Menu-labeling expert's book a life-tested lesson in persistence

Betsy Craig, author, Unstoppable Restaurateurs, perhaps more than most in business, know the value of persistence and determination. But remaining persistent in the face of the most harrowing setbacks not only can deplete even topnotch leaders but also their businesses...

Shane's Rib Shack honors local heros

Shane's Rib Shack, based in Georgia with 73 units, is honoring its local firefighters, paramedics and EMTs with free meals from June 24 through July 1, according to a company press release. Participating Shane's Rib Shack locations will give a...

Blaze Pizza to open 11th New York location

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza is opening its 11th New York location June 21 at 11 Clifton Country Road, New York, according to a company press release, "We are thrilled to open Blaze Pizza in the Clifton Park community. Clifton Park has...

Pei Wei launches small plates

Pei Wei is debuting a dessert and two small plates that pair with its house-made entrees, according to a company press release. They include: Thai Donuts: Each order comes with six warm scratch-made donuts, fried to order and tossed with...

FAT Brands completes $8M in series A preferred stock financing

FAT Brands, a global restaurant franchising company that owns Fatburger, Buffalo's Cafe, Buffalo's Express and Ponderosa and Bonanza Steakhouses, has closed its offering of $8,000,000 of units comprised of Series A preferred stock and common stock purchase warrants. The company...

Pita Pit revamps loyalty, delivery platform

Pita Pit has partnered with LevelUp and Olo to introduce a revamped guest loyalty program, third-party delivery and a redesigned app for order ahead, according to a press release. "We decided to join forces with LevelUp and Olo in an...

Fazoli's grows presence in Arkansas

Fazoli's is opening its newest franchised location June 26 in Paragould, Arkansas, marking the brand's second restaurant in the state. The restaurant, located at 1515 W.

Meatless: It's not just for vegans anymore

NPD Group said data shows a clearly higher demand for plant-based proteins today, evidenced by 19 percent growth in cases of such proteins shipped from foodservice distributors to independent one- to two-unit operators and so-called micro-chains with three to 19...

Canadian vegan concept going global

Copper Branch, a Canada-based vegan eatery, is going global. The chain, which opened in 2014, in Montreal, has 17 units in Quebec and Ontario but is expanding to 60 locations across Canada, the United States and Europe.

Potbelly strengthens turnaround strategy with VP, CMO

Potbelly Cooperation has appointed Brandon Rhoten as VP and CMO, according to a company press release. Rhoten brings more than 15 years of experience in the restaurant industry and agency. Rhoten, as VP and CMO, will have oversight of all...

Teriyaki Madness sees growth in second quarter

Teriyaki Madness, an Asian fast casual concept that ranked 37th in Fast Casual's Top 100 Movers & Shakers, has charted rapid growth this year through the influx of new franchise owners, market entries and rising foot traffic, according to a...

Which Wich shows support for veterans

Which Wich Superior Sandwiches is using its annual Flag Your Bag campaign until July 4 to show its support for active and retired men and women of the armed forces, according to a company press release. Customers may write their...

The Lost Cajun to expand North Carolina footprint

After its success with its first North Carolina franchising agreement, The Lost Cajun signed an agreement to develop six additional restaurants in western North Carolina over the next four years, according to a company press release. Veteran franchisee Steve Galloway...

Orange Leaf cools down summer with smoothies, shakes

Orange Leaf, a self-serve frozen yogurt brand based in Oklahoma, is adding smoothies and shakes to its menu for the summer, according to a company press release. The made-to-order smoothies and shakes are made with real fruit and fresh vanilla...

Smoothie King launches prenatal smoothie

Smoothie King has partnered with Premama, a prenatal vitamin brand, to create prenatal smoothies for soon-to-be moms, according to a company press release. "Working with Premama was key in creating this smoothie from both a nutrition and credibility perspective —...

Pei Wei showcases redesigned restaurant

Pei Wei will introduce its first remodeled restaurant Thursday, at its flagship location in Las Colinas, Texas, according to a press release. The entire front-of -house has been reimaged with new wall graphics, digital menu boards, bright furniture and modern...

Jersey Mike's becomes esports sponsor

Jersey Mike's Subs is partnering with League of Legends Esports as a sponsor of the 2018 Summer Split of  North American League of Legends Championship Series.

Blaze opens Northern California store

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza is opening a location Thursday in Vacaville, a news release said.

Gyroville opening in Orlando

Gyroville, based in South Florida, is set to debut this fall at 10376 E Colonial Dr., in Reedy Plaza, Orlando.

Melt Shop expands New York footprint

Melt Shop has opened its seventh New York location in White Plains, New York, according to a company press release.

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