Juice It Up outpaces rest of industry

Despite reports of significant declines across the restaurant industry as a whole, Juice It Up finished 2016, with a strong Q4 and an even stronger year overall, according to a company press release. The chain reported that same-store sales were up 7 percent over the previous year and its average unit volume was up 4 percent over 2015.

Chipotle switches ad agencies

Chipotle Mexican Grill is ending its relationship with its Texas-based ad agency, GSD&M, and has hired two agency partners to help with its marketing efforts. Venables Bell & Partners will take on advertising duties, and MullenLowe Mediahub was selected for...

TripAdvisor launches restaurant platform

TripAdvisor has added a feature — TripAdvisor Premium for Restaurants — designed to help restaurants attract, engage and influence customers, according to a company press release. The subscription-based product will give millions of restaurant businesses the opportunity to gain a...

Study: Q4 2016 worst in 5 years for restaurant industry

New data released by market analysts at TDn2K shows that the traditional holiday month of December was anything but jolly for restaurant operators, who saw their worst quarter of sales in more than five years, according to the research company....

Nekter's co-founder debuts 'Sneaky Spinach' book

Nick didn't want to eat his vegetables, but Sneaky Spinach set out to rectify his eating habits and ended up teaching Nick some valuable lessons about healthy eating. That's the premise of Alexis Schulze's first book, Sneaky Spinach. Schulze, co-founder...

Fuddruckers, TravelCenters of America open in Nevada

After signing a franchise agreement last year, Fuddruckers and TravelCenters of America opened a combined venture this week at truck stop, convenience center and casino in Sparks, Nevada, according to a news release. "With nearly 80 years of combined experience...

Dickey's expands in the Northeast

Southern barbecue concept Dickey's Barbecue Pit is pushing north, according to a press release. The chain signed agreements with owners and operators in Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware to open new locations.

Wahlburgers to open 100 units in Asia

Wahlburgers has signed an agreement with Cachet Hospitality Group to soon open restaurants in the Chinese cities of Hangzhou, Wuhan and Shanghai, according to a press release. In fact, Cachet made deals with World Packaging Center in Hangzhou, Naked Hub...

Captain D's names CMO

Captain D's has named former Papa John's, Arby's and Pizza Hut marketing executive, Bob Kraut to its top marketing spot, according to a news release. As the chain's CMO, Kraut will oversee marketing strategies for the brand. "Bob brings more...

Cowboy Chicken signs 14-unit franchising deal

When FRC Group went looking for a franchise partnership, the list boasted over a 100 concepts. After some research, FRC Group signed a 14-unit franchise deal with just one  - Cowboy Chicken. "I loved what I saw on the website, and ...

Order-taking goes virtual?

Call centers are a thing of the past at Restaurant Revolution Technologies, a San Diego provider of order management, call center and technology solutions for restaurant operators. The company, which specializes in helping brands manage and optimize off-premise takeout orders,...

Fazoli's ends 2016 with 15 consecutive quarters of same-store sales growth

Fazoli's announced today that it ended 2016 with 15 consecutive quarters of same-store sales growth and opened five restaurants. It also signed 11 franchise agreements to develop a total of 25 restaurants nationwide. "It's been an incredible year of growth...

Charlotte served some Grabbagreen

Grabbagreen debuted its Charlotte location under the care of Jeff and Nancy Adams of JNZR Investments, according to a press release. Located at 210 East Trade St. in the EpiCentre, an entertainment center near the NASCAR museum, the unit is JNZR's first of five.

Zoup spoons out soup in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh soup lovers can get Zoup soups when the concept opens in Fox Chapel Plaza next month, according to a press release. "We're thrilled to bring Zoup's award-winning recipes to the people of Pittsburgh," Franchisees, Richard and Jackie Cagley, said...

Meatheads celebrates a decade in business

Meatheads is celebrating 10 years in business with an $8 meal, featuring a burger, fries and drink, just as the same meal was priced in 2007, according to a news release. "It’s part of our ongoing effort to take care...

Jersey Mike's offers half off via new online ordering

Online ordering has arrived at Jersey Mike's, and customers who create an account and place their first order between Jan. 16 and Feb.

5 money-saving supply chain trends for 2017

Having a solid supply chain is imperative for restaurants looking to reduce food-safety issues and to keep costs low, said Consolidated Concepts President Bruce Reinstein. He believes the restaurants that pay attention to the following five trends will stay nimble in handling the operational challenges in foodservice over the next year.

Uncle Maddio's boosting speed of service with menu redesign

Uncle Maddio's Pizza has gone back to the drawing board — literally — to introduce a menu redesign as well as new menu items to maximize operations, expedite speed of service and highlight flavor-forward offerings. The redesign will simplify the...

Group forms to set supply chain best practices

The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association is joining forces with food industry management consultancy, Kinetic12, to develop a set of best practices for foodservice supply chain optimization, according to a news release. The two will build off of IFMA's existing Operator...

Panera's menu goes 100% clean

Panera Bread announced today that its entire US food menu and portfolio of Panera at Home products are now free from flavors, preservatives, sweeteners and colors from artificial sources as defined by the company's No No List. It includes 96...

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