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ASAP.com & Chipotle Mexican Grill Sign Major Food Delivery Agreement
ASAP.com, the on-demand delivery brand for Waitr Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: ASAP), has announced a national food delivery agreement with Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG). Effective immediately, ASAP.com will begin delivery from Chipotle restaurants in many markets.
The partnership with Chipotle, one of the leading fast-casual restaurants in the US, is a significant move for ASAP.com as the company evolves from a regional company to a national one under the new ASAP brand name.
“The new agreement with Chipotle immediately boosts our appeal to a wider audience as we grow...
In-N-Out Burger Wins Consumer Favor in Market Force Information's New Study
In-N-Out Burger has topped the competition for best burger experience in a Quick Serve Restaurant (QSR) according to Market Force Information's new 2022 QSR / Fast Casual Study.
Market Force surveyed 5,173 consumers about their most recent restaurant experience to understand how 53 of America's top brands performed when it comes to customer satisfaction and why.
The study ranks restaurants on a variety of factors and then compares brands across categories of cuisines.
"This year, In-N-Out Burger ranked supreme in the burger category..."
Chipotle Opens 500th Chipotlane® Restaurant
Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced the opening of its 500th restaurant with a Chipotlane®, the brand's digital order drive thru pick-up lane. Located in Louisville, Kentucky, the milestone opening underscores the brand's ongoing commitment to driving access and convenience to real food made with true culinary every day.
"We are thrilled to celebrate this landmark Chipotlane opening," said Tabassum Zalotrawala, Chief Development Officer. "Chipotlanes are the digital drive thru of the future and a key piece of our growth strategy as we plan to more than double our restaurant..."
BurgerFi International Inc. Launches First Ever Franchising of Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza & Wings
BurgerFi International Inc., owner of one of the nation's leading fast-casual "better burger" dining concepts through the BurgerFi brand, and the high-quality, casual dining pizza brand under the name Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza & Wings ("Anthony's"), announced today it has entered into a multi-unit development agreement with NDM Hospitality Services, LLC, an innovator in the travel and dining industries. The agreement will franchise three Anthony's locations in Florida over the next two years.
"This groundbreaking deal celebrates the first franchise for Anthony's..."
Panera Targets Expansion in Urban Markets Driven by Portfolio of Digitally-Led Bakery-Cafe Formats
Panera Bread, a leader and innovator in the fast casual restaurant segment, today announced the opening of its updated urban store format in New York, the newest of several new formats targeted at more densely populated and non-traditional trade areas. With digital sales at Panera now representing 50% of total system sales, Panera now offers a portfolio of store formats designed to cater to the needs of an increasingly digital and off-premise guest. With more than 3 million average transactions each week from...
Freddy's Features All-New French Onion Steakburger & OREO® Cookie Peppermint Shake for Limited Time
Fast-casual restaurant concept, Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers®, announced today the launch of its new limited-time holiday menu items featuring the French Onion Steakburger and OREO® Cookie Peppermint Shake. Both limited-time offers are available Nov. 2 through Jan. 3 or while supplies last. The cooked-to-order French Onion Steakburger is prepared with two sizzling patties topped with Swiss cheese, grilled and crispy onions, bacon and creamy French Onion sauce.
"Our FredHead fans always anticipate what limited-time offers we'll be..."
Panera Bread Debuts Refreshed Grocery Packaging and Expands Suite of Products
Today, Panera Bread (“Panera”) has announced a suite of new, elevated packaging for its line of grocery products, along with the launch of several exciting new additions to its portfolio. Panera offers a diverse range of grocery products, including bakery-cafe favorites across categories including Refrigerated Soup, Refrigerated Mac & Cheese, Refrigerated Dressing, Artisan Bread, Sliced Bread and Bagels.
Panera’s new packaging for its grocery products has been energized with the most updated Panera brand elements and features a more prominent logo, the use of Panera’s iconic green to help...
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Announces Chef Josh Diekman as Director of Culinary and Executive Chef
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop announces Chef Josh Diekman as Director of Culinary and Executive Chef of the growing taco shop brand. The Texas-based restaurant group is recognized for their Baja-style fare with nearly 150 franchise- and corporate-owned locations in 18 states.
