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Fast-Casual Restaurant, honeygrow Partners with DailyPay to Boost Hiring and Employee Tenure

In an Effort to Provide its Employees with Financial Wellness Tools, honeygrow Implements Popular On-Demand Pay Benefit

honeygrow, the Philadelphia-based fast-casual concept, is joining forces with DailyPay – the leader in on-demand pay. Through this partnership, honeygrow's restaurant employees can now access their earned pay after completing a shift. Ultimately, DailyPay's benefit allows employees to access their pay as they earn it, eliminating the need for payday loans and overdraft fees as they can pay bills, save, spend, or invest on their own schedules...

 

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Aug 17 9:52 AM, General News



BurgerFi Unveils the "Juicy Lucy" Burger Available for a Limited Time Only

BurgerFi - one of the nation's fastest-growing, premium fast-casual concepts - has added the Juicy Lucy, a new crave-worthy, limited-time only menu item to its award-winning, chef-inspired menu. Available now through September 19, the Juicy Lucy features two Natural Angus Beef patties sandwiching White Cheddar, American, and Pepper Jack cheeses, and topped with Sweet Tomato Relish and BurgerFi's signature Fi sauce.

To further enhance their menu offerings, BurgerFi has partnered with well-known industry Chef Cliff Pleau. "Just one bite of the new Juicy..."

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Aug 16 2:53 PM, 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


Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers partners with UMI Marketing Solutions

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers has selected UMI Marketing Solutions as their marketing operations partner. Freddy's is a leading fast-casual restaurant with huge growth potential as they expand across the United States. Bringing their decades of marketing and franchise industry experience to the table, UMI will further fuel Freddy's efforts to double its footprint within the next four years.

"Freddy's is a unique, rapidly-growing brand, and we believe UMI's turn-key nature and dedication to the success of their clients through innovative marketing solutions make them the perfect partner to..."

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Aug 9 1:00 PM, General News


Boston Market Launches The One and Only, Rotisserie Chicken Nuggets

Boston Market is changing how you eat rotisserie chicken and nuggets. The future of nuggets is here and thanks to Boston Market, they're roasted, not fried. Today, the beloved family brand proudly announces the launch of its one and only, Rotisserie Chicken Nuggets, a healthier grab-and-go meal option that currently does not exist in the market and is packed with big flavor. The nugget innovation will be available at all 315 restaurants nationwide and can be ordered in either signature or spicy flavors.

Boston Market's Rotisserie Chicken Nuggets...

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Jul 11 9:41 AM, General News


BurgerFi and Gopuff Expand Pilot to Deliver Fresh Made Burgers and Fries to Customers Nationwide

BurgerFi, one of the nation's fastest-growing, premium fast-casual concepts, and Gopuff, the go-to platform for immediate delivery of customers' everyday needs, today announced plans to expand the delivery of BurgerFi items on the Gopuff platform to more customers nationwide, following a successful pilot program. In the coming months, Gopuff will begin delivering fresh-made BurgerFi burgers and fries to customers in more than a dozen cities, including Miami, New York City, Nashville and Philadelphia.

"The synergy between BurgerFi and Gopuff remains unrivaled..."

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Jul 8 8:22 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


Panera Opens First "Panera To Go" Digital-Only Restaurant for Off-Premise Dining

Panera Bread, a leader and innovator in the fast-casual restaurant segment, has opened the first “Panera To Go,” a new Panera Bread restaurant format offering digitally-enabled convenience for Rapid Pick-Up® and Delivery orders. The Chicago-based restaurant is the first of three Panera To Go test locations scheduled to open this year. Panera To Go is a digital-only bakery-cafe, with a reduced front of house where guests and delivery drivers can easily pick up orders from Rapid Pick-Up® and...

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Jun 10 7:23 AM, General News


Fatburger Launches Mike’s Hot Honey® for New Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Fatburger announces the launch of Mike’s Hot Honey® Crispy Chicken Sandwich, available for a limited time. The sweet and spicy mash-up is the first Fatburger and Mike’s Hot Honey® collaboration, with both brands working together to create a one-of-a-kind offering that will “wow” chicken sandwich enthusiasts. Customers can order the Mike’s Hot Honey® Crispy Chicken Sandwich online and in-store at participating Fatburger locations from June 14 through September 4, 2022.

Sweet ‘n’ spicy ‘n’ ultra-crispy, the...

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Jun 9 1:31 PM, General News


Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Announces 4-Store Franchise Deal with Expansion into Utah

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop announces a 4-store agreement with John Cassity, which will include the brand’s expansion into Utah, and growth within Colorado, an existing market. The Texas-based restaurant group is recognized for its Baja-style fare with nearly 150 franchise- and corporate-owned locations in 18 states (with planned openings in Alabama and Utah which will bring the total to 20).

In addition to Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Cassity owns five Einstein Bros. Bagel shops and four Subway sandwich shops.

“John is a highly qualified and experienced..."

