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Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Further Expands Chicagoland Footprint 

Fast-casual restaurant concept Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers® announced today the brand's plans to accelerate its growth in Northeast Illinois with the signing of a multi-unit development agreement to bring six new Freddy's restaurants to the region. Leading the new development in Chicagoland is veteran franchisee, Asif Poonja of JAM Equities. The announcement builds on the development success Freddy's had in Chicagoland earlier this year, adding 13 new locations to its pipeline for the market in Q1.

"The development success we've been able to achieve in Chicagoland is a testament..."

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Aug 23 1:00 PM, General News



Crave Hot Dogs & BBQ Enters Arkansas

Crave Hot Dogs and BBQ recently named best BBQ and Hot Dog Franchise by FranchiseWire in the United States. With 65 units across the United States and food trucks on the road they are poised for massive growth. Crave features Hot Dogs, sausages, and brats' with 20+ toppings to choose from. Pulled chicken, pulled pork, and smoked brisket are also available for sandwiches, sliders, and plates. You'll also find your classic BBQ sides, desserts and appetizers, Crave has it all. The self-pour beer wall is something the brand is also known for...

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Aug 11 8:00 AM, General News


Mendocino Farms Opens Milestone 50th Location in Encinitas

What's the news? Mendocino Farms, the fast-casual restaurant known for turning sandwiches, salads and more into an unexpected culinary adventure, is helping San Diego's North County residents fuel their day with unique flavor combinations at its newest location in Encinitas (268 N. El Camino Real). Opening on Tuesday, August 23, Encinitas is Mendo's 50th store, sparking a grand opening celebration for the beachside community complete with music, family-friendly activities and giveaways.

Why is this important? The milestone restaurant is part of a continuing effort for Mendocino Farms to serve more...

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Aug 10 1:00 PM, General News


Marco's Pizza Expanding Throughout Charleston to Meet the Demand of Local Pizza Lovers

Marco's Pizza, the nation's fastest-growing pizza brand*, will be continuing expansion with a new Moncks Corner location set to open at 2826 Hwy. 52 as part of the new Publix shopping center in November 2022. The brand is looking to continue expansion in the Charleston market.

Marco's Pizza currently has 11 locations open in the area and can be found at:

- 650 College Park Rd. in Ladson, SC
- 9500 Dorchester Rd. in Summerville, SC
- 1585 Central Ave. in Summerville, SC
- 1001 Bacons Bridge Rd. in Summerville...

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Jul 28 8:00 AM, General News


Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is Growing in Texas with 57 New Restaurants

Fast-casual restaurant concept Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers® announced today the brand's plans to further expand its Texas footprint with 57 new locations added to its development pipeline. The stores are set to be built throughout the state in markets that include Dallas/Fort Worth and several counties in both East and West Texas. This announcement comes on the heels of the brand's debut in North and South Dakota and adds to the development success attained since the beginning of the year.

As part of its overall...

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Jun 29 1:00 PM, General News


Chipotle Launches $50 Million Venture Fund to Foster Innovation

Chipotle is launching a $50 million venture fund.

Chipotle Mexican Grill is hoping to revolutionize the restaurant industry.

The quick-service restaurant chain announced the launch of Cultivate Next, a venture fund that will support seed-to-Series B stage companies that focus on increasing technology and innovation in restaurant operations and align with its mission to “Cultivate a Better World.” The fund will have an initial size of $50 million and will be financed solely by Chipotle.

The fund launch comes as the company is continuing its...

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Apr 20 9:19 AM, General News


Smokey Mo's TX BBQ Announces Expansion Plans Through Franchise Growth, Company Rebrand

Smokey Mo's TX BBQ, the authentic Texas barbeque chain with 16 locations throughout Central Texas, begins expansion in major Texas cities with a rebranded look as the company primes for franchise growth.

Smokey Mo's is executing a bold growth strategy, opening more corporate stores and franchise opportunities with the goal of adding 32 locations to the company by 2025. The company is focusing on expansion in Austin and San Antonio, followed by Houston, Dallas-Ft. Worth and the Waco-Temple-Bryan area.

"We are committed to growing our..."

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Apr 20 8:49 AM, General News


Shawarma Press® Named to Fast Casual's Top 100 Movers and Shakers List

Shawarma Press, the first authentic shawarma franchise in the states, has been named to fastcasual.com's Top 100 Movers & Shakers list. Selected annually from thousands of fast casual restaurants nationwide, the list recognizes the industry's most successful brands based on criteria such as profitability, expansion, creativity, and dedication to innovation, leadership, and resilience.

Shawarma Press co-founders Sawsan Abublan and Dr. Ehap Sabri will join other top 100 winners at an awards gala on May 22 at LondonHouse in Chicago. The specific order of the...

