Impossible Burger making international debut in Hong Kong

Several Hong Kong-based restaurants, including Little Bao, Happy Paradise, and Beef & Liberty, will be the first international brands to debut the Impossible Burger, a plant-based burger that mimics the flavor of beef, created by Impossible Foods, a news release...

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...

Dog Haus to open first East Coast franchise location in Bethesda, Maryland

Dog Haus will open its first franchise location on the East Coast in Bethesda, Maryland, on Friday, April 13, according to a press release. The store at 7904 Woodmont Ave. will be franchisee Faizan Khan's first location with the brand....

Paytronix app gives brands more control over mobile experience

Paytronix Systems Inc., a provider of mobile loyalty and online ordering applications, as well as mobile payment and digital communications tools, has announced the next version of its branded mobile app with native online ordering, a self-service content management system...

McAlister's Deli names Joe Guith brand president

McAlister's Deli has named Joe Guith brand president, according to a press release. Guith joined Focus Brands, parent company to McAlister's Deli, in 2014 as chief operating officer for Cinnabon, and assumed the role of brand president in 2015. In...

Fork & Salad signs franchising agreement with Fransmart

Fork & Salad, a health food fast casual based in Maui, has partnered with Fransmart to bring its concept from the Hawaiian islands to the mainland U.S. The fast casual restaurant features more than 50 menu items, including salads, sandwiches,...

Coney Island Hot Weiner Shop to enter the Dallas/Fort Worth market

Coney Island Hot Weiner Shop, a 93-year-old brand, has entered the Dallas/Fort Worth market through a franchise agreement with Southlake, Texas based Coneylicious LLC, according to a press release. The agreement between CVE, LLC, franchisor of Coney Island Hot Weiner...

Nekter joins the 100 club

Nekter Juice Bar is opening its 100th unit Thursday and reported this week that it has surpassed $100 million in systemwide sales. It has 150 more restaurants in development and has the juice category's highest (AUV) of $837,263, Steve Schulze,...

Paninis now on the menu at Urban Bricks

Urban Bricks Pizza is adding oven-fired paninis with unlimited toppings. The menu offering gives guests the ability to build their own paninis with unlimited toppings or choose from one of four artisan foundation paninis, a news release said. Those four...

Starbucks launches Visa card to drive customer loyalty forward

Starbucks lovers have yet another way to earn stars at their favorite coffee place as Starbucks and Chase have launched a Starbucks Rewards Visa card that is integrated into the coffee maker's loyalty program. The card allows customers to earn...

Panera Bread recalls cream cheese after positive listeria result

Panera Bread has recalled all two- and eight-ounce cream cheese products sold in its U.S. locations after it found samples of one variety of two-ounce cream cheese with listeria monocytogenes, according to a press release. The popular national chain said...

Dr Pepper Snapple Group to merge with Keurig Green Mountain

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. and Keurig Green Mountain Inc.

Captain D’s converts Church's Chicken restaurant in Houston

Captain D's has grown its footprint in Texas with the conversion of a former Church's Chicken to its newest franchised location opening today in Houston, located at 5854 Hwy. 6N, according to a press release. The Houston restaurant is owned...

Pie Five launches cauliflower crust LTO

Cauliflower is certainly having its moment and Pie Five is seizing that moment with a new cauliflower crust available until Feb. 11, a news release said.  "Cauliflower is exploding in popularity due to its taste and amazing health benefits," Marketing Vice President Christina Coy said in a news release about the new offering.

Soulman's Bar-B-Que offering vegetarian-friendly menu options

There are 7.3 million people in the United States who are vegetarians, and Soulman's Bar-B-Que has added some menu items to help make it easier for them to enjoy southern cuisine. "It's important to us that our restaurants offer menu...

Smoke's Poutinerie does Thanksgiving Canadian-style

Smoke's Pourtinerie may have very Canadian roots, but it shares a continent with the U.S., so why not share the American holiday of Thanksgiving, too? That's the idea behind the return of the chain's rendition of the horn of plenty...

Coffee chains proliferate ... especially in Juneau

NPD Group said a recent restaurant census found that there were 33,129 gourmet coffee shops in the U.S., a 2 percent increase in units from last year. That's in addition to coffee served at restaurants and other food service outlets, the data company said.

Amazon Restaurants, Olo partner for seamless customer ordering experience

Amazon Restaurants is teaming up with restaurant digital ordering provider,Olo, to integrate Olo clients into the Amazon marketplace. The effort will enable thousands of Olo customers to list menus on the Amazon Restaurants marketplace and receive orders directly into their...

Impossible Burger making New England debut at Clover Food Lab

The plant-based burger made by Impossible Foods is making its Massachusetts debut Saturday at Clover Food Lab, a food truck-turned-fast casual created by Ayr Muir, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University alum. Clover's goal is to decrease the...

Juice It Up! to open two California locations under veteran franchise agreement

Juice It Up!, a raw juice bar and hand-crafted smoothie chain, will open two additional locations in the Inland Empire under a franchise agreement with Marine Corps veteran Ken Hardy and his wife, Kristina. Hardy was eligible for Juice It...

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