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Honeygrow Announces New Miso Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry for Fall

It’s time to cozy up this fall with Honeygrow’s latest flavorful stir-fry creation! The Philadelphia-based fast-casual restaurant known for its wholesome, simple, and made-to-order stir-frys, salads, and honeybars, is bringing back a fan-favorite, the Miso Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry throughout its seven markets in DE, MA, MD, NJ, NY, PA, and VA markets beginning today.

Delicious, savory and bursting with umami flavor, honeygrow’s Miso Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry is prepared with freshly prepared egg white noodles, roasted chicken, miso corn, caramelized onions, shaved...

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Sep 27 10:59 AM, Urner Barry

Moe's Southwest Grill® and Eggo® Unveil the "Eggo Taco" For National Taco Day

To celebrate National Taco Day, Moe's Southwest Grill® and Eggo® are teaming up to release a limited-time Eggo Taco. The new taco combines Moe's Southwest Grill's bold flavors with the crispy, fluffy goodness of the famous Eggo Homestyle waffle. A first-of-its-kind for the fast casual restaurant, now open nation-wide at 10:30 AM, the Eggo Taco features Moe's adobo chicken topped with bacon, shredded cheese and chipotle ranch served on a fried Eggo waffle as the taco shell...

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Sep 27 9:17 AM, Urner Barry

IHOP® Fall Menu Features New Waffles, Seasonal Flavors and More

Today, IHOP® announced a new menu full of fall flavors and a variety of updated favorites, including craveable Belgian Waffles, Hand-Crafted Melts, entrées and more. The latest IHOP menu innovations join the recently released Biscuits and seasonal Pumpkin Spice menu items to deliver delightfully surprising sweet and savory options for any time of day.

The new Waffles keep the batter that our guests love and add four new varieties with best-in-class ingredients, plus a Waffle Breakfast Combo...

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Sep 27 8:46 AM, Urner Barry

Panera Brands Appoints Patrick Grismer to Lead Independent Director 

Panera Brands today announced the appointments of Board Member Patrick Grismer to Lead Independent Director and Michael Tattersfield to the Panera Brands Board of Directors, effective immediately. The appointments are another step in the preparation of Panera’s upcoming IPO.

Mr. Grismer, who joined the Board in 2022, currently Chairs the Board’s Audit Committee, and brings extensive financial experience including nine years as a public company CFO at Starbucks, Hyatt Hotels, and Yum! Brands. Mr. Tattersfield is a highly seasoned, world-class brand builder, having led Krispy Kreme through significant growth...

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Sep 25 12:29 PM, Urner Barry

Panera Bread Introduces Crunch Time Ordering: New One-Swipe Ordering Solution 

Today, Panera Bread announced the introduction of Crunch Time Ordering: the ultimate one-swipe ordering option on the Panera app. Panera knows that many of its guests are always on the go and for those stressful, busy moments where mealtimes creep up on them, Crunch Time Ordering is there to solve their dinnertime dilemma. This new feature is among the first in the industry that allows guests to have their favorite meals pre-programmed to be ordered at a set date and time with just a single swipe...

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Sep 20 8:17 AM, Urner Barry

Chipotle’s Fan-Favorite Carne Asada Is Back on the Grill for a Limited Time

Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today announced it is bringing back Carne Asada in the U.S. and Canada for a limited time. The popular protein has been revered by Chipotle fans for years, and this marks the third time it is making a comeback to Chipotle’s menu.

Carne Asada’s Return

The legend of Carne Asada is real. Carne Asada made its debut in September 2019 as Chipotle’s second limited time protein offering and quickly became a guest favorite. Chipotle estimates that more than 10 million customers...

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Sep 14 9:41 AM, Urner Barry

Introducing Subway® MVP Rewards, a New Loyalty Program 

Subway today unveiled MVP Rewards, a refreshed loyalty program launching September 9 in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. The new and improved program gives Subway guests the MVP experience with more ways to earn, more perks, and more earning power as you ascend from Pro to Captain to All-Star status tiers*. Consumers can earn points by ordering their favorite sub in Subway restaurants, on or the Subway app.

MVP Rewards replaces Subway MyWay® Rewards. All 30 million MyWay members across North America will be enrolled in the...

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Sep 8 8:01 AM, Urner Barry

Eat Like a Champion with Little Caesars New 4-Quarter Calzony

As the Official Pizza Sponsor of the NFL, Little Caesars is giving pizza eaters and football fans the opportunity to draft the ultimate gametime meal that satisfies the entire team and their appetites. Little Caesars is putting its signature Crazy Calzony®, a pizza-calzone combo, back in the lineup and amping it up with a variety of toppings to create a product that has something for everyone – the 4-Quarter Calzony.

Fans can get their hands on the 4-Quarter Calzony for $8.99* as early...

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Sep 6 9:03 AM, Urner Barry

Fazoli’s Brings Back Fan Favorite Pizza Baked Pasta!

Fazoli’s, America’s favorite fast and fresh Italian chain, today announces the return of the beloved Pizza Baked Pasta to its menu for a limited time. Beginning Sept. 5, the classic dish will be available to order in three irresistible variations: Pizza Baked Pasta, Meaty Pizza Baked Pasta and Supreme Pizza Baked Pasta. Also included in the limited-time offering is Pumpkin Cheesecake made by The Cheesecake Factory Bakery®, a welcome addition to the dessert menu just in time for fall.

The classic Pizza Baked Pasta is back better than before, this...

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Sep 5 2:27 PM, Urner Barry

Subway® Rises Above the Rest with a Flying Footlong

Subway unveils the Subway in the Sky: a new dining experience onboard a blimp and a thrilling capstone to its latest Eat Fresh® Refresh launch. Taking to the skies on September 1, America can experience the heights Subway has reached since it began its transformation journey in 2021.