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Jun 9 8:00 AM, General News


Chipotle Kicks Off Pride Month with 'Always Real' Actions for the LGBTQIA+ Community 

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced its 'Always Real' support for the LGBTQIA+ community in honor of Pride month. Chipotle worked with its PRIDE Employee Resource Group to identify pressing issues that members of the community face, and together developed its first-ever program dedicated to yearlong support.

'Always Real' Food
Food insecurity, the state of being without reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food, disproportionately affects members of the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ adults living in the U.S. are nearly twice as likely to be experiencing food...

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Jun 1 8:44 AM, General News


Wing Zone Partners with Miso Robotics

Today, Wing Zone – one of the nation's leading fast-casual brands serving made-to-order flavor-packed chicken wings – announced a partnership with Miso Robotics – the company transforming the restaurant industry with robotics and intelligent automation – to make Flippy 2 a part of the chain's standard build for all future restaurant locations. Wing Zone is the first fast-casual brand in the world to spec food robotics into its operations at this level.

"With over 100 new shops in our current development pipeline, our technology roadmap relies heavily on strategic partnerships with companies like..."

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May 25 9:36 AM, General News


Wingstop Signs Agreement for Development Rights for South Korea

Wingstop – the rapidly-growing and technology-forward fast casual wing restaurant – today announced an agreement for the development rights for South Korea, contributing to its robust international expansion pipeline. The agreement outlines an initial commitment of 60 restaurants over a ten-year period, with the potential for 200-250 total restaurants in the country, the first expected to open in early 2023.

Korea is a key growth market outlined in Wingstop's strategic roadmap to becoming a Top 10 Global Restaurant Brand. This expansion follows the brand's proven strategy that has been...

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May 16 12:59 PM, General News


Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Launches Online Ordering for Catering

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop announces the launch of their online ordering platform for catering orders to make enjoying their scratch made favorites with family, friends, and coworkers even more convenient. The Texas-based restaurant group is recognized for their Baja-style fare with nearly 150 franchise- and corporate-owned locations in 17 states.

The growing taco shop concept partnered with Olo, a leading on-demand commerce platform powering the restaurant industry’s digital transformation, to integrate catering into their online ordering platform.

“We’ve seen our catering sales increase..."

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May 12 8:00 AM, General News


The Flavor Experts Bring Back Three Fan-Favorite Flavor Remixes

Wingstop fans love flavor and they're not afraid to show it. That's why Wingstop is bringing back three beloved flavor remixes: the zesty fire of Hot Lemon, the soulful tang of Bayou BBQ, and the savory punch of Lemon Garlic. These remixes are available now for a limited time in restaurants nationwide.

The remixes got their start when fans began posting on social media about combining two Wingstop flavors to create an original, new flavor from the distinctive, bold 11 flavors that anchor the menu on a daily basis...

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May 10 1:00 PM, General News


Wingstop Inc. Reports Fiscal First Quarter Financial Results

Wingstop Inc. today announced financial results for the fiscal first quarter ended March 26, 2022.

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

- System-wide sales increased 12.7% to $630.0 million
- 60 net new openings in the fiscal first quarter 2022, an increase of 13.4%
- Domestic same-store sales increased 1.2%
- Three-year domestic same-store sales increased 31.8%
- Domestic restaurant AUV increased to $1.6 million
- Digital sales were 62.3% of sales, comparable to the prior fiscal first quarter...

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May 4 8:22 AM, General News


Chipotle Tests Garlic Guajillo Steak in Select Markets

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced it is testing Garlic Guajillo Steak at 102 participating restaurants in Denver, Indianapolis, and Orange County, Calif., starting tomorrow, May 3, for a limited time. The brand is also offering a $0 delivery fee with promo code DELIVER at U.S. restaurants from May 2 through May 6.

A New Way to Experience Steak at Chipotle

Building upon the brand's recent success with menu innovations including Smoked Brisket and Pollo Asado, Chipotle is testing a bold new flavor of steak in select markets. Garlic Guajillo Steak features...

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May 2 9:11 AM, General News


Marlene Gordon Joins Panera Bread & Panera Brands 

Panera announced the appointment of Marlene M. Gordon as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary effective May 2.

With over 20 years of industry experience, Gordon joins Panera from Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., where she most recently served as Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Secretary. During her tenure at Fresh Del Monte Produce, Inc., the global food company, Marlene was a member of the company’s Global Leadership Team, where she led legal, corporate communications and people strategies to best support the company’s short and long-term business...

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May 2 9:06 AM, General News


Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Announce Multi-Unit Agreement Signings for 64 New Restaurants

Growing Demand in Chicago Sparks Deal with Veteran Franchise Group to Bring 13 New Restaurants to Area

Leading fast-casual restaurant concept Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers announced today its significant Q1 franchise development success, signing six new multi-unit agreements that will bring a total of 64 new Freddy's locations to new and existing markets, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Louisiana, Illinois and California. Most notably, existing Freddy's franchisees of more than a decade, M&M Custard, inked an agreement to expand the brand's growing footprint...

