Tijuana Flats busts into Richmond

Tijuana Flats busted into Richmond, Virginia, urging residents to follow clues from a local radio station and social media to locate and bust open one of a dozen giant piñatas that popped up in locations ranging from Virginia Commonwealth University...

Main Squeeze Juice Co. inks 1st franchisee deal

Less than a year since launching, Main Squeeze Juice Co., a newcomer to the more than $5 billion juice market, has signed its first development agreement to open three franchisee-owned locations in the Houston area, a news release said. The...

Rise Biscuits going to KC

Rise Biscuits Donuts is headed to Kansas City via a five-unit franchise deal with franchisee Ryan Cook. He is plotting to open the locations over the next five years and is looking for real estate options in Missouri's Jackson, Platte...

Grubhub now accepting Venmo

Grubhub has announced the availability of Venmo as an in-app payment option for their diners. Diners purchasing food on Grubhub, Seamless, or Eat24 mobile apps can now pay with their Venmo balance, linked bank account or debit card. Once the...

Creamistry opening in Texas

Creamistry, a California-based chain that specializes in made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream using all-natural and organic ingredients with more than 60 flavors and toppings, is opening next month in Friendswood, Texas, according to a company press release. Located at 211...

Chicken Salad Chick expands Louisiana footprint

Chicken Salad Chick is expanding in Louisiana with its newest location in Monroe, marking the brand's sixth location in the state and 86th nationwide, according to a company press release. Located at 1191 Lamy Lane, the unit is owned and...

Veggie Grill hires 2 execs to focus on growth

Veggie Grill has hired two execs to help fuel its growth. Tim Welsh, VP of real estate and development, will be an integral part of the company’s development plans to double the number of its locations by 2020, according to...

Mama Fu's acquires Austin's Pizza to enhance both brands' efficiencies

Pizza or Chinese is no longer the question in Austin, Texas, where two brands are joining forces to offer customers some of both. According to the Austin-American Statesman, the 24-location Mama Fu's Asian House will acquire the 14-unit Austin's Pizza in a deal to be closed Wednesday.  Austin's Pizza owner J.D.

Bridg acquires Relevant Mobile

Bridg, a Los-Angeles based technology company that enables data-driven marketing based on individual buying behavior, has acquired Relevant Mobile, a POS-integrated mobile app, loyalty and rewards program developer, according to a company release. Gerrine Pan and Dazhi Chen, Relevant Mobile...

Punchh raises $20M to enter retail markets, partners with Gusto

Punchh, a digital marketing company specializing in the restaurant industry, has raised $20 million in funding to break into vertical markets outside the industry and to roll out predictive marketing capabilities using AI and machine learning, according to a company...

Your Pie taking on five new markets by end of Q2

After breaking into three new markets in Q1 this year, Your Pie leadership said the 10-year-old chain expects to add another five cities in Q2, which ends June 30. "We have a vision to see Your Pie expand its reach...

Study: Fast casual delivery customers prefer to order via restaurant over third-party aggregates

A majority of delivery customers prefer to order directly from a restaurant website or app than from third-party aggregators, according to the Delivery Index, a study by self-service ordering and customer engagement company, Tillster and the research firm, SSI, a...

Tropical Smoothie Cafe destroyed by Hurricane Harvey celebrating reopening

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is reopening one of its units destroyed last year by Hurricane Harvey. The Rockport, Texas cafe, owned by franchisee Pam Farley, is celebrating Monday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and guests will have the opportunity to donate to...

CEOs of Blaze Pizza, Huey Magoo's join Pincho Factory's board of directors

Pincho Factory has appointed Jim Mizes, CEO of Blaze Pizza, and Andy Howard, CEO of Huey Magoo's, to its board of directors, a news release said. "It is a distinct honor to add these highly respected and valued members in...

Menu inflation driving increase in Canada's foodservice sales

It appears Canada's commercial foodservice sales are on the rise. They'll increase 4.6 percent to a record $71.5 billion, which follows a 5.3 percent increase in 2017, according to Restaurants Canada's latest forecast. That's not the whole story, however, since...

Mod Pizza promotes 3 executives

Mod Pizza has promoted COO Paul Twohig to president and COO, Megan Hansen to senior vice president of people and Lisa Luebeck to senior vice president of legal and general counsel, a news release said. "Each of them has been...

8-month program immerses chefs in Japanese food culture

Non-Japanese chefs who want to learn the country's cuisine and sushi preparation are getting a rare chance to do so through an eight-month program through the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. It even picks up most travel, training...

Fazoli's franchisees break 12 growth records

Fazoli's announced this week 12 franchise sales records at its franchisee-owned restaurants during the first quarter of 2018, with plans to open up to seven additional locations. Additionally, Fazoli's experienced its most successful grand opening of a new restaurant in...

Snappy Salads saves environment from 1.3M plastic straws

Legislators and environmentalists across the country are calling for awareness around plastic straws and the detrimental effects on landfills and coastlines. The no-plastic movement has grown steadily in recent years, gaining momentum following a viral video that featured a sea...

Potbelly Sandwich Shop opens catering kitchen in Plano, Texas

Potbelly Sandwich Shop in Plano, Texas, has opened a catering kitchen — the chain's third, according to a press release. Others are in Chicago and northern Virginia. The Plano location will service the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where Potbelly has 37...

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