The vessel embodies The Beast, one of the new Deli Hero subs introduced in July that boasts a half pound of its new freshly sliced meat. Underneath the nearly 180-foot-long footlong, Subway...

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Aug 30 7:49 AM, Urner Barry

It’s Back to School Time with Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Dallas, TX (Restaurant News Release) Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is helping families enjoy the “back to school, back to busy” season with its Family Packs and Kids Eat Free on Sundays.

The hustle of the new school year has commenced, and Dickey’s continues its tradition of helping families around the country ease into those hectic school nights filled with sports, homework and of course, cooking dinner for the family. Luckily for barbecue fans, the Texas-style barbecue brand offers their guests a variety of Family Packs to relieve the stress of weeknight...

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Aug 29 2:15 PM, Urner Barry

Panera Introduces New Cinnamon Crunch Bagel Breakfast Sandwich and the Return of the Cinnamon Crunch Latte

Today, Panera celebrates its seasonal fall menu drop with the return of its signature Cinnamon Crunch Latte and the debut of the new Ham, Egg & Cheese on a Cinnamon Crunch Bagel, available at Panera bakery-cafes nationwide starting August 30. Priced at $6.79 – $7.79, this new breakfast sandwich brings together Black Forest Ham, scrambled egg, aged white cheddar and salt and pepper on a toasted Cinnamon Crunch Bagel for an irresistible combination to kickstart your morning. Panera also expanded its beverage lineup...

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Aug 29 12:29 PM, Urner Barry

Crimson Coward Nashville Hot Chicken Brings Premium Chicken Fare To Owings Mills

Crimson Coward Nashville Hot Chicken signed a lease with David S. Brown Enterprises to open at Boulevard Corporate Center in Owings Mills, Maryland. The L.A. based hot chicken franchise intends to open 25 locations in Maryland with an aggressive goal to open 200 restaurants across the U.S. by 2027. Maryland will be the fifth state to showcase the hot chicken brand.

Crimson Coward first launched in 2019 and has been a popular destination for customers who want quality hot chicken flavor. The brand delivers premium, all-natural...

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Aug 22 11:39 AM, Urner Barry

Calling All Trivia Experts! Chipotle IQ is Back in Session with 250,000 BOGOs

Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today announced it is bringing back Chipotle IQ, a trivia game that tests fans' knowledge of Chipotle's real ingredients, leading food standards, culinary techniques, sustainability efforts, brand history, and community engagement. This year's game will give Chipotle fans the opportunity to win one of 250,000 BUY-ONE-GET-ONE (BOGO) offers*.

How It Works

  1. Starting today through Thursday, August 24 at 11:59pm PT, Chipotle will offer BOGOs to fans who score a 10 out of 10 on...
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Aug 22 8:10 AM, Urner Barry

Why Didn't We Launch This Sooner?! Domino's Introduces Pepperoni Stuffed Cheesy Bread

Domino's Pizza Inc. is giving pepperoni lovers more of what they want. The largest pizza company in the world has officially launched its newest menu item – Pepperoni Stuffed Cheesy Bread – across all franchise and corporate stores in the U.S.

"Pepperoni makes everything better," said Kate Trumbull, Domino's senior vice president – chief brand officer. "Adding our No. 1 pizza topping to our Stuffed Cheesy Bread was a no-brainer. We honestly can't believe we didn't launch it sooner! Whether you enjoy it as a standalone meal or pair it...

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Aug 21 9:23 AM, Urner Barry

Subway Announces New Senior Leadership Appointments

After an exceptional 18-year tenure, Subway's President of North America Trevor Haynes has announced that he will leave the company at the end of the calendar year. Haynes, who joined Subway in 2006 as Territory Manager in Australia, has worked across several continents and held significant leadership positions during his time with the brand, including Chief Business Development Officer and interim CEO.

"Trevor has played a pivotal role in shaping the brand's vision, strengthening our position in the market, and enriching the lives of our guests, franchisees and employees," said John Chidsey...

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Aug 17 9:05 AM, Urner Barry

Subway Announces New Senior Leadership Appointments

Subway, one of the world's largest restaurant brands, has announced leadership transitions that continue to build on the brand's strong momentum and drive its transformation journey.

After an exceptional 18-year tenure, Subway's President of North America Trevor Haynes has announced that he will leave the company at the end of the calendar year. Haynes, who joined Subway in 2006 as Territory Manager in Australia, has worked across several continents and held significant leadership positions during his time with the brand, including Chief Business Development Officer and interim CEO.

"Trevor has played a pivotal...

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Aug 16 2:34 PM, Urner Barry

Panera Introduces Value Duets: More Cravings, More Savings!

Panera is excited to expand on its Value Duets pairings this year, with a focus on providing guests with delicious quality, value and variety. These flavor-packed combinations of Panera favorites are set pairings that are priced between $6.99 and $8.99 when ordered from the Value Duet menu. Featuring some of Panera's most popular menu items, there are a variety of different flavor-packed set pairings to choose from, whether you're a soup lover, salad enthusiast, or sandwich connoisseur. The Value Duet pairings combines a half portion sandwich...

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Aug 10 10:06 AM, Urner Barry

Johnny Rockets Announces Twenty New Texas Locations

FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc., parent company of Johnny Rockets and 16 other restaurant concepts, announces a new development deal set to bring 20 new franchised Johnny Rockets locations to Texas in the next 10 years with the first unit set to open in 2024.

The brand currently operates a number of restaurants in the Lone Star State. The new locations will open in partnership with Brame Holdings LLC, featuring the classic fare that put the brand on the map over 35 years ago, including juicy, made-to-order burgers and hand...