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Apr 28 8:00 AM, General News


QDOBA Mexican Eats® Celebrates Earth Day with a Spotlight On Plant-Based Menu Items

QDOBA, the leading fast-casual Mexican restaurant known for making the world a more flavorful place, commemorates Earth Day 2022 by encouraging fans to go plant-based without compromising flavor. Impossible Beef Made From Plants has become a mainstay in many delicious entreés on the QDOBA menu, including the signature Impossible™ Fajita Bowl and other dishes thoughtfully enjoyed by guests from coast to coast. QDOBA fans are encouraged to invest in the earth by choosing the flavorful, plant-based protein for their next meal...

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Apr 22 1:15 PM, General News


Chipotle Releases 2021 Sustainability Report

Chipotle Mexican Grill today published its 2021 Sustainability Report Update, which showcases its efforts across People, Food and Animals, and the Environment. The report covers Chipotle's impact, progress and goals in areas that play a critical role in its mission to Cultivate a Better World.

A best-in-class employer, Chipotle enhanced its employee offerings last year with leading wages, referral bonuses, and paved clear pathways for advancement. Crew members can become a Restaurateur, the highest General Manager position, in as little as three and a half years, with potential total compensation of...

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Apr 22 9:05 AM, General News


Now on the Menu: Quiznos and Taco Del Mar Franchises in the Metaverse

REGO Restaurant Group, the fast-casual restaurant platform backed by High Bluff Capital Partners that includes Quiznos and Taco Del Mar, has announced a multi-year, strategic partnership with The NFT Agency to establish REGO brands in the metaverse, starting this summer with the introduction of upcoming NFT drops offering virtual landowners and NFT collectors the opportunity to purchase digital master franchises.

“We are excited to be among the first movers in the restaurant industry to build franchises in the metaverse. Our team is continually cooking up..."

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Apr 20 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


Baja Fresh Brings on the Birria with New Tacos for a Limited Time

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill® (www.BajaFresh.com), the fast-casual fresh Mexican food chain, introduces two new menu items for a limited time. From April 11 to July 10, new Birria Tacos along with a Churro and new Dulce de Leche dipping sauce will be added to Baja Fresh menus nationwide.

Guests can now enjoy this traditional favorite:

- Birria Taco Combo – Two grilled tacos made with mild chile-soaked corn tortillas stuffed with marinated steak, cheese, salsa 6 chiles and onion & cilantro mix. Served with a side...

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Apr 14 8:12 AM, General News


Freddy's Brings Back Cooked-to-Order A.1.® Chophouse Steakburger and Launches Mug® Root Beer Float

Leading fast-casual restaurant concept, Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, announced today they are launching products featuring A.1.® sauce and Mug® Root Beer for a limited time at participating locations between now and May 31, 2022, or while supplies last. The cooked-to-order A.1.® Chophouse Steakburger will be served on a toasted potato bun with grilled onions, sauteed mushrooms, white cheddar cheese, and A.1.® sauce which, pairs perfectly with their fizzy and cold, rich...

 

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Apr 6 8:53 AM, General News


Potbelly Introduces the Cubano for a Limited Time Beginning April 4

The Cubano is coming on April 4 – Potbelly Corporation is bringing back this craveable fan favorite that became an instant hit with the brand's loyal following.

The Cubano features hearty portions of hand-pulled roasted pork and smoked ham topped with Swiss cheese, brown deli mustard and sliced pickle, served Potbelly style, always oven toasted at 500 degrees. The sandwich is available now so get it before it's gone.

"The first of several specialty sandwiches to be featured throughout 2022, our Cubano gives customers yet another option to explore..."

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Apr 1 9:28 AM, General News


Chipotle Tests RFID Technology for Traceability

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced it is testing radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to enhance its traceability and inventory systems at its Chicago distribution center and approximately 200 restaurants in the greater Chicago area. A leader in food safety, Chipotle is one of the first major restaurant companies to leverage RFID case labels to track ingredients from suppliers to restaurants via serialization.

"RFID labels transform inventory management into an automatic, digital function that optimizes restaurant operations and gives our Restaurant Support Centers access to inventory data in real-time," said Scott Boatwright, Chief Restaurant...

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Apr 1 8:45 AM, General News


Earn 3 Times More Points on National Burrito Day Through the Chronic Tacos Loyalty Program

Chronic Tacos, leading fast-casual authentic Mexican grill, is celebrating National Burrito Day where customers can earn 3 points per dollar on all orders online, in-app or in stores on April 7th. This promotion will last all day.

"We are excited to offer our loyal customers a way to earn more points on National Burrito Day," said Michael Mohammed, Chronic Tacos CEO. "Our new app will allow our customers to earn points which they can redeem for free menu items. The more..."

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Mar 31 8:00 AM, General News


Mendocino Farms' New San Francisco Kitchen Dishes Out Bold Flavors for Delivery and Pick Up

What's the news? Mendocino Farms, the fast-casual restaurant known for turning sandwiches, salads and more into an unexpected culinary adventure, is opening a new delivery and pick up only location in San Francisco (90 Charter Oak), on Monday, April 11. The San Francisco Kitchen marks the brand's third takeout and delivery-oriented location, furthering its commitment to making happiness only an order away.

