Newk's Eatery launches ovarian cancer awareness campaign

Newk's Eatery has announced the launch of a "Newk's Cares" campaign to raise awareness about ovarian cancer.

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Noodles & Company reports limp Q2 comps

Noodles & Company posted disappointing Q2 results, with comps declining 1 percent for company owned stores, 2.2 percent for franchised stores and 1.1 percent system-wide.

Summit will help fast casual restaurants 'think mobile first'

CONNECT Mobile Innovation Summit coming up Aug. 18-20 will feature the CEOs of Firehouse Subs and McAlister's Deli.

Homestyle Dining leverages smaller footprint to create 'plush fast casual' steak concept

Bo's Steak & Grill features a backyard barbecue theme, with country music, denim and red solo cups.

Turning social media likes into restaurant traffic

Offer customers something, like a discount or a recipe, in return for their like.

Pasta Patrol: Fazoli's takes brand door-to-door to reach seniors, families

Community marketing efforts help double visits from senior adults.

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.

How one restaurant concept leverages Yelp reviews for sales growth

Every star on a Yelp review leads to a 5 to 9-percent increase in revenue and First Watch uses the site as part of its business model.

Mobile CRM is a game changer that puts every restaurant on an even playing field

Heavy users of a brand do respond to rewards, but most customers prefer nuanced benefits, like special status as a VIP who gets access to private promotions.

Building, branding and loyalty in fast casual

Fast casual operations in non-commercial establishments are building brands and creating loyal consumers.

Moe's finds a sweet spot with contextualized tweets, increased digital spend

A well-timed tweet helped drive home Moe's brand message and engage customers.

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La Madeleine Country French Café donates $89,339 to Children's Hunger Fund

La Madeleine Country French Café has announced it has raised $89,339 for the Children's Hunger Fund so far in 2014.

Buffalo Wild Wings kicks off fantasy football season with Pepsi draft party kit, sweepstakes

Buffalo Wild Wings announced plans to offer fantasy draft kits to groups of eight or more who register to hold their 2014 fantasy draft parties at the restaurant.

Jamba Juice gives away nearly half a million servings of fruit, veggies

Jamba Inc. gave away 217,000 servings of fruit and 283,000 servings of vegetables during its "Free Juice Giveaway" at stores systemwide earlier this month. Jamba stores averaged over 215 hand-crafted juice samples each in just two hours, or almost two...

Webinar on beacons, geofencing now available

The free webinar Using Beacon Technology and Geofencing In Your Restaurant sponsored by Splick.it and hosted by FastCasual.com earlier this week is now available for playback.

Smashburger launches nationwide fundraiser for Parkinson's support

Smashburger announced in a news release it will be kicking off a nationwide fundraiser benefiting the Davis Phinney Foundation in support of the organization's mission to help people living with Parkinson's disease.

Starbucks' loyalty program now reminds customers to claim rewards

Starbucks wants to make sure customers never forget to claim one of its loyalty rewards again. Based on suggestions from customers, My Starbucks Rewards members will now receive a nudge via email, reminding them to claim rewards before they expire....

Farmer Boys opens in Gardena, Calif.

Farmer Boys is opening a new restaurant today at 641 W. Redondo Beach Blvd.

Chipotle unveils chef and music lineup for Cultivate Dallas-Ft. Worth festival

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced recently the celebrity chef and music lineup for Cultivate Dallas-Ft. Worth on Oct.

Noah's New York Bagels celebrates 25th anniversary with 25-cent bagel

Noah's New York Bagels announced it will mark its 25th anniversary by offering any Bagel & Shmear for only 25 cents today. "Today marks an important milestone for our company and we wouldn't have been able to celebrate this great...

The Original Soupman selects Brand Initiatives Group for branding strategy

Soupman Inc. announced its engagement of Brand Initiatives Group for a marketing and brand strategy. Brett Shevack, CEO of Brand Initiatives Group, will act as chief brand officer, and Kate Shevack, its managing director, will act as chief marketing officer...

ARC Group appoints new director of marketing

ARC Group Inc., owner, operator and franchisor of Dick's Wings & Grill, announced that Chris Perrella has joined the company as its director of marketing. Perrella brings more than 17 years of marketing experience to the company, and will be...

Menchie's plans grand opening of Chicago store

Menchie's has opened its newest store in Chicago at the intersection of Clybourn and Wrightwood. To celebrate the opening, Menchie's will hold a seven-day grand opening celebration Aug.

Menchie's raising money for Make-A-Wish

From Aug. 1 through Aug.

WFF launches campaign to advance women leaders

The Women's Foodservice Forum has launched the WFF 100K Strong Commitment Campaign, an industry-wide "call to action” to support the advancement of women leaders. "Women are significantly under-represented in C-suite and executive teams and we are asking the foodservice industry...

Jamba Juice will hold sampling event Aug. 6

Jamba Inc today announced it will give away free samples of its recently-launched, made-to-order juices blended with whole foods at stores nationwide on Aug. 6 from 9 a.m.

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