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Aug 8 8:01 AM, Urner Barry

FAT Brands Bolsters Boards with Three New Additions

FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc. announces the appointment of three new Directors to its board, Peter R. Feinstein, Matthew H. Green and John C. Metz. With the additions, the Board size will increase to 12.

Mr. Feinstein and Mr. Green will serve as independent directors in addition to being appointed to the Audit Committee of the Board. Mr. Feinstein is an experienced operator of restaurant and entertainment properties, including SHAC, LLC, Fatburger franchises, Sugar Factory, El Dorado Cantina and Country Star Restaurants. He is also a retired certified public accountant, having...

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Aug 4 8:18 AM, Urner Barry

Wingstop Inc. Reports Fiscal Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results

Wingstop Inc. today announced financial results for the fiscal second quarter ended July 1, 2023.

Highlights for the fiscal second quarter 2023 compared to the fiscal second quarter 2022:

  • System-wide sales increased 27.8% to $809.8 million
  • 50 net new openings in the fiscal second quarter 2023
  • Domestic same store sales increased 16.8%
  • Domestic restaurant AUVs exceeded $1.7 million
  • Digital sales increased to 65.2%
  • Total revenue increased 27.9% to $107.2 million
  • Net income increased 21.6% to $16.2 million, or $0.54 per diluted...
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Aug 2 2:57 PM, Urner Barry

 Yum! Brands Reports Second-Quarter Results

Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) today reported results for the second-quarter ended June 30, 2023. Worldwide system sales excluding foreign currency translation grew 13%, with 9% same-store sales growth and 6% unit growth. Second-quarter GAAP operating profit grew 4%. Second-quarter core operating profit grew 12%. Second-quarter GAAP EPS was $1.46 and second-quarter EPS excluding Special Items was $1.41. Second-quarter EPS includes a favorable $0.09 mark-to-market impact from unrealized investment gains and a negative $0.05 impact from foreign currency translation...


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Aug 2 9:26 AM, Urner Barry

Subway Achieves 10 Consecutive Quarters of Positive Sales

Subway, one of the world's largest restaurant brands, announced its 10th consecutive quarter of positive sales, as it continues to execute against its multi-year transformation journey.

During the second quarter, Subway broke brand records as it achieved its highest average unit volume (AUV) in North America for three consecutive months and, within that time, its highest weekly AUV in the company's recorded history. For the first half of 2023, Subway saw positive traffic across North America and significant growth in global restaurant same-store sales. Positive sales momentum continues to...

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Jul 26 7:13 AM, Urner Barry

Cater Your Summertime Gathering with Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is offering barbecue lovers across the country multiple pack options to help beat the heat this summer.

Summertime is the season for picnics, pool parties and family reunions. Therefore, Dickey’s Packs are a great option for your gathering of any size. With a variety of pit-smoked meats and fan favorite sides to choose from, Texas-style barbecue fans can now order the following pack options:

  • Family Pack (starting at $61.60) – two choices of meats, three large sides and six slices of Texas toast. Feeds four to six...
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Jul 25 7:59 AM, Urner Barry

Yum! Brands Appoints Former Walmart CFO Brett Biggs and Boeing CIO Susan Doniz to Board

Yum! Brands, Inc., today announced the appointments of Brett Biggs, former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Walmart Inc., and Susan Doniz, Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Information Technology & Data Analytics of The Boeing Company, to its Board of Directors, effective August 10, 2023.

“Brett and Susan bring deep leadership experience and proven track records driving performance and innovation for well-known customer-oriented and technology-centric companies, making them outstanding additions to the Yum! Brands Board,” said Brian Cornell...

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Jul 19 9:57 AM, Urner Barry

Chipotle Accelerates International Expansion Through First Ever Development Agreement with Alshaya 

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced it has signed its first-ever development agreement to open restaurants in the Middle East and accelerate its international expansion efforts. In partnership with leading international franchise retail operator Alshaya Group, the Company will initially open new restaurants in Dubai and Kuwait early next year before expanding further across the region.

"Leveraging Alshaya's market expertise will enable us to quickly gain access to these vibrant economies," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian Niccol. "We are excited to offer...

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Jul 18 9:41 AM, Urner Barry

Golden Corral Announces Dawn Gillis as New CIO

In its mission to remain an industry leader and leverage cutting-edge technology systems and applications to further establish itself as an innovator in a constantly evolving industry, Golden Corral is proud to welcome Dawn Gillis as its new Chief Information Officer.

A savvy leader with more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant, hospitality and consumer goods industries, Gillis is a respected leader who has proven to be a forward thinker while consistently delivering results. As CIO, she is tasked with leading Golden Coral’s digital growth strategy while modernizing its...

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Jul 7 7:50 AM, Urner Barry

Subway Elevates Menu with New Freshly Sliced Meats Highlighted by Four New Deli Subs Piled High 

Subway announces the arrival of freshly sliced meats in U.S. restaurants – its latest and biggest change since the brand began its efforts to improve every aspect of the guest experience, headlined by a better menu, which began in 2021.
To showcase freshly sliced meats*, Subway revealed a major expansion of its Subway Series menu with a new category called Deli Heroes, a collection of the ultimate deli subs. These authentic, deli-style sandwiches, ordered by name and number, will satisfy the strongest deli cravings...

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Jul 6 8:09 AM, Urner Barry

Papa Johns Appoints Ravi Thanawala As Chief Financial Officer

Papa John’s International, Inc., today announced the appointment of Ravi Thanawala to Chief Financial Officer, effective July 24, 2023. Mr. Thanawala brings financial leadership experience with global consumer brands to the role, including seven years at Nike where he most recently served as CFO of Nike North America, its largest division, with fiscal year 2022 revenue of approximately $18 billion.