Why is this important? Through its digital-only ordering experience, the San Francisco Kitchen is focused on offering a more convenient... 

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Mar 29 2:01 PM, General News


Jersey Mike's Subs Appoints SOCi as New Global Platform of Record for Localized Marketing

Today, Jersey Mike's Subs announced it has appointed SOCi, Inc. as its global platform of record for localized marketing. Jersey Mike's, known for its authentic fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, operates more than 2,000 locations nationwide. SOCi, the marketing platform for multi-location brands, will help simplify and streamline Jersey Mike's localized marketing strategy, including local listings, social and reputation management, and social advertising across platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Google Business Profile, and Yelp.

The past 24 months have greatly accelerated the development of new and...

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Mar 24 8:00 AM, General News


Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Announces Nick Booras as Senior Vice President of Franchise Sales

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop announces franchise veteran Nick Booras as Senior Vice President of Franchise Sales. The Texas-based restaurant group is recognized for their Baja-style fare with nearly 150 franchise- and corporate-owned locations in 17 states.

Most recently, Booras served as Senior Director of Franchise Development at FOCUS Brands, LLC., where he was responsible for selling all seven of the FOCUS Brands in the southwest region. Prior to that his role was dedicated to one brand in the FOCUS portfolio, McAlister’s Deli, where he sold...

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Mar 24 8:00 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


BurgerFi Partners with Gopuff to Bring Late-Night Bites to Tallahassee

BurgerFi, one of the nation's fastest growing, premium fast-casual concepts, and Gopuff – the go-to platform for immediate delivery of customers' everyday needs – have launched a new offering to bring BurgerFi's all-natural burgers and sides through its "Fi on the Fly®" food truck and Gopuff Kitchen, Gopuff's freshly-prepared food delivery service. This strategic partnership – the first of its kind in which Gopuff Kitchen partners with a restaurant – will bring the convenience of Gopuff's late-night delivery to BurgerFi fans and Gopuff customers in the Tallahassee...

 

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Mar 22 9:30 AM, General News


USA Today 10Best Awards Names QDOBA "America's Best Fast Casual Restaurant" for Fourth Year in a Row

QDOBA, the leading fast-casual Mexican restaurant, announced it has once again earned the top spot in the USA Today 10Best Awards as "America's Best Fast Casual Restaurant" for the fourth consecutive year. QDOBA edged out several other fast-casual brands. Each year, a panel of experts partners with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and then the public is invited to vote for their favorite brands.

"For the fourth year in a row, our QDOBA fans have once again stepped..."

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Mar 17 8:00 AM, General News


Noodles & Company Tests Impossibly Good Pairing With New Impossible™ Panko Chicken

Noodles & Company, the national fast-casual brand known for serving globally-inspired dishes made fresh to order, announced today the launch of Panko Chicken made by Impossible™ Foods, a new plant-based protein option now available in select markets. Noodles is featuring the new plant-based chicken option in its Orange Chicken Lo Mein dish now also called, Impossible™ Orange Chicken Lo Mein, and is making the protein option available as an addition or substitution in any dish.

After introducing LEANguini in select markets and receiving...

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Mar 17 8:00 AM, General News


Blaze Pizza Signs New Franchise Agreement to Propel Expansion Across Tennessee

Blaze Pizza, the nation's leading fast-casual franchise pizza concept, announced today the signing of a new franchise agreement to expand the brand's presence across Chattanooga, bringing three new units to southern Tennessee. The news comes at an exciting period of development fueled by an impressive year for the fast-growing pizza franchise. Throughout 2021, Blaze Pizza achieved significant nationwide growth with the opening of 14 new restaurants in key target markets including Texas, Florida, Nevada, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Georgia and California. The company's investments in operational efficiencies coupled...

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Mar 16 9:35 AM, General News


Chipotle Tests AI Kitchen Assistant, Chippy

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced its latest digital innovation, Chippy, an autonomous kitchen assistant that integrates culinary traditions with artificial intelligence to make tortilla chips. Chipotle's culinary and technology teams called on Miso Robotics to customize its latest robotic solution to cook and freshly season Chipotle's delicious tortilla chips.

"We are always exploring opportunities to enhance our employee and guest experience. Our goal is to drive efficiencies through collaborative robotics that will enable Chipotle's crew members to focus on other tasks in the restaurant," said Curt Garner, Chief Technology Officer, Chipotle...

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Mar 16 8:52 AM, General News


Chipotle Launches Pollo Asado in the U.S. and Canada

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced its all new Pollo Asado is available at restaurants in the U.S. and Canada for a limited time. Pollo Asado is grilled fresh in Chipotle's kitchens using classic cooking techniques to build bright, craveable flavor. The protein is available at participating locations and via the Chipotle app, Chipotle.com, and third-party delivery partners.

An Entirely New Chicken Experience

Chipotle's first chicken menu innovation in its 29-year history, Pollo Asado's elevated flavor profile offers a new take on your go-to order. Grilled fresh and...

