Costa Vida will be opening new locations in Denver, Vancouver/Portland, Atlanta, Tampa/Sarasota and Northern California this year. Costa Vida will have additional locations popping up in Utah, Arizona, Texas, Idaho and Illinois this year.
Smoothie Factory Juice Bar announced it added 20 new locations in 2014, for a total of 52 locations under its new parent company, BRIX Holdings LLC.
Winter weather hasn't put the freeze on growth for several fast casual concepts. Capriotti's, Jersey Mike's Subs, Manny's Neighborhood Grilles and Mediterranean Cafes and Newk's Eatery all signed deals for new units, and many more units opened this week.
Einstein Noah Restaurant Group has announced it plans to shutter 39 underperforming stores in 11 states on Feb. 24.
Pollo Tropical's comps rose 6.6 percent in 2014, while Taco Cabana posted a 3.3 percent increase.
Bennigan's CEO Paul Mangiamele and his wife Gwen have formed a new company, Legendary Restaurant Brands LLC, which owns the Bennigan's restaurant chain, as well as its new fast-casual concept, Bennigan's On The Fly and Steak and Ale.
Bourbon Brothers Holding Corporation has announced a formal agreement to license the Southern Hospitality (SH) brand for new fast casual units in the Denver and Colorado Springs markets.
The theme this week for new fast casual locations: strengthening footprints.
The California-based chain is aiming to open 100 locations by 2018.
Jake's Franchising LLC hopes to take Uncle Willie's BBQ nationwide starting in April.
Shake Shack will partner with SAZABY LEAGUE Ltd., which plans to open ten units in Japan through 2020.
Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint opened its first Charleston, South Carolina-area restaurant in Mount Pleasant.
Pie Five, a fast casual pizza brand, swore in its new President of Pizza to office, Hunter Todd of Franklin, Tennessee, according to a company release.
Fazoli's franchisees and company units posted a combined 13.6 percent same-store sales increase in January – more than double that of their quick-service competitors, which grew at a rate of 6.1 percent.
Heartland Payment Systems, a payments processor and provider of merchant business solutions, announced the acquisition of Dinerware and pcAmerica, two point-of-sale companies with solutions covering various hospitality and retail segments.