“Ravi is a multi-faceted leader who brings a combination of strategic financial leadership experience, operational acumen and international expertise...

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Jun 26 9:07 AM, Urner Barry

Freddy's Launches New Pretzel Bacon BBQ Steakburger

Fast-casual restaurant concept, Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers®, announced today the launch of its new Pretzel Bacon BBQ Steakburger, Key Lime Pie Concrete and Very Berry Strawberry Shake. The limited-time offers are available to order starting June 21 through August 29 at participating Freddy's locations nationwide via drive-thru, in-restaurant dining, and pickup or delivery through the Freddy's mobile app and at

The cooked-to-order Pretzel Bacon BBQ Steakburger is made with two steakburger patties with melted American cheese, crispy bacon, sliced... 

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Jun 15 7:58 AM, Urner Barry

Smashburger Accelerates Expansion in Utah with Multi-Unit Development Agreement

Smashburger, the leading fast-casual restaurant chain renowned for its hand-smashed to order burgers, announced today the signing of a multi-unit development agreement to further expand its footprint in Utah, bringing five new locations to Salt Lake City. Leading the brand's expansion in the market is multi-unit franchisee Michael Walker of Zuvachs, LLC., who acquired two existing Smashburger locations in Salt Lake City through the deal. The announcement builds on the growth momentum that Smashburger has achieved since the beginning of the year, adding 26 locations to...

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Jun 13 11:41 AM, Urner Barry

BurgerFi International Inc. Announces Chris Jones as CFO

BurgerFi International Inc., owner of leading fast-casual brand BurgerFi and the casual dining pizza brand Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Wings, is announcing a change in senior leadership as Christopher Jones will be joining as Chief Financial Officer on July 10, 2023. Mr. Jones is replacing the current Chief Financial Officer Mike Rabinovitch, who is transitioning to Lionheart Capital as a Senior Advisor. Lionheart Capital along with its founder and the Company’s Executive Chairman Ophir Sternberg, is the Company’s largest shareholder. Mr. Rabinovitch will remain in his role as company Chief Financial... 

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Jun 13 10:58 AM, Urner Barry

Panera Expands Toasted Baguette Sandwich Offerings with New Black Forest Ham & Gouda Melt

Today, Panera announces the addition of a new chef-curated recipe to its popular line of Toasted Baguette sandwiches: the Black Forest Ham & Gouda Melt. Panera's line of Toasted Baguettes, launched this January, has quickly become its top earning sandwich and so Panera's chefs have unveiled a new creation featuring Black Forest Ham, Panera's new country mustard, arugula and smoked gouda on a toasted baguette. MyPanera members nationwide will have the opportunity to be the first to try the new Black Forest Ham & Gouda Melt, through...

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Jun 12 10:48 AM, Urner Barry

Smashburger Appoints Jose Miñana Jr. as Interim President

Smashburger, the leading fast-casual restaurant chain renowned for its hand-smashed to order burgers, announced today that Jose Miñana Jr. has been appointed as interim president of Smashburger in place of Carl Bachmann upon his departure from the company on June 30th. Miñana is the chief sustainability and public affairs officer for Smashburger's parent company, Jollibee Foods Corporation, and will serve as the president until the permanent lead executive has been appointed.

Miñana has over 25 years of experience working for the Jollibee Foods Corporation and has held multiple...

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Jun 9 7:56 AM, General News

Panera Launches Drive-Thru Pick-Up Nationwide

Today, Panera announces the nationwide launch of Drive-Thru Pick-Up, combining the ease of the digital ordering experience with the comfort and convenience of the drive-thru window. Guests can now choose the Drive-Thru Pick-Up option when ordering ahead on the Panera app or website to get their favorite Panera order at the Drive-Thru without leaving their vehicle. To celebrate the national launch, starting tomorrow, June 1 through June 30, any MyPanera member ordering Drive-Thru Pick-Up will receive $5 off any order of $15 or...

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Jun 1 7:05 AM, Urner Barry

When They Hit a Three, Burritos are Free: Chipotle Launches " Free Pointer"

Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today introduced a new promotion called "Free-Pointer" ahead of the 2023 men's professional basketball championship series.

How It Works

1. When a player in the series hits a 3-pointer, Chipotle will drop a text-to-win code via a tweet from @ChipotleTweets on Twitter.
2. The first 300 fans to text the designated code to 888222 will receive a free entrée from Chipotle*. The brand will give away up to 10,500...

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May 30 9:56 AM, Urner Barry

Panera Brands Prepares IPO with Next-Generation Leadership and Board Appointments

Panera Brands Inc., which includes the iconic fast casual and hospitality brand Panera Bread as well as Einstein Bros. Bagels and Caribou Coffee, today announced the establishment of its next generation of CEO leadership and Board governance in preparation for its eventual IPO. Current CEO Niren Chaudhary will become Chairman of Panera Brands, handing the CEO reins to José Alberto Dueñas, currently President and CEO of Einstein Bros. Bagels, effective July 1, 2023. Former Starbucks CFO and Independent Director Patrick Grismer will become Chairman of the Audit Committee...

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May 24 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Saladworks Mixes Sweet and Spicy Flavors in their New Summertime Menu Items 

Saladworks, the nation's leading fast-casual create-your-own salad franchise and part of the WOWorks family of better-for-you restaurant brands, is mixing sweet and spicy flavors in its new summer Limited-Time Only (LTOs) menu items. The new LTOs will add craft Hot Honey to several popular menu items during Q2, as well as bring back a guest favorite for the season, the Summer Berry Salad with their new Poppyseed Dressing.

