Rush Bowls inks Oakland deal

Rush Bowls has signed a development deal to open a location in downtown Oakland, California. Located at 350 17th St., the 950-square-foot store is slated to open late summer 2018, according to a company press release. "We knew we wanted...

The Hummus & Pita Co signs Los Angeles deal

New York's The Hummus & Pita Co. has signed a deal with Dan Markel, a Southern California multi-concept operator, to open five units in Los Angeles. Three stores should be open by the end of the year, according to a...

Blaze opens in Azusa, California

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza has moved into a 2,700-square-foot location in Azusa, California, on Alosta Avenue, a news release said. The Citrus Crossing store has seating for 63 and an outside patio.  Next Thursday, April 26, the location will celebrate its entrance into the neighborhood by giving free build-your-own pies to social media followers.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Rush Bowls heading to Indiana

Meals-in-a-bowl fast casual Rush Bowls will open the first of three Indiana-based restaurant franchise locations sometime this year. The brand has signed a multi-unit development agreement with 20-year-old Ethan White, an Indiana University junior who plans to open the three...

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....

SkinnyPizza squeezes into Connecticut

SkinnyPizza, a New York City-based chain that specializes in serving a healthier version of traditional New York-style pizza, is opening its first Connecticut location this week at 30 Greenwich Ave., in Greenwich, according to a press release. Joseph Vetrano, who...

Biscuitville names VP of people excellence

Biscuitville Fresh Southern has named Jess Williams vice president of people excellence, where she will focus on the company's talent management, organizational development and functional capability needed to support continued growth, according to a company press release. Prior to joining...

By Chloe lands $31M for global expansion

ESquared's vegan concept, By Chloe, has landed $31 million to open 20 units in the next two years across the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. The company received the funding from various investment groups, according to NY Eater. The...

Taboonette Middleterranean Kitchen awarding franchise deals

Taboonette Middleterranean Kitchen, a fast casual restaurant in Union Square, near New York City’s Greenwich Village, is now offering franchise deals, according to a company press release. Taboonette owner Danny Hodak has partnered with Gary Occhiogrosso, the founder of Franchise...

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...

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