Swipely ramping up in the restaurant space

Business insights provider Swipely is managing over $4 billion in annual sales on its cloud-based platform for restaurant, hospitality and retail brands. In the last six months, Swipely said it has doubled sales under management and provides insights on more...

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COO: Newk's riding high on 'second wave' of fast casual

Jim Greco, newly-appointed COO of Newk’s Franchise Company, sees an opportunity for the chain to supplant early leaders like Panera thanks to culinary-driven menus, open kitchens and exceptional levels of hospitality.

Who's the boss? Tips for avoiding joint employer liability

Franchisors must clearly define their roles to exclude control over the terms and/or conditions of franchisee's employees.

Taking the ambiguity out of local marketing strategies

HuHot's VP of Marketing shares how to get franchisees to weigh in on marketing decisions, and how to blend corporate standards with local store marketing techniques.

Is it possible to deliver fine dining experience for $10?

Frank Klein, CEO of Asian Box, thinks it's possible. The Asian concept sources sustainable ingredients, makes its own sauces and butchers its own meat.

Identifying best practices for restaurant site selection

Getting boots on the ground to narrow down an ideal location is important.

E-2 visa leads UK entrepreneur to California dream

Franchising is an ideal fit for many foreign entrepreneurs seeking to live and work in the US.

'Failure is not an option' in CEO's cancer battle

Just as things started taking off for Chicken Salad Chick, President and CEO Kevin Brown was diagnosed with stage IV liver cancer. He's fighting back, and helping others.

New Wild Wing Cafe CEO has deep roots in fast casual, QSR

Restaurant industry veteran Tom Lewison has been tapped to help Wild Wing Cafe take flight.

No soup for you? SoupMobiles could change that

Low cost, powerful brand story make SoupMobiles attractive to new franchisees, CEO Lloyd Sugarman says.

Morgan makes the leap from Smashburger to Tava Indian Kitchen

Tava aims to expand throughout San Francisco and into Denver.

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NEWS


California Tortilla enters NYC metro market

The Montvale, New Jersey location will be the Washington, D.C.-based brand's first in the New York City metropolitan area.

Luna Grill secures private funding

The funding will help Luna Grill continue its plans to grow to 30 locations by the end of 2015.

Blaze ignites Knoxville opening with free pizza giveaway

Fast casual concept Blaze Pizza is celebrating the opening of its Knoxville store by giving away free pizza.

The Habit announces IPO

Shares will be available at a price of $18 per share starting Nov. 20.

Fresh To Order adding delivery at new South Carolina unit

Fresh To Order's first unit in South Carolina will focus on delivery, grab 'n go and catering.

Fuddruckers builds footprint in Maryland

The 3,600-square-foot location accommodates 100 guests, with seating for 20 on a covered patio.

Dickey's locations set to open in Alabama, Pennsylvania and California

Opening celebrations for all three new restaurants will include pulled pork sandwiches offered for $2, gift card and merchandise giveaways.

Sales up in October for Fazoli's franchisees

The brand also has commitments for 12 new franchised restaurants, including several in travel centers.

Capriotti's franchise group changes name, adds board members

Dixie Foods International Inc., a Papa John's and Capriotti's Sandwich Shops franchisee, has changed its name to Preferred Restaurant Brands. The company has also added six members to its board of directors. CEO Ken Antos said 'Preferred Restaurant Brands' better...

Asian concepts poised for high unit growth this year

New data from Technomic forecasts a 2.3-percent unit growth rate over 2013 among the 500 largest US restaurant chains. According to a news release, this will be slightly higher than the 2.1-percent growth rate from 2012-13 and much higher than...

Gusto Wood Fired Grill opens in Atlanta

The concept, which features grilled proteins, is owned by former NFL player Nate Hybl, who played for the Cleveland Browns and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

PHresh opening first 'iKitchen' in Orlando

The new concept will feature a menu designed to follow American Heart Association guidelines, a small footprint and self-service kiosks.

Maui Wowi will open new Chico, California, location in spring

Maui Wowi Hawaii announced recently that franchisee Jules Jackson has signed a lease and will soon begin construction on a new location in the Shops and Mangrove in Chico, California. The store is expected to open in spring 2015. "My...

Menchie's opens in Perth, Australia

The location is Menchie's first in Western Australia.

Cobranded build-your-own pizza, froyo concept marks debut

DIY Restaurant Group celebrated the grand opening of its newest concept, uBuild + Trugurt Duo, in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, on Nov. 12.

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