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Mar 11 8:00 AM, General News


Smashburger® Launches New Nationwide Menu with the Addition of Two Chicken Tender Offerings

Smashburger®, the better burger fast casual restaurant, announces the launch of its brand new menu, launching nationwide today. The new revamped menu will feature two brand new menu items: Adult Chicken Tenders and Scorchin' Hot Chicken Tenders. Inspired by successful menu testing at select locations and the popularity of the 2021 Scorchin' Hot Crispy Chicken Sandwich, the new chicken offerings will be available in 3-piece and 5-piece quantities and are made of crispy, all white meat chicken, with your choice of sauce...

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Mar 3 8:00 AM, General News


Friendly's Restaurants Debuts First Friendly's Cafe

In 1935, the Blake Brothers founded their first ice cream shop in Springfield, Massachusetts and named it "Friendly." The name was a promise that the small ice cream shop would be a friendly place for families to enjoy a meal together. 86-years later the iconic brand is still delivering on that promise, while continuing to innovate for both loyal patrons and new customers.

Friendly's Restaurants announces the launch of Friendly's Cafe, a fast-casual concept, in Westfield, Massachusetts (291 East Main St.) which opened on Feb. 26. The new concept aims to deliver...

 

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Mar 1 9:10 AM, 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


Chipotle Announces 2022 Environmental, Social and Governance Goals Tied to Executive Compensation

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced its 2022 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals tied to executive compensation. The objectives, which are categorized by Food & Animals, People, and the Environment, can positively or negatively impact the officers' 2022 annual incentive bonus by up to 15% based on the company's achievement of these goals.

"Chipotle's ESG goals are designed to motivate our executive leadership team to make responsible business decisions that Cultivate A Better World," said Laurie Schalow, Chief Corporate Affairs & Food Safety Officer, Chipotle. "As a company with..."

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Feb 24 7:58 AM, General News


Cracker Barrel Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2022 Results

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. ("Cracker Barrel" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: CBRL) today reported its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2022 ended January 28, 2022.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2022 Highlights

- Compared to the second quarter of fiscal 20191, total revenue increased by 6.2% including comparable store restaurant sales increase of 1.9%, comparable store retail sales increase of 13.7%, and 7 Cracker Barrel and 31 Maple Street net unit additions.
- Comparable store off-premise restaurant sales grew 123% compared to the second quarter of 20191 and represented approximately 24%...

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Feb 22 8:21 AM, General News


QDOBA Launches All-New Rewards Program Making it Easier for Members to Earn Flavorful Rewards Fast

QDOBA, the leading fast-casual Mexican restaurant, today announced a series of enhancements to its popular QDOBA Rewards program, making it easier to earn free food fast. Upon joining the revamped program, all members will earn one (1) point for every $1 spent and a free entrée with just 125 points. New members who sign up will immediately receive the reward of QDOBA's signature Queso & Chips to enjoy for free on their next visit to the restaurant.

With a simplified format and...

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Feb 18 1:11 PM, General News


QDOBA Mexican Eats® Hosts Second Annual "QDOBA for Kindness" Celebration This Valentine's Day

QDOBA, the leading fast-casual Mexican restaurant, today announced the return of its popular "QDOBA for Kindness" promotion, which kicks off on Monday, Feb. 14. Building on QDOBA's 12-year history of engaging with fans to create positive connections on Valentine's Day—and sweeten the pot with a flavorful "Buy One Get One Free" (BOGO) offer—the brand continues to spread love and encourage random acts of kindness on Valentine's Day.

QDOBA for Kindness returns with a Buy One, Get One Free entrée that's available exclusively...

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Feb 14 9:54 AM, General News


"Boneless" on Valentine's Day? Wingstop Has You Covered

Wingstop is celebrating those who are proudly single this Valentine's Day – flipping the switch from couples in love, to the self-love that only a flavor fix can provide. On Feb. 14, Wingstop is rewarding singles who embrace their Boneless Valentine's Day with a promotion of $0.70 boneless wings and orders of regular Thigh Bites – juicy, breaded, bite-sized boneless chicken – for $4.49.

With over 1,600 locations worldwide, Wingstop's made-to-order, sauced-and-tossed wings are reliable – never ghosting and incapable of heartbreak...

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Feb 10 8:42 AM, General News


Chipotle Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Results

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2021.

Fourth quarter highlights, year over year:

- Total revenue increased 22.0% to $2.0 billion
- Comparable restaurant sales increased 15.2%
- Digital sales grew 3.8% and accounted for 41.6% of sales
- Operating margin was 8.1%, an increase from 7.3%
- Restaurant level operating margin was 20.2%1, an increase of 70 basis points
- Diluted earnings per share was $4.69, compared to $6.69. The fourth quarter of 2020 included an...

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Feb 9 8:22 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


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


Potbelly Celebrates 45 Years of Good Vibes and Toasty Sandwiches

Potbelly Corporation and its legion of fans across the country have another reason to rejoice in 2022.

