Cowboy Chicken hits Texas, Midwest

Cowboy Chicken, a 13-unit wood-fire rotisserie chicken brand based in Dallas, has signed two new franchisee agreements that will expand the brand into Texas, Kansas and Nebraska.

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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.

Potatopia is pushing potatoes to the center of the plate

With a goal of more than doubling Potatopia's unit count in 2015, Alan Dikker has his sights set on elevating the lowly spud.

Stutz ready to gear up growth for McAlister's

McAlister's Deli plans to add 30 new locations in 2015, and Carin Stutz, its new president, would like to step up the pace even more.

North Dakota oil boom spurs fast casual restaurant growth

Thanks at least in part to its energy sector, it makes sense for North Dakota to be on the radar for restaurant developers.

The importance of educating your team about catering

Only through a commitment to education will we have the ability to help others meet a proper standard that can help catering and restaurant leaders adapt to the market changes.

Is Panera 2.0 starting to pay off?

Panera will report on its Q4 and FY 2014 earnings on Feb. 12, and the question on everyone's mind is, "How's that 2.0 thing going?" We sat down with Panera's Blaine Hurst for some background and an update.

The top five fast casual stories for January 2015

The top stories in January centered on restaurants poised for breakout years through franchising and growth; the secrets to Starbucks' success and CEOs' takes on top trends for 2015.

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NEWS


Pollo Campero reports same-store sales growth

Pollo Campero announced 11.8 percent same-store sales growth at comparable United States stores for Q1.

Pizza Studio celebrating DC opening with free pizza

Co-founders Samit Varma and Ron Biskin celebrate the area's first location by giving away free pizza to customers from 11-2 pm and 5-8 pm on April 23.

Tropical Smoothie boasts all-time highest AUV

Tropical Smoothie Café announced today an all-time high average unit volume of more than $578,000, while the top 50 percent of its cafes nationwide reported exceeding $734,000, said Mike Rotondo, CEO of Tropical Smoothie Cafe. "We are thrilled that in...

Freebirds names new COO, moves HQ

Freebirds has moved its headquarters to Texas and named a new COO.

Juice It Up! opening Texas unit

The raw juice and smoothie chain continues Texas expansion.

Smashburger travels across the pond

Smashburger will open 35 restaurants in the United Kingdom.

Shake Shack is 'California Dreamin'

Shake Shack is taking on L.A.

Pollo Tropical continues Texas expansion

Pollo Tropical is expanding its presence in Texas.

Burger 21 opening second Florida unit

Burger 21 is opening its second Florida unit.

Chipotle reports revenue increase despite pork shortage

Chipotle saw a 20-percent increase in revenue for Q1.

Spoleto lands in America

The Brazil-based Italian concept has opened its first American location.

IFA, Chamber of Commerce applaud statute blocking NLRB 'joint employer liability' expansion

The International Franchise Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Workforce Freedom Initiative announced their approval of a new law in Tennessee establishing that franchise and franchisee employees are separate entities.

Juice It Up! celebrates 20 years, 50 percent sales increase

Juice It Up!, a raw juice bar and hand-crafted smoothie franchise, announced the company achieved "solid same-store sales" and an average unit volume growth of three percent in Q1 2015, compared to the first quarter of 2014.

Korean-inspired fare, Chipotle-style leads to doubled-digit sales growth

The company's same-store sales growth reached double-digits, leading to plans for nearly 20 stores slated to open in the next two years.

Panera to increase buyback to $750M, refranchise 73 stores

Panera Bread announced that it is increasing its buyback authorization to $750M and plans to sell and refranchise 73 of its company-owned stores.

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