The new featured menu offerings with a twist of sweetness and spice are available... 

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May 24 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Chicken Salad Chick Announces 8-Unit Agreement: Strengthens Brand Presence

Chicken Salad Chick, the nation's only fast casual chicken salad restaurant concept, announces the signing of an eight-unit agreement that will bring new restaurants to Arlington and Fairfax Counties over the next five years. The first location is slated to open in Spring 2024. This development adds to the brand's existing statewide footprint that boasts five open locations - Christiansburg, Hampton, Mechanicsville, Richmond, and Roanoke, with 11 more under various stages of development.

Behind the development agreement is Devon Chamberlin, her father, Patrick Cavanaugh, and her father-in-law, Barry...

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May 23 12:06 PM, Urner Barry

Blaze Pizza Selects Qu as Unified Commerce Platform to Support Rapid Growth and Innovation

Blaze Pizza has chosen Qu’s unified commerce platform to enhance ordering and operational efficiency across the franchise system. Qu’s cloud-native system provides greater order accuracy and kitchen fulfillment, reducing the cost of labor and food waste. These advantages, along with extensive data collection, will allow for greater cost savings and a better user experience, ultimately supporting Blaze’s plans for rapid growth. The announcement was made at the Cota Connect summit in San Francisco, hosted by Qu investor Cota Capital...

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May 19 8:02 AM, Urner Barry

Applebee’s Fan-Favorite 2 for $25 with Steak Makes a Perfect Date Night Match!

Applebee’s favorite two person pairing, the 2 for $25 deal, just got better. Guests can now enjoy a 6 oz. Top Sirloin for one - or both - of their entrée selections, paired with an appetizer or two side salads for only $25!* Grab your friends, family, or S.O. and choose from a special menu that includes two full-size entrées and a choice of one appetizer, or two side salads, for dine-in, To Go and Delivery.
Whether celebrating date night or going out...

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May 16 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Denny's Fan Favorite Super Slam Returns for Big Classic Breakfast Around the Clock

Denny's, known around the world for its famous breakfast Slams, has brought back the Super Slam, America's biggest breakfast. The Super Slam, which is a featured item on Denny's "All Day Diner Deals" value menu, includes two buttermilk pancakes, two eggs cooked to order, two bacon strips, two sausage links, and crispy hash browns. Available now through June 20th for $7.99 ($9.99 in select markets), America's Diner, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, has given their guests another...

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May 15 10:03 AM, Urner Barry

Denny's Hires Restaurant Industry Veteran Alex Williams as Chief Operating Officer

Denny's Corporation today announced the appointment of Alex Williams as Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO), reporting to Denny's President John Dillon. Williams brings with him decades of experience in the restaurant industry, having served in key operations roles with Starbucks, McDonald's, Outback Steakhouse, Fleming's Steakhouse and Moe's Southwest Grill.
"Alex possesses an impressive blend of operations expertise and restaurant industry credentials. As importantly, he is a collaborative, purpose-driven leader and has true passion for the Denny's brand," said Dillon. "Alex's role will be pivotal...


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May 9 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe Appoints Philip Parsons as CEO

Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe, the spirited casual eatery that spotlights the flavor, fun, and festivity of New Orleans, announced today that Co-Founder & CEO Jeff Powell, will assume the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors and has appointed Philip Parsons as the brand's Chief Executive Officer. Parsons has served as President since 2022 and previously served as CFO of the brand from 2019 to 2021.

“Over the past five years, Philip and I have worked to build a team to strengthen the business and set Razzoo’s up for accelerated growth. Philip...

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May 8 10:27 AM, Urner Barry

Wingstop Inc. Reports Fiscal Quarter 2023 Fiancial Results

Wingstop Inc. today announced financial results for the fiscal first quarter ended April 1, 2023.

Highlights for the fiscal first quarter 2023 compared to the fiscal first quarter 2022:

  • System-wide sales increased 30.4% to $821.6 million
  • 37 net new openings in the fiscal first quarter 2023, resulting in an increase in unit count of 11.4%
  • Domestic same store sales increased 20.1%
  • Domestic restaurant AUVs increased to $1.7 million
  • Digital sales increased to 65.2%
  • Total revenue increased 42.7% to $108.7 million
  • Net income increased 80.6% to... 
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May 3 9:29 AM, Urner Barry

Senior FAT Brands Executives Appointed to Lead Global Restaurant Franchising Company

FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc. announces Ken Kuick and Rob Rosen as Co-CEOs, effective May 5, 2023. As previously announced, Andy Wiederhorn will step down as CEO and continue in his role as Chairman of the Board, where he will focus on the strategic direction of the company, the allocation of capital, and ensuring the management team executes the Company’s business plan while maintaining quality restaurant operations.

Joining FAT Brands in 2021, Mr. Kuick, Chief Financial Officer, and Mr. Rosen, Executive...

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May 2 2:22 PM, Urner Barry

Papa Johns Announces Mark Shambura As Chief Marketing Officer

Mr. Shambura will report to Mr. Lynch and serve on the Papa Johns Executive Leadership Team. He replaces Anne Fischer, who departed earlier in the year.

“Papa Johns is the most exciting brand in the pizza category, with high brand recognition, an innovation track record and tremendous opportunity for growth in the U.S. and globally,” Mr. Shambura said. “By delivering on its iconic brand promise of BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA, Papa Johns has consistently set itself apart with its premium positioning. In addition... 

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May 2 9:11 AM, Urner Barry

Chipotle Launches Five-Day Cinco De Mayo Celebration for First Timers and Fans 

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced it is teaching new guests how to Chipotle just in time for Cinco de Mayo.

