I Love Mac & Cheese opening 2 Florida locations

Boca Raton-based I Love Mac & Cheese, a fast casual cheese bar, is getting ready to open locations in Davie and Jupiter, Florida, according to a press release. The Jupiter location is corporate-owned and slated to open Sunday at the...

Verde to open North Carolina location

Verde, a fast casual salad and wrap concept that has four locations in South Carolina, is opening a location in Charlotte, North Carolina this month, according to the Charleston City Paper. Hospitality veterans Jennifer and Sam Ferrebee own and operate...

Saladworks opens first Atlanta location

Saladworks has opened its first Atlanta location as part of the brand’s expansion plan, according to a press release.

Dickey's Barbecue brought to Florida by local entrepreneur

Franchisee Peter Juris, is opening a Dickey's Barbecue Pit location in Aventura, Florida this fall, according to a press release.  "I have been involved with meat and meat processing all my life," Juris said in the release. Before he moved to the United States he owned the largest meat processing plant in Ecuador.

sweetFrog opening two locations in Reno

sweetFrog Frozen Yogurt is expanding its customer reach in Reno with two additional locations opened by multi-unit franchisees Larry Copponi and Gary Ricco, according to a press release. The pair has had success with two existing locations in Reno and...

Garden Catering to open in New Haven

Garden Catering is opening this August in New Haven, Connecticut according to a press release. The brand is known for its chicken nuggets and potato cones, while also offering fresh salads, wraps and sandwiches. "New Haven is a fun, vibrant...

Meet Fresh plans to expand

Meet Fresh, a Taiwanese dessert restaurant, is opening its second Northern California location, according to a press release.   "We are excited to launch another space in Northern California and announce further expansion in the Bay Area," CEO Johnson Fu said in the release.

Ono Hawaiian BBQ opens in Phoenix

Ono Hawaiian BBQ continues its expansion with the opening its seventy third restaurant, the latest situated in the Phoenix Valley. "Arizona continues to be a strong market for us, and it's exciting to see the positive reaction we've received at our Phoenix locations thus far," CEO Joshua Liang said in a press release.

Locali signs Florida franchise deal

Locali, a Los Angeles-based healthy convenience concept, has signed a multi-unit franchise agreement with Viable Foods to expand into Florida, . This deals marks the first expansion outside of California for Locali, according to a press release. Franchisee Roy Casiano...

Tropical Smoothie Cafe enjoys growth, success in first half of  2018

Tropical Smoothie Cafe enjoyed significant achievements and growth in the first half of 2018, and the brand opened 47 cafes and signed 113 franchise agreements. Tropical Smoothie Cafe experienced a 6.6 percent increase in year-to-date same-store sales, according to a...

Rush Bowls to open in Tucson

Colorado-based Rush Bowls will open late this summer, into early fall in Tuscon, Arizona, according to a company press release. "I believe that eating healthy should be easy for everyone, and when I came across Rush Bowls I really resonated...

NBA's Kris Humphries partners with Crisp & Green

Minnesota-based Crisp & Green is partnering with Minneapolis native and former NBA athlete, Kris Humphries, as the brand's first franchise partner, according to a company press release. Humphries, a former Minnesota Golden Gopher, will open his first location in Dinkytown....

Slapfish plans for expansion

Slapfish has aggressive expansion set for the second half of 2018, with plans to open up to 10 additional locations by the end of the year, according to a company press release. The 13-unit brand will nearly double in size...

Blaze opens Santa Cruz store

Blaze will open a 2,500-square-foot open kitchen restaurant Thursday on Mission Street in Santa Cruz,  California, a news release said.

Woops Newton location soars

Woops, a New York-based bakery, opened last December at 79 Union St. at the Newton Center, according to a company press release. Bruno Alves owns and operates the location, along with his other two locations. "I am excited to continue...

FAT Brands acquires Hurricane Grill & Wings

FAT Brands Inc. has completed the acquisition of Hurricane Grill & Wings for $12.5 million, according to a company press release.

Creamistry to open in Santa Barbara

Creamistry, a California-based chain that specializes in liquid nitrogen ice cream, is opening a location Saturday at 935 State St., in Santa Barbara, according to a company press release. Bilal Temel, who owns the Bristol Creamistry in Costa Mesa, and...

Fast Casual units grow over last 5 years

Fast casual restaurants have grown 6 percent annually over the last five years, according to The NPD Group. Fast casual chains increased units from 19,231 units in 2013, to 25,118 units in 2017, according to NPD's Fall 2017 ReCount restaurant census. "Fast casual continues to be a bright spot in the U.S.

Captain D's continues Georgia expansion

Captain D's, a fast casual seafood restaurant, opened a unit today located at 651 Forrest Ave., Rockmart, Georgia, according to a company press release. Asif Jariwala and Zaheara Momin will own and operate the location, bringing more than 45 years...

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza to open in Iowa

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza will open Saturday at 6305 Mills Civic Pkwy., in Des Moines, Iowa, according to a company press release.  "We're thrilled to open our second Blaze Pizza in West Des Moines," Paul McCrae, local Blaze Pizza franchisee, said in the release.

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