This January, the brand is kicking off a milestone anniversary year, its 45th, sharing the joy of legendary hot, toasty sandwiches with its faithful following. To celebrate more than four decades of customer fanfare and the bonds that have been built in neighborhoods dotting the nation, Potbelly will be offering a Buy One, Get One sandwich deal. On Friday, Jan. 14, the official anniversary date, all customers who order an Original...

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Jan 11 9:08 AM, General News


Chipotle Launches Plant-Based Chorizo and New Lifestyle Bowls

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced Plant-Based Chorizo is available for a limited time at U.S. locations. A new, craveable protein, Plant-Based Chorizo is made using all real, fresh ingredients grown on a farm, not in a lab. Starting today, the brand's latest menu innovation is available at U.S. restaurants and on the Chipotle app, Chipotle.com and third-party delivery partners.

The highly anticipated launch is backed by positive consumer engagement and fan excitement following a test of Plant-Based Chorizo in Denver and Indianapolis in August 2021...

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Jan 3 8:20 AM, General News


Portillo's Announces Appointment of Paulette Dodson to Board of Directors

Portillo's, the fast-casual restaurant concept known for its menu of unrivaled Chicago street food, today announced the appointment of Paulette Dodson, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Alight Solutions, to the Portillo's Board of Directors, effective immediately.

"Paulette is a strategic leader and talented legal mind who brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for our iconic brand," said Mike Miles, Portillo's Chairman of the Board of Directors. "We're very excited to welcome her to the Portillo's board."

Ms. Dodson is an experienced legal executive...

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Dec 23 12:41 PM, General News


Wingstop Appoints First Chief People Officer

Wingstop today announced the appointment of Donnie Upshaw to Chief People Officer. Donnie joined Wingstop in 2018 and most recently served as Senior Vice President of People.

"After nearly 4 years of transformational leadership and growth, I'm thrilled to congratulate Donnie on this wonderful achievement," said Wingstop Chairman and CEO Charlie Morrison. "People are the foundation of our strategy and Donnie has made a tremendous impact on our talent framework and culture, which has propelled us forward with industry-leading growth."

Donnie has been instrumental in instilling The Wingstop Way...

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Dec 17 8:09 AM, General News


Chipotle to Open First Chipotlane Digital Kitchen

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced its first Chipotlane Digital Kitchen restaurant in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The new prototype offers a Chipotlane and walk-up window for efficient digital order pickup. Located at 994 Graham Road in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, the restaurant is scheduled to open later this month.

Chipotlane Digital Kitchen Design

The Chipotlane Digital Kitchen footprint is smaller than a traditional Chipotlane, with no dining room access for guests or a front line. The kitchen is equipped with a make line dedicated to digital orders placed through the Chipotle app and Chipotle.com...

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Dec 17 8:03 AM, General News


Velvet Taco Receives Significant Investment from Leonard Green & Partners

Velvet Taco (the "Company"), the popular Dallas-based restaurant concept serving up globally inspired tacos, today announced that Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. ("LGP") acquired a majority stake in Velvet Taco from L Catterton, the largest global consumer-focused private equity firm, and FB Society (formerly Front Burner Restaurants), which spearheaded the creation of Velvet Taco ten years ago. L Catterton and FB Society will retain significant minority ownership stakes in the business. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in Dallas in 2011, Velvet Taco is a...

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Nov 30 2:03 PM, General News


Smashburger® Collaborates With Celebrity Chef And Restaurateur Rick Bayless To Launch New Menu Items

Smashburger®, the better burger fast casual restaurant, announces the launch of its newest creation, the Chorizo Cheeseburger by Chef Rick Bayless. Developed in collaboration with the award-winning chef and restauranteur, and winner of Bravo TV's Top Chef Masters Chef Rick Bayless, the authentic Mexican-inspired burger is available at all Smashburger locations nationwide starting today through February 15, 2022. Throughout the duration of the limited time dish, Smashburger is encouraging guests to donate to the Frontera Farmer Foundation, a nonprofit organization established by...

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Nov 30 8:25 AM, General News


Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Accelerates Growth With New Multi-Unit Deals

Leading fast-casual restaurant concept Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers announced today it has signed four new multi-unit agreements with new and existing operators to bring more than a dozen new restaurants to New Jersey, Texas, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and South Dakota. Year-to-date, Freddy's has executed a total of 13 multi-unit agreements adding nearly 70 new restaurants to the brand's overall development pipeline. This surge in franchise development is a reflection of the brand's aggressive growth strategy and will continue to accelerate expansion over the...

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Nov 12 8:00 AM, General News


BurgerFi's Ultimate Bacon Bash Proves Everything is Better with More Bacon

BurgerFi, one of the nation's fastest-growing, premium fast-casual concepts, will launch today its first-ever Ultimate Bacon Bash meal including three crave-worthy and better-with-bacon premium options from its award-winning, chef-inspired menu. Additionally, BurgerFi will offer for a limited time a newly crafted Maple Bacon Shake and free delivery via the BurgerFi app at participating locations.

"BurgerFi loves to put a new spin on a classic, fan favorite," says Paul Griffin, Chief Culinary Officer of BurgerFi. "There's never too much bacon, and this..."

