NFL clubs invest in Appetize

Appetize, a modern point-of-sale operating software company, has raised more than $50 million with the latest equity funding coming from 32 Equity, the entity that oversees strategic investment activity on behalf of NFL's 32 member clubs, according to a press...

Alaskan Olympian opens Firehouse Subs in Alaska

Firehouse Subs has opened its first Alaska location in Fairbanks at 950 Old Steese Hwy., under the ownership of Greg and Catharine Persinger, according to a press release. This is the first restaurant for the Persingers, who as fourth- and...

BurgerFi targets DC area for expansion

BurgerFi is opening in the D.C. area, according to a press release. "Our aim is to change people's perception of the better burger experience," Franchise Development Manager Graham Buckley said in the release.  BurgerFi holds a strong presence in the Southeast region and continues to see steady growth in the Northeast.

Shake Shack to open in Alabama

Shake Shack, known for its burgers and frozen custards, is set to open its first Alabama location Aug. 22 in Birmingham, according to Birmingham Business Journal. The Birmingham location will feature Big Bob's Cheese Fries in collaboration with Big Bob...

Wayback Burgers sees growth in Q2

Wayback Burgers has reported a solid Q2 filled with expansion and growth in pre-established markets. During the quarter, the chain, which now has more than 160 locations worldwide, opened restaurants in Birmingham, Alabama and Little Rock, Arkansas, and signed two leases for Pooler, Georgia, and Pottstown, Pennsylvania.

SAJJ opens 7th brick-and-mortar location

SAJJ Mediterranean, a Bay Area-based concept with food trucks known for Middle Eastern cuisine, will celebrate the grand opening of its seventh brick-and-mortar store Sept. 7, according to a press release.

The Gyro Shack brings 'Opa!' to Nampa

The Gyro Shack will open a Nampa, Idaho, location late this summer on Caldwell Boulevard, bringing a little bit of Greek to the Boise suburbs, a news release said. The location, operated by Franchisee Sean Kress, will feature indoor seating...

Tunity Audio extends its reach

Tunity, a technology that allows users to hear live audio from muted televisions directly on their mobile device, is debuting Tunity SDK for Audio, according to a press release. Tunity SDK for Audio gives any customer-facing business with an app,...

Shake Shack moves forward with self-service, cashless kiosks despite previous consumer pushback

Shake Shack is moving forward with testing of self-serve, cashless kiosks in combination with cashiers, and is exploring a mobile ordering app, according to the company’s second-quarter financial report. CEO Randy Garutti told analysts that five of the restaurants are...

Potbelly Sandwich Shop to open in Northwest Rochester

Potbelly Sandwich Shop will open its second Northwest Rochester, New York unit inside the Marketplace shopping plaza by late 2018, according to a press release. Franchisees Kirk and Kim Gordon, who are in charge of the Downtown Rochester location, will...

PizzaRev introduces royalty incentive program

PizzaRev, a Southern California customizable pizza fast casual concept, has released a royalty incentive program for prospective franchisees, according to a company press release. The "1-3-5 Royalty Incentive" program is available for a limited time for franchisees. For the first...

Yalla Mediterranean partners with Impossible Foods

Yalla Mediterranean has partnered with Impossible Foods to introduce restaurant patrons to a series of plant-based Mediterranean options added to Yalla's menu, according to a press release. Yalla CEO Michael Goldberg said the idea is to create cuisine that sustains...

Pei Wei making fortunes come true

Pei Wei will make a fortune found in one of its cookies come true for one guest per day through Aug. 26, according to a press release. To participants, entrants must: Take a picture of their Pei Wei fortunes. Follow...

Pie Five adds 6th Oklahoma location

Pie Five Pizza is opening its first Owasso, Oklahoma, restaurant Tuesday, on North Garnett Road, a news release said. Franchisee Brandon Birdwell also owns Pie Five locations in Tulsa and Stillwater. He said Owasso was a natural next step. "Tulsa...

Smoke's Poutinerie searching for candidates for amateur eating competition

Smoke's Poutinerie is giving five amateur qualifiers a chance to participate for their region in a poutine eating contest. Finalists from each region will square off this October in Toronto to claim victory in the amateur eating competition, according to a press release.

Fired Pie dishes out a little something different

Fired Pie is adding some decidedly non-pie elements to the menu with its new Mac 'N Cheese dish offering, with options to customize the hearty pasta concoction to the guest's preferences, a news release said. The standard Mac 'N Cheese...

LevelUp partners with Smarter Takeout

LevelUp, a technology distributor, is teaming up with Smarter Takeout, an online and mobile ordering provider, to bring restaurant partners additional options for increasing takeout, delivery, and catering orders. Smarter Takeout's partners can now attract more customers via LevelUp Broadcast,...

Cousins opening 1st of 40 units in Chicagoland this year

Cousins Subs is getting set for an Illinois focused expansion, beginning with the addition of 40 locations throughout Chicagoland over the next few years under a development agreement with Amit and Kalpesh Patel, a news release said. The Patels will...

Welbilt CEO resigns, interim chief named

Welbilt Director, President and CEO Hubertus M. Mühlhäuser will resign Aug.

Restaurants can now use Square to receive customer orders via Facebook Messenger

JoyUp, an AI marketing assistant company for food brands, has announced an integration with Square's point-of-sale system that would enable merchants to receive their Facebook Messenger orders directly, according to a press release. Joy interacts with customers on sellers' behalf...

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