Chef Diekman has been the creative force behind Fuzzy’s Taco Shop’s successful and innovative limited time offerings since 2018 before joining the brand full-time earlier this year. Prior to joining Fuzzy’s, Diekman served as the Corporate Executive Chef at Land O‘Lakes where...
QDOBA Mexican Eats® Introduces Brisket Birria
QDOBA, a leading fast-casual Mexican restaurant, is bringing the true flavors of Mexico and the hottest trend from food trucks in the U.S. to its menu with the introduction of Brisket Birria, made with tender, shredded beef brisket slow cooked for 10 hours in chiles and garlic to infuse authentic Mexican flavors. With the new protein option, guests can create their own entrée with Brisket Birria or enjoy two new chef curated recipes: the QuesaBirria Quesadilla and QuesaBirria Burrito, both of which layer Brisket Birria with QDOBA's much loved 3-cheese queso...
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Adds New Saucy Brisket Poblano Taco to its Menu for a Limited Time
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop announces the addition of the Saucy Brisket Poblano Taco to its menu, available for a limited time. The new taco offers a twist on Fuzzy’s famous Butt Burnin’ sauce with the addition of Dr Pepper, providing the perfect sweet and spicy combination with each bite.
The Saucy Brisket Poblano Taco is prepared with the shredded brisket drizzled with a special Butt Burnin’ sauce blended with Dr Pepper and topped with roasted poblano peppers, house-pickled red onions, avocado slices, Fuzzy’s signature...
Saladworks Encourages Guests to Let Their Originality Shine Through Menu Customization
Nation's Leading Fast-Casual Salad Brand Encourages Guests to Customize Their Meals and Adds Three New Soups This Fall
Saladworks, the nation's leading fast-casual create-your-own salad franchise and part of the WOWorks family of better-for-you restaurant brands, announced it will be encouraging guests to let their originality shine by customizing their meals. Saladworks also has a variety of soups to choose from for guests to enjoy more comfort food options during the fall season.
Guests have the option to customize their salad...
Baja Fresh Introduces New Poblano and Mexi-Poblano Burritos
Baja Fresh Mexican Grill® (www.BajaFresh.com), the fast-casual Mexican food chain, is introducing two new menu items this month featuring the rich flavor profile of poblano peppers. Additionally, the popular Chicken Tortilla Soup is returning to stores just in time for some cooler weather.
The Poblano Burrito features roasted chile poblano, your choice of chicken or steak, mixed cheese, poblano sauce, avocado slices and pico de gallo wrapped in a flour tortilla. The Mexi-Poblano Burrito includes roasted chile poblano, your choice of chicken or steak, mixed cheese, poblano sauce...
BurgerFi Launches New Campaign to Further Strengthen Positioning
Inspired by its successful 11-year track record of rapid growth and innovation, BurgerFi has launched a new brand campaign. 'AmpliFi Your Appetite' brings together the unique taste and quality of BurgerFi's all-natural burgers using fresh, responsibly sourced ingredients to satisfy cravings and highlight the brand's commitment to amplify appetites with every bite.
"BurgerFi is setting the bar high for zero-compromise standards when it comes to satisfying cravings," said Patrick Renna, President at BurgerFi. "This new positioning will amplify the unique flavors and quality of..."
Fat Boy's Pizza Has Big Plans to Expand Through Franchising
Fat Boy's Pizza – the New Orleans-based fast casual, multi-dimensional pizza franchise with a strong focus on family-friendly experiences is looking to expand its brand nationwide through the announcement of new franchise opportunities. Fat Boy's Pizza cultivates a fun, high energy environment at each location, welcoming families of all kinds. With six locations open so far in the South Louisiana region and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the company has two additional units under construction in New Orleans and two under construction in Houston, Texas. The brand looks to have eight...
Market Force Measures QSR Customer Loyalty in 2022
The Quick Serve and Fast Casual Restaurant industry had clear winners and losers over the past two tumultuous years, according to Market Force Information's 2022 Quick Serve Restaurant (QSR) / Fast Casual Study.
