Salsa Fresca Mexican Grill driving sales with food truck

Salsa Fresca Mexican Grill, with locations in New York and Connecticut, is rolling out a food truck program. The Salsa Fresca food truck program follows the restaurant chain's recent announcement of a franchise initiative, the goal of which is to...

Dat Dog set for Baton Rouge expansion

Dat Dog, a New Orleans-based franchise chain that specializes in gourmet hot dogs, has signed a lease for the first of three locations in Baton Rouge. Franchisee David Halpern and his nephew, Teva Sempel, are opening the 3,000-square-foot restaurant at...

Kitchen United attracts heavy-hitters to leadership team

Kitchen United — an on-demand startup spun out of the holding company behind Cali Group's Miso Robotics and the first application of facial recognition tech for restaurants — is attracting some pretty powerful restaurant industry talent to its leadership team....

Slapfish prepping for first Maryland opening

Slapfish is opening in Rockville, Maryland. The first restaurant in Maryland — and 13th location total — is slated to open its doors at 12055 Rockville Pike at Montrose Crossing, according to a press release.  "Maryland offers the perfect coastal location for Slapfish," CEO and Founder Chef Andrew Gruel said in the release.

Tokyo Cafe, Press Waffle Co, Not Just Q join Dallas foodhall

Foodhall at Crockett Row opening in Dallas this year has added four brands to its lineup. Chef Grady Spears and the teams behind Tokyo Cafe, Press Waffle Co.

Seoul Taco opens 5th unit

The fifth location of Seoul Taco, a Korean-Mexican fast casual brand that started as a food truck, is now open in Chesterfield, Missouri, the hometown of chef and owner David Choi. The St.

Slapfish goes raw

Orange County residents can grab seafood and oysters under one roof with the opening of Raw Bar by Slapfish. Founded by Chef Andrew Gruel, the creator of the 11-unit Slapfish, as well as food hall concepts Two Birds and Butterleaf,...

Food, beverage experiences top 'intangible gifts' this holiday season

Food and beverage experiences topped the list of "intangible gifts" that consumers plan to purchase this holiday season, according to a recent survey by the NPD Group.

Visa to award food trucks $10,000 for going cashless

Visa will award up to $500,000 to 50 food truck, restaurant or café small businesses ($10,000 per winner) that best answer the question, "How could going cashless benefit your business and what does Visa's cashless movement mean to you?" The...

Garbanzo breaks ground in St. Louis

Two St. Louis natives have officially broken ground on their hometown's first Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, according to a company press release. The unit, 8143 Maryland Ave., in Clayton, Missouri, in St.

London's Orange Buffalo food truck opening brick-and-mortar unit

The Orange Buffalo, having gained a following in London's food truck scene for its New York-style buffalo chicken wings coated with homemade sauce, will open its first brick-and-mortar restaurant in East London's Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on October 11,...

Sweetfrog focusing on non-traditional units to fuel growth

SweetFrog Frozen Yogurt is in growth mode, securing 35 franchise deals as of Sept. 1, according to a company press release. CEO Patrick Galleher credits the company's increased focus on non-traditional models, including mobile trucks and trailers, and a strong...

Nobly POS to demo mobile product with Star Micronics at Birmingham UK Coffee Festival

Star Micronics, a POS printer manufacturer, has joined forces with Nobly POS to provide an mPOS solution designed for coffee shops and mobile food and drink businesses. Nobly POS will demonstrate the solution at the Birmingham Coffee Festival, July 1-2,...

Equity firm invests in Torchy's Tacos

Torchy's Tacos — a fast casual restaurant that began as a food truck, has received a minority investment from General Atlantic, a growth equity firm, according to a press release. General Atlantic joins the five founding partners of the restaurant...

Korean food truck opening brick-and-mortar location in Brooklyn

Korilla, a food truck specializing in South Korean barbecue, is opening its first Brooklyn, New York brick-and-mortar location, according to a company press release. Founded by Edward Song in 2010, as a food truck, the chain has signed a 10-year...

The Taco Truck rolling into Philly

Bringing the flavors of Mexico to New York and New Jersey since 2009, The Taco Truck will do the same in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The state's first location will open Tuesday at the King of Prussia Mall, according to a company...

Biscuitville celebrates 50th anniversary

Biscuitville celebrated its 50th anniversary with memorable events and giveaways. The celebrations included a "Free Biscuit Day," a 50-cent sausage biscuit offer, and a food truck city tour that handed out over $12,000 of free biscuits to fans, according to...

Poll: Mustard is No.1 hot dog topping

Mustard is the No.1 topping for hot dogs, according to JJ's Red Hots Top 10 Hot Dog Toppings report. The Charlotte-based concept analyzed the previous year's sales data to find that mustard, onions, chili, relish, cheese, bacon, sauerkraut, cole slaw,...

Slapfish swims inland into 6 new states

Slapfish has signed a franchise deal to open locations in Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and Texas. Slapfish was nominated third in FastCasual's Top 100 Movers and Shakers list and won the 2016 MenuMasters Trendsetter Award by Nation's Restaurant News,...

#Getfried establishes first franchise location

The #Getfried Fry Cafe has selected San Antonio, Texas for its first franchise location. Former Subway franchisee, Craig Christopher, will launch the franchise. "With French fries being the No.

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