 

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Nov 10 8:00 AM, General News


Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. Names Craig Pommells As Chief Financial Officer

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. today announced that Craig Pommells will join the Company to become its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, with an anticipated start date of December 6. He will report to the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer Sandra B. Cochran.

"We are very excited to have Craig join the Cracker Barrel executive team," said Cochran. "I am confident that Craig's track record of outstanding financial leadership..."

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Nov 8 8:17 AM, General News


Chipotle Sets Science Based Climate Goals To Reduce Its Carbon Emissions 50% By 2030

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced it has set science-based targets with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to reduce absolute Scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% by 2030 from a 2019 base year. The approved targets have been classified by SBTi as being in line with a long-term global temperature increasing trajectory of 1.5°C. Cross-functional stakeholders and third-party experts are actively developing the path forward for achieving and monitoring the company's science-based targets...

 

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Nov 5 8:00 AM, General News


BurgerFi Completes $156.6 Million Acquisition of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Wings

BurgerFi International Inc., the owner of one of the nation’s fastest-growing premium fast-casual concepts through the BurgerFi brand, is announcing the successful completion of its pending acquisition of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Wings (“Anthony’s”) from L Catterton for $156.6 million. Ophir Sternberg, Executive Chairman of BurgerFi commented, “This acquisition marks a significant step forward in BurgerFi’s ongoing growth strategy and transition into a premium multibrand platform.”

Anthony’s, founded in 2002 and headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL, is a leading operator of casual...

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Nov 4 8:52 AM, General News


Chipotle Tests Pollo Asado In Select Markets

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced it is testing Pollo Asado, the first menu innovation with chicken in its 28-year history, at 95 restaurants across Cincinnati, Ohio and Sacramento, Calif. A new flavor of chicken to hit the grill, Pollo Asado features the unique taste of garlic, fresh lime, guajillo peppers and hand-chopped cilantro.

"Chicken has long been the top protein choice among Chipotle guests," said Chris Brandt, Chief Marketing Officer. "With the celebrated Adobo chicken recipe already on our menu, we decided it was time to add another option and..."

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Nov 4 8:00 AM, General News


Wingstop Inc. Reports Fiscal Third Quarter Financial Results

Wingstop Inc. today announced financial results for the fiscal third quarter ended September 25, 2021.

Highlights for the fiscal third quarter 2021 compared to the fiscal third quarter 2020:

- System-wide sales increased 16.7% to $594.3 million
- 49 net new openings in the fiscal third quarter 2021, an increase of 13.1%
- Domestic same-store sales increased 3.9%
- Domestic restaurant AUV of approximately $1.6 million
- Digital sales were 61.6% of sales, comparable to the prior fiscal third quarter
- Total revenue increased 2.8% to $65.8 million, which was impacted by...

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Nov 3 8:17 AM, General News


Chipotle To Open Virtual Restaurant On Roblox 

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced it will celebrate the 21st year of Boorito, a fan favorite Halloween event, by becoming the first restaurant brand to open a virtual location on Roblox, a global platform bringing millions of people together through shared experiences. In the Chipotle Boorito Maze experience, Chipotle will make $1 million in free burritos available* and offer access to new virtual Halloween costumes and exclusive Roblox items.

The experience will go live at 3:30 pm PT/6:30 pm ET on October 28 and can be accessed at...

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Oct 27 7:50 AM, General News


Chipotle Announces Third Quarter 2021 Results

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. today reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2021.

Third quarter highlights, year over year:

- Total revenue increased 21.9% to $2.0 billion
- Comparable restaurant sales increased 15.1%
- Digital sales grew 8.6% and accounted for 42.8% of sales
- Operating margin was 12.3%, an increase from 6.7%
- Restaurant level operating margin was 23.5% 1, an increase of 400 basis points
- Diluted earnings per share was $7.18, a 154.6% increase from $2.82. Excluding a $0.16 after-tax net impact resulting from a tax benefit, which...

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Oct 22 8:29 AM, General News


Panera Bread Announces Its Goal to Become Climate Positive By 2050

Today, Panera Bread announces its commitment to become climate positive – removing more carbon from the atmosphere than it emits – by 2050. The first national fast casual restaurant company to set a climate positive target, Panera today updated its Food Beliefs to include climate goals, establishing an ambitious vision for its business. With approximately 25 percent of global greenhouse gases created from food production1, Panera hopes to lead and inspire its industry to address the climate crisis.

“Climate change is one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our time..."

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Oct 20 8:39 AM, General News


IHOP® Launches New Hand-Crafted Melts to All-Day Dine in and To-Go Menus

Today, IHOP® introduces its latest menu innovation of Hand-Crafted Melts, a collection of sandwiches with savory flavors, as part of the restaurant’s ongoing commitment to the prioritization of the P.M. daypart and portable menu options. Guests can choose from a lineup of seven different Hand-Crafted Melts – featuring craveable flavors and quality ingredients such as 100% Black Angus steak and all-natural roasted turkey.

The new Hand-Crafted Melts include a range of ingredients, such as signature sweet and tangy IHOP...