Chipotle 101: From Sofritas to Salsa
While Chipotle's makeline is iconic to superfans and regulars who can recite their favorite order from memory, some consumers have yet to discover Chipotle's customizable menu and real, fresh ingredients. The brand has taken notice of users on social media who have never tried Chipotle and are hungry to learn more. In December 2022, Chipotle posted a parody...

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May 1 1:07 PM, Urner Barry

Pizza Hut Brings Sirloin Steak to Restaurants Nationally for the First Time

Pizza Hut is introducing a new, craveable offering to its menu, Cheesesteak. The pizza destination is bringing grilled sirloin steak to a nationally available menu for the very first time, offering the recipe as both a pizza and a crispy handheld Melt. The two new menu items will be available at participating restaurants nationwide on May 2 for a limited time. Starting today, Pizza Hut's Hut Rewards members have exclusive access to be the first to try the Cheesesteak Melt when ordering on the Pizza Hut app...

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May 1 12:55 PM, Urner Barry

Popeyes Drops New Creative Campaign: We Don’t Make Sense, We Make Chicken

Today, Popeyes® drops its new creative campaign, “We Don’t Make Sense, We Make Chicken,” available to view here. The campaign brings the magic of the brand’s hometown of New Orleans to serve as the catalyst to tell a rich story about Popeyes culinary credentials. Leveraging the brand’s Louisiana heritage, the new spots focus on the slow, time-honored, homemade traditions of Southern cooking that contribute to the delicious crunch and robust Cajun flavors served to guests every day. From 12-hour marination, to hand battered and...

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Apr 27 9:26 AM, Urner Barry

Circana Announces Top 50 US Restaurant Rankings

Circana, formerly IRI and The NPD Group, has ranked the top 50 U.S. restaurant chains based on sales estimates representing each chain’s total U.S. system for 2022. In the 12 months ending December 2022, aggregate sales for the top 50 chains grew 5% in the 12 months ending December 2022, from $269 billion in 2021 to $283 billion.

The composition of Circana’s top 50 restaurant chains remained relatively stable compared to the 2021 list, with only one chain, Del Taco, breaking into the list to displace TGI Fridays. The top eleven... 

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Apr 25 1:38 PM, Urner Barry

California Pizza Kitchen Announces Launch of Domestic Re-Franchising Program

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), the creator of California-style pizza, announced today the launch of its re-franchising program as part of its domestic franchise offering. As CPK looks to strategically expand its presence, the brand is now open to partnering with experienced multi-unit restaurant operators looking to purchase existing CPK locations in select markets within the United States.

This announcement builds on the momentum of California Pizza Kitchen's international and domestic franchise openings last year as well as the launch of its domestic franchise program in...

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Apr 24 1:37 PM, Urner Barry

Walden Local Meat Co. and B. GOOD Announce Strategic Partnership 

Walden Local Meat Co., a direct-to-consumer share program that hand-delivers local, sustainably raised and sourced meat, seafood and dairy to members' doorsteps across the Northeast, and B.GOOD, an innovative, fast casual, farm-to-table restaurant chain serving wholesome food with an emphasis on sourcing locally, have announced that Walden Local Meat Co. will be the provider of ground beef for B.GOOD's hand-crafted burger patties starting today. This partnership further solidifies both brands' mission to grow local, New England communities and economies while providing... 

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Apr 20 8:01 AM, Urner Barry

Baja Fresh Adds New Smokey BBQ Dishes to Menu

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill (, the fast-casual fresh Mexican food chain, is introducing three new, flavorful dishes for a limited time. Beginning April 11, new Smokey BBQ menu items along with a returning favorite side, Street Corn, will be added to Baja Fresh menus nationwide.

Guests can now order and enjoy the following specials:

  • Smokey BBQ Burrito – BBQ chipotle chicken or carnitas, black or pinto beans, rice, roasted veggies, jack and cheddar cheeses, pickled red onions, and crispy tortilla chips.
  • Smokey BBQ Bowl...


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Apr 12 7:48 AM, Urner Barry

Chipotle Pilots New Responsible Restaurant Design Alongside Sustainability Campaign  

  • Chipotle's new restaurant design is all electric, aims to maximize energy efficiency, and utilizes 100% renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from energy use at these restaurants.
  • Chipotle is also launching a short film called "Human Nature," a new creative expression for the brand that explores how humans and nature can work together to Cultivate a Better World.
  • The company's 2022 Sustainability Report shares updates on Chipotle's impact, progress, and goals related to three categories: People, Food and Animals, and the Environment.

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced...

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Apr 11 12:02 PM, Urner Barry

Introducing Domino's on Apple CarPlay: The Easiest Way to Order Pizza on the Go

Want the convenience of ordering a delicious meal from your car, but without waiting in long drive-thru lines? Domino's Pizza Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) has you covered! The largest pizza company in the world is giving customers a new and more efficient way to order while on the go: via Domino's iOS app on Apple CarPlay.

Customers have two ordering options via Domino's app on CarPlay: "Tap to Order" or "Call to Order." Tap to order lets...

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Apr 10 12:44 PM, Urner Barry

sweetgreen Adds Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl to Its Menu

Today, sweetgreen (NYSE: SG), the mission-driven restaurant brand serving healthy food at scale, announced the launch of the Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl, a protein-packed all-grains bowl now available for in-store and online ordering across all locations for a limited time only. The new item marks the latest iteration of sweetgreen’s menu innovation strategy, as the brand evolves beyond salads to introduce a bowl without any greens, joining its stacked menu of rotating seasonal entrees and fan-favorite signature salads...

