Charleys Philly Steaks opens 600th unit, plans 400 more by 2022

Charleys Philly Steaks celebrated its 600th restaurant opening last week in Lancaster, Ohio. The unit, 732 North Memorial Dr., is the chain's second location featuring its new menu concept offering chicken wings and tenders alongside its Philly cheesesteaks, according to...

Dickey's says aloha to Hawaii

Dickey's Barbecue Pit franchisee Danny Malabotis is bringing the Dickey's Barbecue Pit location to Hawaii, a news release said. Opening next month in Kapolei, the restaurant will feature Dickey's classic menu items such as slow-smoked brisket, a variety of savory...

Veggie Grill takes on Berkeley, California

Veggie Grill opened its first Berkeley, California, location last week and celebrated by making a $1,000 donation to the Berkeley Student Food Collective, a non-profit and collective grocery store that helps make healthy and sustainable products more affordable and accessible...

Montana entrepreneurs bringing Dickey's Barbecue Pit to Bozeman

Dickey's Barbecue Pit Franchisee Mark Jones and his fiancée, Laurie Zabawa, are opening a Dickey's location in Bozeman, Montana. "We are proud to have such experienced franchisees join the Dickey's family," Laura Rea Dickey, CEO of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, said...

Fajita Pete's partners with Circle G Partners to fuel growth

To fuel national growth, Texas-based Fajita Pete's has teamed up with restaurant investment company Circle G Partners, according to a company press release. The agreement will increase support for operations and maximize the power of both corporate and franchise stores...

Burgers Grilled Right opens Virginia location

Burgers Grilled Right is opening its latest franchised location this week in Reston, Virginia, according to a press release from Chanticleer Holdings Inc., the chain's parent company, which also owns Little Big Burger and American Burger Company. BGR, founded 10...

The Habit Burger Grill inks 9-store franchise deal

The Habit Burger Grill has signed a nine-store development agreement with Elite Flame Grill to open restaurants in eastern Washington and Idaho. The first locations will open in the first quarter of 2019, according to a company press release. "We've...

Fatburger, Buffalo's Express opening co-branded restaurant in Arizona

FAT Brands, parent company of Fatburger and Buffalo's Express, has inked a deal with franchisee Gregg Wright to develop a co-branded restaurant in Cave Creek, Arizona, according to a news release. Opening in late 2018, at 28255 N.Tatum Blvd., the...

Captain D's expanding Midwest, Southeast presence

Captain D's is expanding its presence throughout the Midwest and the Southeast, according to a company press release. It's opening three restaurants in the Detroit area; three in Tulsa, Oklahoma; three in Southeast Georgia; and six in the Chicagoland/Northwest Indiana...

Noodles & Co adding extra maternity benefits

Noodles & Company is making it easier for expecting mothers to balance work and motherhood, according to a company press release. Effective Jan.

Pizza Rev powers up franchise team, adds incentive program

PizzaRev has beefed up its franchise development leadership with the hiring of Ed Yancey as franchising director and Brian Durkin as real estate strategist, according to a company press release. Yancey comes to the chain from similar franchise development leadership...

50th Tokyo Joe's unit coming to Colorado

Tokyo Joe's is opening its 50th restaurant, according to a company press release. The milestone location is in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, at 3753 Wadsworth Blvd. To commemorate it, 100 percent of Thursday's sales will benefit the MC-1 Foundation, whose mission...

Zoup opening 2nd Pittsburgh location

Zoup is opening a second Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, location this fall at the Robinson Town Centre shopping complex, 514 Park Manor Blvd., according to a company press release. "We couldn't be more thrilled to be bringing delicious, healthy soups to Robinson...

Pokeworks inks first international agreement

Pokeworks is making its international debut in Mexico thanks to a master franchise agreement with Operadora Rau of Credian, a global financial institution, according to a company press release. The group oversees the daily operations of multiple brands including several...

Squisito back on the Eastern Shore

Squisito Pizza & Pasta has opened its fourth franchised location, this one in Queenstown, Maryland, under the leadership of franchisee, Martin Hernandez, a news release said. The chain has numerous locations across Maryland and Virginia. The Queenstown store is Monte...

Russo's Dubai store No. 7 opening next month

Russo's New York Pizzeria will open its seventh location in Dubai this October with an open-kitchen design and pizza chef station. A news release said the Springs Souk Shopping Centre location follows the brand's new design that accommodates take-out or...

Seoul Taco expands into Chicago's Hyde Park

Seoul Taco is opening this winter in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, according to a press release. "Following the success of our first Chicago restaurant, we've been looking to open in communities that would embrace the Seoul Taco concept," Chef and...

Salsa Fresca Mexican Grill sets sights on east coast expansion

Salsa Fresca Mexican Grill has set its sights on further expansion along the east coast, according to a press release. Company plans call for opening as many as 100 corporate and franchise-owned stores over the next five years, with targeted...

Tropical Smoothie Cafe launches franchise plan for Florida

Tropical Smoothie Cafe has announced its franchise development plans for the Orlando and Tampa areas and is currently seeking qualified entrepreneurs to open new restaurants throughout the two markets, according to a press release. "We are passionate about supporting our...

Canadian veggie-centric fast casual coming to US

Copper Branch, a Canadian-based plant-based fast casual eatery with more than 30 locations, is coming to the United States this November. The first US location will open soon in the Greenwich Village area of Lower Manhattan, according to a press release.  "New York City was a clear choice for our first U.S.

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