Tropical Smoothie Café commits $20 million for franchisee financing

Tropical Smoothie Café, with the backing of private equity firm BIP Capital, has launched a financing program to help existing franchisees open additional restaurants nationwide by providing up to $20 million in loans. The Franchisee Financing Program provides qualified existing...


Chipotle cites increased throughput as a driver behind same-store sales lift

Same store sales drive strong second quarter results.

Fresh To Order CEO: Fast casual concepts need to 'elevate up'

Panos believes many brands in the segment are not delivering on true, fresh, made-from-scratch products.

Capriotti's CEO: Franchising an attractive option for those burned in the Great Recession

Morris' passion for Capriotti's food and proven concept took him from franchisee to top exec.

Burger Lounge CEO: Almost any food type can be 'fast casualized'

J. Dean Loring believes the 'better burger' bubble is here.

Federal Donuts hopes to kickstart 'radical' hospitality with partnership

If Rooster Soup Co.'s crowdfunding effort gets off the ground, its profits will be donated to helping those in need.

Maui Wowi CEO: Sky's the limit for brand's growth

The coffee/specialty beverage brand just launched an online store for guests who want to have its products shipped to them.

Dickey's adds chief brand officer to communicate 'basics done right'

Christie Finley aims to deliver consistent customer experience as company expands rapidly coast to coast.

Bruster's CEO talks about the brand's anniversary, growth and proprietary operating system

Sahene is also heading up a relatively new Philly Cheesesteak concept called Wit or Witout, which recently opened its third store and has sold its first two franchisees

Teriyaki Madness CEO discusses the drivers behind the company's growth

Teriyaki Madness is set to triple its current footprint.

Fast casual heats up restaurant industry with 11 percent growth

More QSRs and full-service restaurants are expected to realign their formats to compete more aggressively.

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Capriotti’s debuts in Virginia

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop will open its first restaurant in Virginia on Aug. 4.

Encore Restaurants purchases eight Five Guys units, plans to develop 45 more

Encore Restaurants LLC, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Encore Enterprises Inc., has announced the purchase of eight existing Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurants across Central California including Elk Grove, Fresno, Lodi, Natomas, Roseville, Stockton, Tracy and West Sacramento. Encore Restaurants...

Dickey's opens new restaurants in Michigan and Colorado

Dickey's announced today the opening of two new restaurants, one in Ferndale, Mich., and one in Castle Rock, Colo. The Ferndale, Mich. store, located at 23123 Woodward Ave., will open July 24 at 11 a.m.

Restaurant recruiting firm launches regional development franchising program

Patrice & Associates, a nationwide recruiting firm specializing in the restaurant industry, has introduced a regional development franchising program. According to a news release, as part of the new program, regional developers will acquire the rights to develop 25 Patrice & Associates franchises within a specified territory.

Tava Indian Kitchen taps Smashburger exec as CEO

Tava Indian Kitchen today announced that Jeremy Morgan, former SVP of Marketing and Consumer Insights for Smashburger, has been appointed CEO. “I love the fact that Tava serves delicious Indian food in a fast casual environment," said Morgan in a...

Menchie's opens stores in Canada, Connecticut

Menchie's marked the opening of two stores recently, one in Canada and one in Connecticut. The Canadian store opened in Georgetown, Ontario, and marked the brand's 100th location in that market. “Canada has proven to be a strong and successful market for us and we see this growth continuing.

Dickey's opening new location in Mississippi

Dickey's Barbecue Pit announced today the opening of a new store on July 24 at The Barnes Shopping Center at 3946 North Gloster Street, Suite F in Tupelo, Miss. "We have barbecue options in Tupelo, but not the Texas-style barbecue...

Villa Enterprises opens Food Hall by Villa at shopping outlet

Six of Villa Enterprises’ brands are now open at the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets in Virginia, as part of the Food Hall by Villa. The concepts include Villa Italian Kitchen, Green Leaf’s, Bananas, South Philly Steaks & Fries, Far East...

Pie Five Pizza plans debut in the Deep South

Pie Five Pizza Co. has awarded 26 franchise units to Quality Restaurant Concepts LLC, headed by restaurateurs Fred Gustin and Kurt Guttshall.

The Habit Burger Grill inks first two franchise deals

Habit Restaurants LLC recently announced it has signed its first two franchise agreements for multi-unit expansion in the Las Vegas and Seattle markets. 12 Ventures LLC, helmed by president and CEO Andrew Jeter, plans to bring the Habit to greater...

UAE falafel chain expanding to North America and Europe

Just Falafel, a 52-unit chain based in the United Arab Emirates, opened its first North American restaurants in June, and hopes to open 900 more throughout Europe and North America in the years to come, according to an AP story...

la Madeleine opens in Northern Virginia

la Madeline announced today the opening of its new restaurant at the Kingstowne Shopping Center in Alexandria, Va. "Opening our new Kingstowne café continues the momentum we are building throughout Metropolitan Washington, D.C.," said John Cahill, chief operating officer at...

sweetFrog expanding into Egypt

sweetFrog announced today plans to expand into Egypt. The company has signed a development agreement with Vantage Egypt for  Tourism & Entertainment, the Food and Beverage division of Halawa Group.

Starbucks opens first store in Colombia

Starbucks Coffee Company announced today the opening of its first store in Colombia. Fifty more stores are planned to open in the market over next five years. Located in the stylish Parque de la 93 in Bogota, the three-level store...

Multiunit franchisee growth outpacing restaurant industry growth

According to new data from the Restaurant Finance Monitor’s annual "Monitor 200" ranking, the 200 largest restaurant franchisees in the country saw their total revenues grow by 9 percent in 2013. This growth "easily" outpaced the overall restaurant industry’s growth,...

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McAlister’s Deli is a Fast Casual dining concept that offers a diverse menu of American Regional favorites, in a comfortable dining environment, highlighted by McAlister’s Genuine Hospitality and McAlister’s Famous Sweet TeaTM. Our menu features a wide variety of sandwiches, entrée salads, soups and giant spuds, all made to order and delivered to the guest at their table. We do all of this using a simple operating model found in the fast casual segment.


As a result, McAlister’s Deli restaurants have Average Net Sales of $1,415,705. We are seeking new franchisees to open and operate multiple locations in markets across the country. If you consider yourself a great operator dedicated to hospitality, now’s the time to join our growing family of successful franchisees.