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.

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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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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.

New regulations bill will lead to 'costly litigation,' IFA says

Leaders of the International Franchise Association urged lawmakers in California to oppose Assembly Bill 525, which the organization believes would pose "additional and unnecessary regulations on franchise small businesses."

Complex tax code hurting franchises, IFA says

The International Franchise Association is encouraging lawmakers to pursue comprehensive tax reform as a way to support the franchise industry.

Your Pie celebrates 7 years, launches Maple Bacon Gelato

Your Pie announced the latest of the brand's seasonal Craft Pie Series, the new Maple Bacon Gelato.

CREAM inks 13-unit expansion deal for Northern California

CREAM, a San Francisco-based fast casual dessert franchise specializing in ice cream sandwiches and other confections, has inked a franchise deal for 13 new locations.

Penn Station inks 10-unit agreement for Atlanta area

The company has opened more than 290 locations in 15 states with only two store closings in 30 years.

Pie Five expands footprint in Chicago

The new restaurant marked Pie Five's 41st location.

Pieology expands in Northern California

The new store seats approximately 85 guests inside and 20 outside.

Canada-based Wok Box enters California market with 37-unit deal

The agreement states that the company will develop the 37 restaurants from Kern County up to the Oregon border, with the first slated to open in the San Francisco Bay Area in the first half of 2015.

Fazoli's receives fundraising award, rolls out create-your-own-pizza

Fazoli's received the COEX Innovation Award for Marketing/Service for its ongoing fundraising efforts and food donations to Feed the Children. Fazoli’s also introduced its next generation products and service style at its 15 Lexington, KY locations.

Blaze launches in Nashville, prepares for Las Vegas and Chicago openings

The Chicago and Las Vegas restaurants will feature a selection of wine and craft beer.

Russo's forms partnership to expand brand, interest potential franchisees

The partnership between Guidant Financial, BoeFly.com and Russo's is part of Guidant's Funding Assurance program to help franchisors expand their brands.

IFA: key to continuing job growth is tax reform, revising work week definition

Franchise businesses will create jobs at a faster pace than the overall economy in 2015, as it has in each of the last four years.

Fired Pie expands footprint in Arizona with 5 new locations

Arizona fast casual Fired Pie announced the opening of its tenth location at Scottsdale Fashion Square.

MOOYAH expands to Arlington, intros 'Millionaire Sweepstakes'

Dallas area fast casual MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes announced the opening of its 25th DFW area MOOYAH location and its first Arlington location.

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