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.

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Menchie's raising money for Make-A-Wish

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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.

Johnny Rockets appoints new CMO

Johnny Rockets recently announced the appointment of Joel Bulger as Chief Marketing Officer. Bulger brings 20 years of experience in marketing and brand development to the role. Prior to joining Johnny Rockets, Bulger held leadership positions with Church's Chicken, Olive...

Da Lobsta food truck rolls through Chicago July 31

The Da Lobsta Food Truck will hit Chicago-area roads on July 31, just ahead of National Sandwich Month in August. Customers can locate the Da Lobsta Food Truck by following its whereabouts on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #FindDaLobsta...

Buffalo Wild Wings posts same-store sales growth in Q2

Buffalo Wild Wings posted increased same-store sales increases of 7.7 percent at company-owned restaurants and 6.5 percent at franchised restaurants for the second quarter of 2014. Company-owned restaurant sales grew 20.2 percent to $343.1 million. "We're pleased with our strong...

Green Beans Coffee opening at Pittsburgh International Airport

Green Beans Coffee Company recently announced its opening in Concourse A of the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). The restaurant is its first location in Pennsylvania. The café offers made-to-order drinks, breakfast items, baked goods, specialty sandwiches, salads, fruit smoothies and...

Webinar will introduce beacon, geo-fencing basics for restaurants

Beacons can be powerful tools for reaching customers right outside a restaurant's front door, and getting them through the front door. A free live webinar sponsored by Splick.it and hosted by FastCasual.com will help restaurants understand beacons and geo-fencing and...

Fresh To Order intros mobile payments, loyalty app

Fresh To Order has introduced a new mobile app that allows guests to pay for their meals and earn rewards. The Fresh To Order App is now available through the Apple App Store and Google Play for iOS and Android platforms. For a limited time, guests can get a $3 credit at sign-up and earn an additional $2 credit by referring a friend.

Buffalo's offers half-off Death Valley wings

Buffalo's and participating Buffalo's Express locations plan to mark National Chicken Wing Day today by offering half off Death Valley wings. Participating Buffalo's Express locations include: Chula Vista (555 Broadway, # 1019, Chula Vista, CA 91910), Murray Hill (509 3rd...

Jimmy John's donates $1 million to families of fallen, disabled soldiers

Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches announced today it is donating $1 million to benefit families of America's fallen and disabled military service men and women through the Folds of Honor Foundation. Jimmy John's will make the donation on Sept. 13 at...

Falafill joins Chicago's The NOSH with pop-up storefront

Falafill has joined The NOSH Chicago and will serve lunch at a pop-up storefront on The Plaza each Friday. The NOSH will be held each Friday from 11 a.m.

Fazoli's offering free lasagna for National Lasagna Day July 29

Fazoli's will give away its Twice-Baked Lasagna on July 29 in recognition of National Lasagna Day. Customers who visit a participating Fazoli's that day and order Twice-Baked Lasagna will receive a coupon for a Free Twice-Baked Lasagna with the purchase...

McAlister's Deli offering anniversary tumbler, sweepstakes

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, McAlister's Deli will offer new tumbers for purchase at participating stores nationwide. Customers can also enter McAlister's 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes for a chance to win $25 gift cards and the grand prize, a trip...

Chipotle announces Cultivate Dallas-Ft. Worth lineup

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced today its chef and music line-up for Cultivate Dallas-Ft. Worth, scheduled for Oct.18 at Lake Carolyn near Irving, Texas.

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