Impossible Burger making New England debut at Clover Food Lab

The plant-based burger made by Impossible Foods is making its Massachusetts debut Saturday at Clover Food Lab, a food truck-turned-fast casual created by Ayr Muir, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University alum. Clover's goal is to decrease the...

Slapfish opening next month in Albuquerque

Slapfish is opening next month in Albuquerque. Launching right before the International Balloon Fiesta, the restaurant's first location in New Mexico will host its grand opening on Oct.

Zoes Kitchen COO stepping down

Zoes Kitchen's COO is leaving the company, "to focus on personal interests," according to a company press release. Jeremy Hartley, who joined the brand in 2013, will part ways with it effective Oct.

Grabbagreen grabbing a piece of Michigan

Grabbagreen is entering Michigan, thanks to inking a deal with franchisees Michael, Spencer and Christina Raymond of Green & Go, LLC. The agreement includes exclusive rights to develop 10 stores in the southeast part of Michigan over the next five years, according to a company press release.

Impossible Burger on The Counter menus in California

The Counter is now serving the Impossible Burger, a plant-based burger made by Impossible Foods at all of its outlets in California. The burger, which "tastes, cooks, smells and sizzles like ground beef from cows, is produced without hormones, antibiotics, cholesterol or artificial flavors" and will be available in all U.S.

Report: kiosks not hurting restaurant jobs

KPNX-TV in Phoenix, Arizona, explored the impact of self-order kiosks on restaurant jobs and concluded in its report that there was no indication that kiosks were adversely affecting jobs. The report said research suggested that the technology could increase demand...

Can Pie Five deliver on delivery?

Pie Five Pizza Co. is is adding in-house delivery to all U.S. locations, the chain announced today.  "We were thrilled to learn from our consumer research that our fans would order from Pie Five more often if we offered delivery and online ordering," Pie Five Pizza Co.

19 chains signed up for 1st NRA apprenticeship

Shakey's Pizza and Firehouse Subs are among the brands that have committed to registering nearly 500 restaurant and hotel apprentices in the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship program organized by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. The first-of-its-kind program was jointly...

Drnk Coffee + Tea and Quench on franchise mission

Drnk coffee + tea and Quench juice bar — sister brands based in California — are expanding via multi-unit development deals for Long Island, Houston and Los Angeles. Construction is also underway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the first of more...

Boston Market serving US military in Puerto Rico

Boston Market is celebrating the grand opening of its newest restaurant at the Fort Buchanan U.S. military base in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Fatburger signs major franchise deal in Texas

Fat Brands, parent company of Fatburger sister brand — Buffalo's Express — has announced a master franchise deal to open 50 co-branded restaurants across Texas. "We are continuously looking for ways to cultivate our brand domestically and internationally, and are...

Billy Sims signing autographs at latest opening

Former NFL player Bill Sims, who co-founded Billy Sims BBQ, will sign autographs on Sept. 23 at the chain’s latest opening in Ada, Oklahoma.

Luna Grill receives growth investment

Luna Grill has received an equity investment from PWP Growth Equity specifically targeted to spur growth in both existing and new marekts, according to a company press release. "This investment will allow us to continue the rapid yet measured growth...

PJ's Coffee brewing national franchise opportunities

PJ's Coffee of New Orleans is hoping to take a venti-sized piece out of the $100 billion-a-year coffee industry, anticipating 100 locations open by the end of 2017. The 90-unit chain has been prepping for a nationwide expansion by launching...

Restaurant traffic growing in every market outside US

With the U.S. being the exception, foodservice markets across the world reported various degrees of visit growth in Q2 ending in June, according to The NPD Group. European markets continued their solid recovery, and Brazil and Russia — both mired in recession in recent years — came back, according to a news release about the data analysis.

Dickey's hopes to score with KC Chiefs fans

Kansas City Chiefs fans Sunday not only celebrated opening day with a win against the Philadelphia Eagles at Arrowhead Stadium, they also got their share of barbecue from Dickey's Barbecue Pit. "We are excited to have this opportunity at Arrowhead...

Pita Pit hires former Firehouse Subs exec

Pita Pit has tapped Firehouse Subs' former VP of marketing to fill the same role at pita brand. Doug Reifschneider, who is credited with growing Firehouse's marketing department from a one- to 16-person team to help facilitate its growth from...

GrabaGreen grows in Colorado

Arizona-based Grabbagreen has opened its third Colorado location, a news release said. The store in The Grove Shopping Center just north of Cabelas in Thornton opens Monday, Sept. 18, under the ownership of franchisee Scott Meier of Makton. Meier recently signed an agreement with partners Craig DeFries and Greg Smith of Smedium Inc.

Sweetfrog focusing on non-traditional units to fuel growth

SweetFrog Frozen Yogurt is in growth mode, securing 35 franchise deals as of Sept. 1, according to a company press release. CEO Patrick Galleher credits the company's increased focus on non-traditional models, including mobile trucks and trailers, and a strong...

Moe's Southwest Grill opening 700th unit

East Brunswick, New Jersey, will soon be home to the 700th Moe's Southwest Grill. "Last year, Moe's Southwest Grill opened 66 new restaurants, and the brand continues to experience growth in new and existing markets that wouldn't be possible without...

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