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Mar 24 8:00 AM, General News


Vegan Fast Food Chain Takes Flight - Opens No. 11 In The City Of Angels

Plant Power Fast Food, the country's fastest growing 100% plant-based fast food restaurant chain has announced the opening of its new Los Angeles location in the heart of Hollywood, California.

Located near the intersection of Vine Street and Melrose Avenue and around the block from Paramount Studios, this location features indoor and outdoor dining, plentiful parking, traditional counter service, a self-order kiosk, mobile order and pick-up, and local third-party delivery. This is the eleventh Plant Power location and a company spokesperson shared...

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Mar 18 9:42 AM, General News


P.F. Chang’s To Go Continues Florida Expansion with New Lake Mary Location

P.F. Chang’s today announced the opening of its second P.F. Chang’s To Go location in the Orlando metropolitan area, expanding its offering of iconic, wok-fired dishes with even more convenience.

Launched in 2020 as part of the company’s off-premise dining strategy, P.F. Chang’s To Go focuses on takeout, delivery, catering and third-party online delivery services for consumers on the go. Whether pressed for time at home, the office or anywhere in between, the new To Go format allows guests to enjoy P.F. Chang’s favorites their...

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Mar 16 1:00 PM, General News


PizzaForno Continues to Expand Across North America, Next Stop San Diego

PizzaForno, one of North America's only automated pizzerias that bakes artisanal pizzas in less than three minutes, has announced their expansion into Southern California. Accessible 24/7 at the tap of a digital screen, this revolutionary brand with exclusive distribution rights offers a selection of innovative menu options, each made with top quality ingredients, with an authentic approach.

Serial entrepreneur Jaco Duayhe will be launching five licensee units in Q1 to start, and is currently touring prime real estate locations ready for this fresh baked on-the-go meal...

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Mar 10 8:00 AM, General News


Jet's Pizza® Continues Expansion Plans into 2022

Jet's Pizza, known for its famous Detroit-style pizza, is growing its brand more than ever coming into 2022.

This year, Jet's has plans to open 30 new locations. They will be expanding out west and introduce Jet's in new states including Utah, Kansas, New Mexico, Washington, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Expansion continues in markets with existing Jet's including Denver, Colorado, Phoenix, Arizona, Austin, Texas, New York City, Chicago, Illinois, and Naples & Pensacola Florida.

"It's truly incredible to see the love for our brand grow. People appreciate quality and that's..."

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Mar 9 1:37 PM, General News


BurgerFi Selects Hughes to Support its Expanding Enterprise with Managed Network Services

BurgerFi International Inc. ("BurgerFi"), owner of one of the nation's fastest-growing premium fast-casual and casual dining concepts through the BurgerFi brand, and the high quality, casual dining brand Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza & Wings ("Anthony's"), selected Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), an innovator in multi-transport technologies and networks, to upgrade, optimize and manage network infrastructure and digital signage. The move will support BurgerFi's commitment to provide the best restaurant guest experience while continuing its aggressive expansion up the Eastern Seaboard.

"At BurgerFi, we are committed to..."

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Feb 24 8:00 AM, General News


White Castle Expands Partnership with Miso Robotics to Install Flippy 2 in 100 New Locations

Today, White Castle – the world's first fast-food hamburger chain – announced plans to further expand its work with Miso Robotics and install Flippy 2 in 100 standalone locations. The announcement is the latest milestone for the partnership, which began in September 2020 with the deployment of the original Flippy to a White Castle in the Chicagoland area. Following an upgrade to Flippy 2 in November 2021, White Castle's commitment to Miso's technology was cemented after seeing an immediate positive impact on daily operations and the...

 

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Feb 15 8:38 AM, General News


Ghost Kitchen Brands Opens U.S.-Based Wow Bao to Locations Across Canada

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Feb 11 8:50 AM, General News


Arby's to Launch in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Arby's, one of the leading restaurant brands in the United States specializing in high-quality meat stacks, today announced an exclusive development agreement with Shahia Foods Limited Company for significant expansion across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with the first restaurants slated to open in late 2022. This agreement marks the brand's first-ever entry into Saudi Arabia and largest expansion into the Middle East to-date.

Shahia Foods Limited Company is one of the region's premier multi-unit restaurant operators and the master licensee for Dunkin' in Saudi Arabia and...

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Jan 28 9:33 AM, General News


Checkers® & Rally's® Experiences Monumental Year After Successful Expansion on the East & West Coast

Checkers & Rally's, an iconic and innovative drive-thru restaurant chain known for bold and flavorful food at an exceptional value and its people-first attitude, today announced its record year-end progress for 2021 and accelerated growth plans for 2022 as the restaurant brand continues to reach new markets and expand nationwide. This past year, the company successfully executed 90 new commitments towards new restaurants, attributing 39 units to existing franchisees and 51 units to new franchisees. The company is expected to open more than...

