Fatburger opening in Scotland

Fatburger and Buffalo's Express are opening three co-branded units across Scotland in the next five years, the first of which is planned for Dundee, according to a company press release. The brands' parent company, FAT Brands, announced today that it...

Fazoli's ends 2017 with growth spurt

The end of 2017 was all about growth at Fazoli's. It signed six agreements to develop a total of 15 restaurants nationwide and also opened five restaurants — most recently in Connecticut, Texas, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. On the...

Tropical Smoothie Cafe opens 101 units in 2017

Tropical Smoothie Cafe beat its 2017 goal of opening 100 units by one. The chain, which hit 101 openings to end the year with 630 locations, also signed 187 agreements to grow its footprint in markets nationwide.

The Pizza Press presses toward 300 units by 2020

With 84 franchise units in its pocket, The Pizza Press is continuing its growth this year with plans for 50 openings, while awarding 25-30 more through strategic franchise partnerships. "It was important to us that 2017 was a year composed...

R Taco adds 2 franchise partners

R Taco, a fast casual street taco chain backed by Buffalo Wild Wings, announced today the addition of two franchise groups. The agreements will result in seven locations across Arizona, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, according to a company press release....

Modern Market opening on Notre Dame campus

Modern Market opened its first university campus location this week in the Duncan Student Center at the University of Notre Dame. The newest restaurant makes 27 total units for the company, according to a company press release. "This location is...

Maui Wowi inks deals to open 8 units

Maui Wowi has announced four partnerships to open eight units in high-traffic venues in Alabama, California, Florida and Texas, according to a company press release. With the latest partnerships, the brand will be a fixture on the campuses of Texas...

Blaze Pizza opening NY, California and Illinois locations

Thursday is a big day for Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza when the chain opens the doors to three units across the country.

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...

Rush Bowls to open 6 in Tempe, Denver

Rush Bowls has signed a multi-unit franchise development deal for three restaurants in greater Tempe, Arizona, and an additional three locations in Denver, Colorado. A news release said they are the first locations for each city.  The brand's first franchisee-owned location opened in Nashville in July.

Toast partners with SpeedETab to offer white label app

Restaurant technology providers Toast and SpeedETab have partnered to offer restauranteurs a white label app solution with order-ahead technology. "In our Toast Restaurant Technology in 2017 Report, we found that only 22 percent of restaurants offer a mobile pay or...

PJ's Coffee creates Mardi Gras-inspired drinks

PJ's Coffee of New Orleans is kicking off the Mardi Gras season with a king cake-flavored skinny protein velvet ice, along with its king cake lattes, hot coffee and cold brews. The LTOs are available through February. The king cake...

Little Big Burger adds online ordering, cryptocurrency-based loyalty program

Little Big Burger has added online ordering at all 12 of its locations, according to a company press release. The company also announced it has expanded stores hours in three Little Big Burger locations in Portland, Oregon, that are now...

Bareburger names chef for all-vegan concept

Bareburger has found a chef for the all-vegan restaurant it's launching this year in New York City. Chef Vegicano (Rudy Ramos), a former musician by trade and a vegan for more 14 years, got his start cooking vegan food with...

Shake Shack shaking up travel industry

Global restaurateur HMSHost and Shake Shack are shaking up the travel industry with a partnership to open the burger restaurant in airports and on motorways across North America. The companies signed a development agreement to include multiple location openings over...

Food Hall opening in Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio will soon house the city's first r food hall in the 102-year-old Budd Dairy building in the Italian Village near downtown. This particular food hall — one of more than 100 either up and running or under construction...

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.

Naf Naf launching Naf Perks App

Naf Naf is bringing the flavors of the Middle East to guests everywhere on Jan 17 with the launch of its mobile app and rewards program — Naf Perks. To celebrate the launch, the chain is offering guests a free...

Slapfish entering Sunshine State

California's Slapfish is taking over Florida with its first location opening in the Sunshine State in mid-2018 in Orlando. Plans include 10 more restaurants throughout the state within the next five years, according to a company press release.

I ♥ Mac & Cheese launches franchise program

I ♥ Mac & Cheese, a fast casual cheese bar, is adding franchisee opportunities to its business model, which includes two corporate locations in South Florida, according to a company release. The first unit opened in 2016 in Fort Lauderdale,...

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