Pokeatery gone fishin' in Texas

Pokeatery, a Northern California-based poke concept, will open its first location outside of California in Austin, Texas, before year's end.

Melt Shop signs 1st domestic franchise agreement

Melt Shop has signed its first domestic franchise agreement with 717 Food Group to open a unit next year inside Staten Island Mall, in Staten Island, New York. Founded by Spencer Rubin in 2011, Melt Shop has eight corporate locations...

Rising Roll Cafe set for Memphis expansion

Rising Roll Cafe, an Atlanta-based gourmet sandwich concept, has signed a franchise agreement for the development of three stores in Memphis, Tennessee. The stores will be owned and operated by Memphis native, Michael Black, who previously spent nearly 10 years...

92-year-old hot dog concept now franchising

After 92 years in business, Tulsa-based Coney Island Hot Weiner Shop is franchising. Founded by Greek immigrant, Christ Economou in 1926, in downtown Tulsa, the brand is seeking entrepreneurs to help it grow to 500 locations over the next 10...

Fazoli's adds to leadership team

Fazoli's has appointed three industry veterans to its leadership team: Jeff Sturgis as CDO, Rodney Lee as CFO and Jodie Conrad as VP of marketing. "The Fazoli's brand prides itself on recruiting and fostering the talents of some of the...

FAT Brands to acquire Hurricane Grill and Wings

FAT Brands Inc. has signed a deal to acquire Hurricane Grill & Wings for $12.5 million.

Buffalo Wild Wings upgrades online experience

Buffalo Wild Wings has unveiled a website that makes it easier for wing-lovers to see, find and order their favorite Buffalo Wild Wings menu items, according to a company press release. Boasting a 20 percent increase in website transactions since...

Biscuitville opens North Carolina unit with redesign

Biscuitville Fresh Southern opened this week in Walkertown, North Carolina. The restaurant, which is east of Winston-Salem near the intersection of Hwy.

Pie Five to touch down at San Francisco airport

Pie Five Pizza is set to touchdown at San Francisco International Airport when its newest location opens later this fall, which is the first California-based restaurant for the chain, a news release said.  Franchisee Jae Chung and his company, Gate 74 Inc. also owns three Burger King locations, including one at the San Francisco airport.

Hurricane Grill & Wings franchising fast casual concept

Hurricane BTW, a fast casual restaurant concept created by the full-service dining concept, Hurricane Grill & Wings, is opening its first franchise location next month in West Palm Beach, Florida. The West Palm Beach location, which is an evolution of...

Technomic: Foodservice operators challenged by slow Q3 sales

The restaurant industry landscape continues to be challenging for leading operators, according to Technomic's compilation and analysis of third quarter earnings reports. To date, approximately 60 companies have released their third-quarter financials with more than half reporting declines in comparable...

Chicken Salad Chick expands franchise development team amid growth spurt

Chicken Salad Chick has appointed Thomas Hipp as franchise development manager amid rapid growth, according to a company press release. Hipp joins Carrie Evans, who was appointed as director of franchise development for Chicken Salad Chick last year.

Tropical smoothie Cafe elevates digital experience

Tropical Smoothie Cafe has updated its mobile app and reinvigorated its loyalty program. Coupled with a newly designed website, the advancements were developed to enhance the overall digital and dine-in cafe experience through added convenience for guests, Rob Collins, chief...

Mendocino Farms names former Darden president, Yard house founder as CEO

Mendocino Farms, a Southern California-based fast casual chain serving chef-inspired sandwiches and salads, named Harald Herrmann CEO and also announced today that TPG Growth has acquired a majority stake in it. "I'm thrilled to be joining (founders) Mario (Del Pero),...

Chipotle exec: 'No link found between Chipotle and actor's hospitalization'

Although Broadway actor Jeremy Jordan said Thursday that he was hospitalized and "almost died" after eating Chipotle, Chris Arnold, the chain's director of communication, told FastCasual that there were no links to support Jordan's claim. "I, as you can see,...

Pret A Manger expanding in North American, European transport hubs

Pret A Manger has signed deals to open throughout North American airports as well as inside European airports and railway stations. Under the agreement, Rozzano, Italy-based Autogrill Group, which has more than 300 brands in 31 countries worldwide, will manage...

Captain D's expands in Texas, Missouri

Captain D's has signed two new franchise development agreements that will expand the brand's footprint in Missouri and Texas, according to a news release. "Throughout 2017, we have experienced explosive growth and development, opening new locations across the country and...

Bobby's Burger Palace opening 1st airport location

Chef Bobby Flay's fast casual conceopt, Bobby's Burger Palace, has completed its first airport licensing deal. The company is partnering with Atlanta-based Concessions Internationalto open a location next year on Concourse B at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. "This is an...

Wayback Burgers opens in Casablanca

Wayback Burgers has opened its newest store in Casablanca, Morocco. Franchisees Youssef Elmrani and Moutie Benhamza bought the rights to develop eight units in the area, according to a company press release. The business partners expect to have three stores...

Zoe's Kitchen CEO blames hurricanes for Q3 sales decreases

Zoe's Kitchen last week reported mixed Q3 results with total revenue increasing 15.7 percent to $77.9 million but comparable restaurant sales decreasing 0.5 percent. Those numbers included an estimated $1.1 million of negative revenue impact and a 0.9 percent of...

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