's CEO Carin Stutz discusses her plans for taking the brand across the nation.

Building brands: Pie Five's CEO shares strategies

Pie Five's parent company, Rave Restaurant Group, is looking to build and expand the concepts under the brand.

Extra! Extra! How the odd pairing of newspapers and pizza built a successful brand for Pizza Press

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Read about how two seemingly unrelated concepts - pizza and newspapers - have merged together to create a brand experience at Pizza Press that feels timeless, yet modern.

Persona slated to open 3 locations in southeast

Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria has inked a development agreement for three restaurants in the Southeastern United States, including South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

Your Pie looking for national growth in the midst of fast casual pizza boom

With 22 units open, Your Pie is hoping to break out of the Southeast and go nationwide.

Are grocery and c-stores a threat or opportunity for fast casual restaurants?

While new offerings may put some grocery stores and c-stores in direct competition with fast casual brands, new partnerships also present new opportunities for fast casual brands to reach new audiences and new markets.

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NEWS


Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza going to Disney

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza will open a new restaurant at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World Resort at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Kneaders opening in Tucson

Kneaders Bakery & Café are calling residents of Tucson, Arizona, to experience its freshly baked bread and pastries. The restaurant and retail shop will open July 17 at 135 South Wilmot Road.

Napa celebrates world's 'Heritage' with new fast casual concept

Napa has a new fast-fine dining restaurant, Heritage Eats, which opened in May in the BelAire Shopping Center, according to a company press release.

Johnny Rockets planting flag in El Paso

Johnny Rockets will open in El Paso thanks to an agreement with Cruzar Group.

Catering workshop intends to help restaurants grow sales

The Catering Institute is offering its second Catering Sales Management Workshop.

Top Round making rounds in Louisville

Top Round Roast Beef has inked its second franchise agreement, which will bring four stores to the Louisville, Kentucky, area.

Juice It Up! celebrates 20th anniversary with two new New Mexico locations

Juice It Up! is opening two new New Mexico units.

Capriotti celebrates Delaware re-opening with sandwich giveaways

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop is re-opening its Hockessin, Delaware location under new management.

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza expanding Georgia presence with Smyrna location

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza is once again expanding in the Atlanta, Georgia area with its first unit in Smyrna by restaurant operators Mike and Cjgie-Mcgaha Dickey to open on July 10.

Coconut’s Fish Café opens second Arizona restaurant location

Coconut’s Fish Café has opened its second Scottsdale, Arizona location.

Johnny Rockets entering Poland

Johnny Rockets has signed a development deal with HDS Polska Group to build and operate 10 Johnny Rockets restaurants over the next 10 years in Poland.

Pancheros opening in northern, southern Cali

Pancheros Mexican Grill, a Midwest-based fast casual restaurant, is making its West Coast debut in California.

Menchie's opens 500th unit

Menchie’s has opened its hallmark 500th store in Saratoga Springs, New York, with seasoned franchisee, Brian Trager, who owns four other locations in the New York area.

YO! Sushi on US expansion mission

YO! Sushi, which operates 86 branches worldwide, has opened its second U.S. location at Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey, and also plans to open in Short Hills, New Jersey and Tampa, Florida.

Le Boulanger owners opening fast casual concept

The Brunello Family, founders of California's Le Boulanger, is opening a fast casual concept.

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Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint, takes “fast casual” to the next level. We have created a new market for fast casual authentic homemade pizzas, gourmet salads and toasted Paninis – pioneering the trail for premium fast casual pizza. We are driving this new pizza trend by catering to customers’ expectations for great tasting, reasonably priced, and personalized pizza with high quality ingredients. Our made-to-order pizzas are available in a 9-inch individual, medium or large size, and topped with the freshest ingredients chosen by guests.