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Mar 31 8:50 AM, General News

“Alexa, Order Panera” – Panera Bread Launches New Amazon Alexa Ordering Experience

Today, Panera Bread announced that MyPanera members can now order via Alexa on Echo Show devices. Ordering with Alexa provides convenience for MyPanera members and allows them to order their Panera favorites via voice or touch—without having to open the Panera app. With this new feature, MyPanera members can simply ask Alexa to order their favorite Panera items for pick-up or delivery, and the order will be completed.

To start ordering via Alexa, MyPanera members will need...

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Mar 29 9:29 AM, General News

Panera Celebrates Launch of New Southwest Caesar Salad with Chicken, Return of Summer Favorite

Today, Panera celebrates all things salad, announcing the debut of its new Southwest Caesar Salad with Chicken as well as the return of its iconic Strawberry Poppyseed Salad to the menu. Both the new Southwest Caesar Salad with Chicken and the iconic Strawberry Poppyseed salads will be available at Panera bakery-cafes nationwide beginning April 5. MyPanera® members will have the opportunity to be the first to try the new Southwest Caesar Salad with Chicken, through exclusive early access to the item for a limited...

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Mar 27 8:31 AM, General News

Giant Food Debuts First In-Store Fast Casual Restaurant at Ellicott City, MD Location

Today, Giant Food, the leading greater Washington D.C. regional grocery chain, announces the opening of its first in-store fast-casual restaurant in partnership with Maryland-based chain Nalley Fresh. The new location will open at Giant's Ellicott City, MD location on Friday, March 24, and offer customers a selection of highly customizable, healthy and fresh meal options to further elevate the in-store shopping experience.

Perfect for lunch or dinner, Nalley Fresh is a chef-driven concept that makes everything fresh daily and features...

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Mar 24 9:23 AM, General News

Fuku Announces Partnership with the New York Yankees and Legends Hospitality

Fuku, a growing collection of fast-casual eateries specializing in spicy fried chicken sandwiches from dynamic chef and restaurateur David Chang, today announced that it has entered a multi-year partnership with the New York Yankees and Legends Hospitality.

This new partnership broadens Fuku’s foothold across a range of iconic New York institutions and existing local concessions partners. At Yankee Stadium, Fuku offerings will be available to all fans at Section 213 and will also be part of suite holder menus. Fuku options at Yankee Stadium will feature the...

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Mar 24 7:40 AM, General News

As Warmer Weather Returns, Noodles & Company Brings Back its Fan-Favorite Backyard BBQ Chicken Salad

Noodles & Company, (NASDAQ: NDLS) the national fast-casual brand known for serving globally-inspired dishes made fresh to order, announced today the return of its Backyard BBQ Chicken Salad, a crisp and craveable dish that is now available on the Noodles menu across all 460+ restaurants nationwide. The Backyard BBQ Chicken Salad is Noodles' take on a popular summer salad, packed with fresh, high quality ingredients. This new salad is made from a delicious blend of...

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Mar 15 11:20 AM, General News

Chipotle to Launch New Fajita Quesadilla Inspired by Viral TikTok Trend on March 2

Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today announced it will introduce the new Fajita Quesadilla on March 2 as a digital-only menu item on the Chipotle app and For the first time ever, guests will be able to get their favorite Chipotle Quesadillas with Monterey Jack cheese, their protein of choice, and fresh fajita veggies via Chipotle's digital ordering channels. The fan-favorite Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette dressing will also be offered as one of the three included side options guests can select for all...

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Feb 27 8:51 AM, General News

Wingstop Inc. Reports Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Financial Results

Wingstop Inc. (NASDAQ: WING) today announced financial results for the fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, periods that benefited from a 53rd week as compared to fiscal 2021.

Highlights for the fiscal fourth quarter 2022 compared to the fiscal fourth quarter 2021:

- System-wide sales increased 28.9% to $775.7 million
- 61 net new openings in the fiscal fourth quarter 2022
- Domestic same store sales increased 8.7%
- Domestic restaurant AUV of $1.6 million...

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Feb 22 9:55 AM, General News

Giddy Up! BurgerFi Unveils the BBQ Rodeo Burger Available for a Limited Time Only

BurgerFi International Inc. (Nasdaq: BFI, BFIIW) ("BurgerFi"), owner of leading fast-casual brand BurgerFi and the casual dining pizza brand Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza & Wings, introduces its first new product launch of the year, the BBQ Rodeo Burger. Available now through April 17, 2023, the BBQ Rodeo Burger provides the perfect combination of savory, sweet and spicy.

"At BurgerFi, we are committed to providing the highest quality Angus Beef burgers in the industry," says Ophir Sternberg, Executive Chairman at BurgerFi. "As a better-for-you brand...

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Feb 21 10:14 AM, General News

Shake Shack Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2022 Financial Results

Shake Shack Inc. (“Shake Shack” or the “Company”) (NYSE: SHAK) has posted its results for the fourth quarter and the fiscal year ended December 28, 2022 in a Shareholder Letter in the Quarterly Results section of the Company's Investor Relations website, which can be found here: Q4 2022 Shareholder Letter.

Shake Shack will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. ET. Hosting the call will be Randy Garutti, Chief Executive Officer, and Katherine Fogertey, Chief Financial Officer. The conference call can be accessed...

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Feb 17 7:12 AM, General News

Chipotle Introduces New California Inspired Fresh Eatery Concept, Farmesa

Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today announced it is opening a new restaurant called Farmesa at Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California. Farmesa is a fresh, bold concept featuring delicious proteins, greens, grains and vegetables that are inspired by Chipotle's Food with Integrity standards. The concept will soft open with an abbreviated menu and limited hours before officially rolling out next month.

"One of our strategic objectives is to create or invest in emerging culinary spaces and restaurant concepts that fit within Chipotle's food with integrity mission and make fresh...