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Jan 28 8:31 AM, General News


Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Opens First Airport Location

Leading fast-casual restaurant concept Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers announced today the opening of the brand's first airport location in the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. Owned and operated by Freddy's licensee and airport concessionaire Paradies Lagardère, the new restaurant marks the continued expansion of Freddy's non-traditional footprint and ongoing nationwide growth. In addition to its latest airport restaurant opening, the rapidly growing franchise concept currently operates in casinos, stadiums, malls, and on college campuses.

"We strongly believe that non-traditional Freddy's locations at major transportation hubs can..." 

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Jan 27 8:29 AM, General News


Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Announces 50-Store Deal with Plans to Expand Throughout the Southeast

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop announces a 50-store agreement with Richard Maddox, which will include expansion into the south with new markets in Alabama, North Carolina, and Tennessee, and growth within Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, existing markets for the brand. Additionally, all 50 locations included in the agreement will be constructed to accommodate a drive-thru, a first for the brand.

The Texas-based restaurant group is recognized for its Baja-style fare with nearly 150 franchise- and corporate-owned locations in 17 states...

 

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Jan 26 8:45 AM, General News


Popeyes® Brand Arrives in India as Part of Continued International Growth

Today, the Popeyes® brand and Jubilant Foodworks Limited (JFL), India’s leading food service company with a strong legacy of introducing and growing international brands in the country, are excited to open the first restaurant in Bangalore, India, in the city's hot spot of Koramangala.

“We are very excited to work with Jubilant Foodworks Limited to officially introduce Indian guests to the Popeyes® experience and our iconic Louisiana style chicken with its unique blend of spices and flavors,” said David Shear, President RBI International, parent company...

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Jan 20 7:56 AM, General News


Wienerschnitzel Franchise Inks 20-Unit Development Deal to Enter Arkansas

Wienerschnitzel, the world’s largest hot dog franchise, is proud to announce the signing of an exclusive development agreement with Tejas Dogs, LLC, to build 20 new Wienerschnitzel restaurants throughout Arkansas over the next 12 years. The Tejas Dogs agreement follows a separate 20-unit announcement by the brand in 2020 to develop throughout Louisiana and paves the way for Wienerschnitzel to further expand its iconic quick-service footprint throughout Southern and Midwestern states. There are already plans to begin building three stores in northwest Arkansas to jumpstart the development schedule...

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Jan 19 9:14 AM, General News


 

 
Odd Burger Expands into British Columbia with New Victoria Franchise and Provides Corporate Update

Odd Burger Corporation, one of the world's first vegan fast-food chains and the first to go public, today announced it has signed a franchise agreement for Victoria, its first British Columbia location, continuing its expansion plans throughout Canada and the west.

Franchisees John Bowker and Luke Ceraldi are currently seeking a site to introduce Victoria to Odd Burger's affordable, mainstream, healthy, and satisfying vegan fast food.

"Victoria is the ideal spot to begin our West Coast takeover, and our partners Luke and John are ready..."

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Jan 4 8:21 AM, General News


Shawarma Press® Announces San Antonio Opening in Walmart with Additional Locations Planned

More Texans will be able to tickle their taste buds with traditional and spicy Mediterranean cuisine, thanks to Shawarma Press opening within Walmart stores, the world's largest retailer. Based on the success of the first Shawarma Press Mediterranean Eatery & Café in Irving, rapid expansion is planned at locations in Walmart stores throughout the state, including Arlington, Plano, Georgetown, and San Antonio. According to Shawarma Press Founder and CEO Sawsan Abublan, the first location is now open at Walmart in San Antonio.

"We're thrilled that Walmart's curated..."

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Dec 27 8:56 AM, General News


Popmenu Releases Hot Restaurant Trends to Watch in 2022

Despite continued curveballs, most restaurant owners/operators are feeling either very optimistic (30%) or cautiously optimistic (60%) about their outlook for 2022 as they implement strategies that will change experiences for both diners and staff. To provide deeper insight into the current and future restaurant landscape, Popmenu conducted a nationwide survey of 415 U.S. restaurant owners/operators in October 2021 and compiled the findings in a new report filled with must-know trends, real-life examples and a few surprises.

Sample of Key Findings:

The labor shortage is starving restaurant sales…

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Dec 16 8:00 AM, General News


Crave Launches Food Truck And Restaurants In Raleigh, N.C.

Crave Hot Dogs and BBQ is one of the fastest growing Hot Dog and BBQ restaurants in the United States. Their award-winning all beef hot dogs, hot and mild sausages, and brats, along with the pulled pork, pulled chicken and smoked brisket, it's a classic family friendly favorite with something for everyone! An array of toppings and sides are available to accompany the meal as well as desserts to include pineapple upside down cakes and toffee sticky cakes. Self-pour beer walls that use local craft beers, wines and...

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Dec 2 8:00 AM, General News







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