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Oct 19 7:58 AM, General News


U.S. Fast Casual Restaurant Visits Rebound After Steep Declines in 2020

U.S. fast casual restaurants didn’t fare as well as traditional quick service restaurants early in the pandemic, but their customers are returning, reports The NPD Group. Online and physical visits to fast casual restaurants in the year ending August 2021 were up +8% compared to a year ago, which keeps traffic on par or flat to pre-pandemic visits in August 2019. In the quarter ending June 2020, at the height of pandemic lockdowns and restaurant restrictions, fast casual visits were down -23% compared to the prior year...

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Oct 13 7:57 AM, General News


Newk's Debuts 9 All-New Signature Menu Items

Newk's Eatery has launched a revamped menu with a focus on high-quality ingredients and premium proteins such as tenderloin steak and grilled salmon.

Newk's new menu features a new look and delicious new items, including:

Newk's Cheesesteak Sandwich made with medium-rare petite tenderloin steak, Newk's signature pimiento cheese, cheddar cheese, red and yellow bell peppers, caramelized onions and mayo on Parisian bread.
Portabella Veggie Sandwich made with portabella mushrooms, red and yellow bell peppers, Swiss cheese and basil pesto on Parisian bread.
Salmon Caesar Salad, featuring grilled salmon atop a...

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Oct 6 8:53 AM, General News


The Habit Burger Grill Presents The Return of the Chicken Caprese on Garlic Ciabatta

The Habit Burger Grill, the California-based restaurant company renowned for its award-winning Charburgers, signature sandwiches, hand-cut salads and more is bringing back one of their most popular limited time offers, The Chicken Caprese on Garlic Ciabatta Sandwich. The Habit's signature chargrilled chicken breast combined with classic caprese ingredients makes for a sandwich worthy of a comeback.

"Our guests absolutely loved the Chicken Caprese on Garlic Ciabatta last year, so of course we had to bring it back! Made with the freshest ingredients and..."

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Sep 29 8:39 AM, General News


Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Announces New CMO and VP of Brand Marketing 

Leading fast-casual restaurant concept Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers announced today that it has named Laura Rueckel as Chief Marketing Officer and Erin Walter as Vice President of Brand Marketing. Bringing decades of marketing and franchise industry experience, these appointments will further fuel Freddy's accelerated growth strategy as part of the brand's ongoing efforts to invest in its executive leadership and franchise development teams. Additionally, Freddy's has also promoted Jill Tinsley, who joined Freddy's in 2019 as Public Relations Manager, to Director of Communications. Under the leadership...

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Sep 28 1:19 PM, General News


Chicken Salad Chick Targets Midwest for Development, Announces Aggressive Franchise Growth Goals

Chicken Salad Chick, the nation's only Southern inspired, fast casual chicken salad restaurant concept, announces aggressive franchise expansion plans for the Midwest. The fast-growing brand has mapped out development goals to add 50 locations to the pipeline for the Midwest in the next four years via strategic franchise partnerships.

These development goals build on the tremendous growth Chicken Salad Chick has experienced this year, with 17 signed agreements year-to-date and 40 locations projected to open by year-end. In addition to this impressive development...

 

 

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Sep 22 9:05 AM, General News


Chipotle Continues To Evolve Its Loyalty Program And App Experience With Record Digital Sales

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced it is continuing to evolve its digital experience with enhancements to the Chipotle Rewards program, which has helped the business already surpass $2 billion in digital sales this year. The Chipotle Rewards program now boasts 24 million members and remains among the fastest growing loyalty programs in the history of the restaurant industry.

Introducing Extras from Chipotle Rewards
Today, Chipotle is officially rolling out Extras, an exclusive feature for Chipotle Rewards members that unlocks access to extra points, helping...

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Sep 2 8:41 AM, General News


Chipotle Tests Plant-Based Chorizo in Select Markets

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced its latest menu innovation, Plant-Based Chorizo, is in test in Denver and Indianapolis. Plant-Based Chorizo is the brand's first new plant-based protein option since the debut of Sofritas® in 2014.

All Plant-Based, For Real
Over the past year, Chipotle's culinary team has worked relentlessly to develop a Plant-Based Chorizo recipe that aligns with the brand's industry-leading Food with Integrity standards and delivers a craveable plant-based protein using only real ingredients.

Chipotle's breakthrough new Plant-Based Chorizo has the...

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Aug 19 10:17 AM, General News


QDOBA Mexican Eats Promotes Eric Williams to Chief Operating Officer

QDOBA announced the promotion of Eric Williams, a seasoned foodservice industry executive with more than 30 years of experience, to chief operating officer. Previously, Williams served as vice president of franchise & license operations, and in his new role will oversee more than 740 QDOBA locations across the U.S. and Canada and support QDOBA franchise owners, ultimately ensuring the company's continued overall success.

"Since joining QDOBA, Eric has proven to be an exceptional leader capable of taking on additional responsibility," said Keith Guilbault, CEO of QDOBA. "He has provided valuable insight to...

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Aug 19 8:28 AM, General News







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