Chipotle is lone national brand not using additives or preservatives

Chipotle doesn't have any added flavors, colors or preservatives in any of its menu items, and is the only national restaurant brand to not have any, according to a press release. "Rather than switching from artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and...

The Chickery adds 20 Middle East locations

The Chickery has signed its first franchise deal in the Middle East for 20 locations in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, according to a press release. Saleh Al-Samadi, of the ALSAMADI Group's hospitality division, signed the deal with The...

Tijuana Flats opens first Sunshine State location

St. Augustine, Florida, will be the Tijuana Flats' newest home on April 3, according to a press release. The location is part of the concept's broader expansion initiative in the region. "As a company that is rooted in central Florida, opening a store in St.

Pokeatery announces toasty menu addition

Pokeatery is debuting its greatest menu item since sliced bread: toasted sliced bread, according to a press release. The Hawaiian poke-specializing concept added customizable Pokecado Toast to its menu as of March 26 at its two locations. "We're excited to...

New system uses data, cameras and sensors to improve restaurant operations

Revel Systems is partnering with Dragontail Systems to implement their food preparation process software and machine learning technology in restaurants worldwide, according to a news release.  The Dragontail Algo system optimizes the food prep process from order to delivery to save time and money, according to company press release.

With 10 million daily food deliveries, Meituan-Dianping a name to know

It may be relatively unknown in the Western World, but in 20 of China's biggest cities, the name Meituan-Dianping is as commonly heard as Amazon and Google. That's because in China Meituan-Dianping delivers fast food to just about everybody there...

Jersey Mike's Subs makes a big give to charities

The 1,200 Jersey Mike's Subs locations will donate all proceeds to charity on March 29 as part of its seventh annual Month of Giving fundraiser, according to a press release. The campaign will culminate on the 29th, the concept's Day...

Fat Biscuit offers up a free breakfast

Fat Biscuit will offer all its Lynnfield, Massachusetts guests a free breakfast on March 30, according to a press release. "We opened a couple of months ago, and we are so grateful for the warm welcome we've already received from the Lynnfield community," Chef Marc Phillips said in the release.

Couple expands Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Colorado

Craig and Dianne LeMieux, area developers for Tropical Smoothie Café, are leading an initiative to grow the concept in Colorado, specifically targeting Denver, Centennial and Colorado Springs, according to a press release. "The LeMieuxs have become an integral part of...

J. Gumbo franchisor sees significant growth

Gumbo Growth LLC has opened three J. Gumbo's locations and plans to open two more, one in April and the other in May, according to a press release. "Gumbo Growth LLC is delighted to partner with five very qualified franchisees and we're excited to see the opportunity that has resulted in bringing J.

Togo's opens additional San Francisco Bay area location

Ali Navabpour, an 18-year Togo's franchisee, has opened his second location in the San Francisco Bay area town of Fremont, according to a press release. "Togo's is excited to announce its newest restaurant in Fremont," Tony Gioia, CEO at Togo's Eateries, said in the release.

NRA to Congress: Full-steam ahead on Small Business Health Fairness Act

Although groups like the Consumers Union strongly oppose it, the National Restaurant Association today said it sent a letter to Congress giving its support to the Small Business Health Fairness Act. It believes the legislation will broaden access to medical...

Former Pei Wei CMO named president of Velvet Taco

Dallas-based Velvet Taco has named Clay Dover president, according to Front Burner, the chain’s parent company led by CEO Randy DeWitt. Dover, who most recently served as chief marketing officer for Pei Wei Asian Diner, said he had no intention...

Capriotti's readying first Indiana location

Brother-franchisee team Andrew and Ryan Bonnell will open their first Capriotti's Sandwich Shop in Indianapolis, according to a press release. The unit is also the concept's first in Indiana. "The passion that both Andrew and Ryan have for their community...

CoreLife Eatery partners with industry veteran

CoreLife Eatery will open 10 locations in Indiana with the help of restaurant industry veteran Melissa Rohwer, according to a press release. Rohwer worked in fine dining operations management for 17 years before owning and operating four Moe's Southwest Grill...

Beehive Kitchen opens in Ft. Lauderdale

Centurion Restaurant Group's newest concept, Beehive Kitchen, will open on March 29 in Fort Lauderdale, according to a press release. The restaurant specializes in customizable bowls of grains, vegetables, sauces and proteins. "My team and I are all extremely passionate...

Cowboy Chicken puts mobile pay into action

Cowboy Chicken announced its new app, available in the Apple App store and the Google Play Store, according to a press release. The app was designed by Boston-based LevelUp Agency. "The app is completely customized for Cowboy Chicken, taking into...

American Council of the Blind sues Eatsa over kiosk and app access

The American Council of the Blind has sued Eatsa, a fast-food chain that uses automated self-service kiosks and ordering apps, over insufficient access, according to a press release. Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a national nonprofit legal center, filed a class...

3 pizza concepts adopt Punchh platform

Punchh, a restaurant technology platform, added MOD Pizza, Pizza Inn and PizzaRev in the second half of 2016, according to a press release. The concepts join 75 restaurant chains including Pieology, Smashburger, Moe's Southwest Grill and TGI Fridays. "We believe...

Dillas Quesadillas opens another Dallas location

Dillas Quesadillas, brainchild of Kyle Gordon, former managing partner at Raising Canes, will open its second location in the Dallas area on April 14, according to a press release. The unit will seat 75 and will host a free community...

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