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Feb 15 9:33 AM, General News

Quiznos Announces the Return of a Seasonal Favorite and Introduces a Twist

Quiznos, an innovator in the quick-service restaurant industry building a better sub since 1981, is introducing the Spicy Sriracha Cheesesteak and bringing back the Classic Philly Cheesesteak. The seasonal favorite among guests and a new option with an unexpected and bold twist will arrive in stores on February 7.

Pushing the boundaries of what’s expected to deliver quality food with flavors that can’t be found anywhere else, the Spicy Sriracha Cheesesteak is made with thinly sliced Philly-style steak, melted mozzarella cheese, spicy sriracha mayo...

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Feb 7 2:01 PM, General News

PrimoHoagies Offers Full Line-up of Catering Options to Fuel Your Team for the Big Game February 12

PrimoHoagies, famous for mouth-watering hoagies piled high with top-quality meats, cheeses, and a unique blend of spices, is celebrating the Big Game on February 12 with a variety of catering options available at nearly 100 locations across the country.

Get the party started with fan-favorite appetizer trays including:

- The Italian Sampler: Marinated mozzarella, pepperoni bites, sharp provolone, roasted red peppers, olive shooters, buffalo cheese bites, and sopressata.
- The Pepperoni and Cheese Sampler: Pepperoni and sharp provolone, with roasted red...

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Feb 7 9:49 AM, General News

Saladworks Spices Up Q1 with the Addition of Exciting New Menu Items

Saladworks, the nation's leading fast-casual create-your-own salad franchise and part of the WOWorks family of better-for-you restaurant brands, started the year with the addition of a new salad, grain bowl, wrap, and grilled cheeses, with flavors to excite customers' taste buds.

The new featured menu offerings are available now through May 7, 2023 at all Saladworks locations, and aim to provide guests with familiar favorites with the addition of exciting and unique flavor kicks. The featured items on the menu include...

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Feb 6 9:26 AM, General News

MOD Pizza Tests Oven-Baked Wings in Dallas and Salt Lake City; Looks to Deepen Menu Innovation

MOD Super-Fast Pizza Holdings, LLC (“MOD Pizza”, “MOD” or the “Company”) the people-first, purpose-led fast casual pizza brand, today announced the addition of oven-baked wings to the menu at 28 locations in Dallas and Salt Lake City. The new craveable and shareable wings are hand-tossed in sauces and oven-baked, offering customers over 35 sweet, spicy and savory flavor combinations. Served in six- or 12-piece portions, MOD’s new wings offer five signature recipes and seven dipping sauces...

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Jan 27 7:42 AM, General News

Chipotle Launches New Rewards Perk and Gives Fans Chance to Win Free Chipotle for a Year

Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today announced it is launching "Freepotle," a new Chipotle Rewards perk that gives members up to ten free food drops throughout 2023. All existing Chipotle Rewards members will be automatically enrolled in "Freepotle", and non-members can gain access to "Freepotle" by joining the Chipotle Rewards program by March 6. As part of the new perk, all current Rewards members will get their first free food drop, a side or topping of guac, from January 9 to January 15...

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Jan 9 9:35 AM, General News

Panera Announces New Toasted Baguettes Sandwiches

Today, Panera Bread announces the launch of three new sandwiches, Toasted Baguettes, available at Panera bakery-cafes nationwide on January 12. Available in three crave-worthy options, new Toasted Baguettes feature Panera's iconic baguette packed with generous flavor. The three new delicious and hand-crafted Toasted Baguette flavor offerings—Green Goddess Caprese, Pepperoni Mozzarella and Smoky Buffalo Chicken—mark the first time Panera has created a sandwich on its signature French baguette. Plus, MyPanera members will receive early access to Toasted Baguettes now through January 11*. The launch of Toasted Baguettes builds on Panera's...

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Jan 6 9:34 AM, General News

QDOBA Mexican Eats Kicks Off New Year with Weekly 'Crave & Save' Deals

To help give its fans more reasons to celebrate in the New Year, QDOBA, a leading fast-casual Mexican restaurant, is offering exclusive online promotions every week in January with its Crave & Save deals! Knowing the New Year often brings new financial resolutions, QDOBA will reveal an exclusive new deal every Monday in January to guests who order online or through the QDOBA app at participating locations across the U.S. and Canada only. This week, guests can enjoy $5 off orders of $25 with code "GIMME5"...

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Jan 5 10:31 AM, General News

Capital Tacos Set to More Than Triple Its Footprint In 2023

As we embark on the New Year, Capital Tacos, the emerging corner taco shop turned nationally-awarded Tex-Mex restaurant franchise, is gearing up for a period of unprecedented growth. 2022 was a year that exceeded the brand's expressed expectations and left it ready to establish franchised and corporate brick-and-mortar flagships in states throughout the country in 2023.

The momentum of the Capital Tacos brand has become undeniable in these last 12 months. Its first brick & mortar outside Tampa, based in Winter Park, FL, opened to much...

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Jan 5 10:28 AM, General News

Blaze Pizza Names Beto Guajardo Chief Executive Officer

Blaze Pizza, the nation's leading fast-casual franchise pizza brand, announced today the appointment of Beto Guajardo as its new president and chief executive officer. Guajardo formerly served as president of Focus Brands International.

Guajardo joins Blaze Pizza after overseeing the international business at Focus Brands, which included more than $400 million of chain sales in over 50 markets with 1,900 restaurants, 100 franchisees and eight brands (Cinnabon, Auntie Anne's, Jamba, Seattle's Best Coffee, Moe's Southwest Grill, McAlister's Deli, and Schlotzsky's). Before being promoted to this role, Guajardo was responsible...

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Jan 4 10:24 AM, General News

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