Market Force surveyed 5,173 consumers about their most recent restaurant experience to understand which brands are consumer favorites and why.
Preliminary data shows how 53 brands scored on Market Force's Customer Loyalty Index (CLI). The CLI score measures customer satisfaction and how likely customers are to recommend a brand.
Chick-Fil-A and In-N-Out came out on top...
Smashburger® Unveils New Menu Item with Launch of Chicken Wings
In time for football season, Smashburger®, the better burger fast casual restaurant, has introduced a new line of chicken wings, offering three new wing flavors that span from spicy to savory. Available for a limited time at participating locations nationwide starting today, the wings are freshly made to order, and hand tossed with BBQ, Scorchin' Hot or Garlic Rosemary. To 'kick off' the launch, Smashburger will offer a special promotion from Tuesday, October 4 through Friday, October 7, giving guests a free order of wings with any...
Buona Expands Its Fast Casual Italian Beef Restaurant with Crafted Franchise Partner Program
Largest Family-Owned and Operated Italian Beef Restaurant Now Franchising, Unique Opportunity for Experienced Entrepreneurs, Investors who Share Buona Values
Buona, maker of Chicago's original Italian beef, has today announced the expansion of the Buona family with its new franchise partner program, Chicago's Original Italian Beef Franchising LLC. The program brings Buona's diverse menu offerings, anchored by its award-winning Italian Beef, to high-growth markets in the Midwest, Florida, Texas, Colorado, Tennessee and Arizona. It provides experienced entrepreneurs and seasoned investors the opportunity to...
Gen Zs Favor Quick Service Restaurants, Particularly Fast Casual Restaurants
Fast casual menus are more aligned with Gen Z’s food preferences and values
Older Gen Zs, ages 18-24, in the U.S. are discerning when choosing restaurants. Although price matters to this group, their taste preferences and definition of value dictate the type of restaurants they visit, reports The NPD Group. As a result, Gen Zs skew towards quick service restaurants, particularly fast casual, that balance value and focused menu.
In the 12 months ending July 2022, Gen Zs made 5 billion restaurant visits, 4.3 billion visits were to quick...
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Celebrates National Taco Day with $1.50 Select Tacos All Day and a More!
On National Taco Day – Tuesday, October 4 – Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will offer select $1.50 tacos all day*. Head to your favorite Fuzzy’s and celebrate with a breakfast taco or Baja taco (or both) and be entered for a chance to win free tacos for a year!
Enjoy your $1.50 tacos on a Fuzzy’s patio with a House Margarita or an ice-cold schooner of beer. The special National Taco Day pricing is also valid on select tacos for takeout and online...
Next Level Burger Raises $20M to Fuel the Future of Plant-Based Restaurants
Next Level Burger, the nation’s first 100% plant-based burger joint chain, a phenomenon known for its crave-worthy vegan take on American burger joint classics, today announced it has successfully raised a $20 million funding round. Lead investors include a strategic organic and natural foods partner, private high-net-worth, mission-driven shareholders, as well as early stage vegan investor power couple Alex Payne, formerly of Twitter and Simple Bank, and Nicole Brodeur as minority stakeholders.
The capital infusion helps support Next Level Burger’s...
Chipotle Introduces New Garlic Guajillo Steak Across the U.S., Canada and the Metaverse
Chipotle Mexican Grill ( NYSE: CMG) today announced its new Garlic Guajillo Steak will be available at Chipotle restaurants across the U.S. and Canada, and virtually in the metaverse, for a limited time. The brand's latest menu innovation introduces an entirely new flavor profile to Chipotle's menu featuring tender cuts of steak seasoned with the bold flavors of garlic and guajillo peppers. Earlier today, Chipotle became the first restaurant brand to officially unveil a new menu item in the metaverse by debuting Garlic Guajillo Steak...
MOD Pizza Brings the Heat This Fall With New Sizzlin’ Chicken Sausage Pizza
MOD Super Fast Pizza Holdings, LLC (“MOD Pizza”, “MOD” or the “Company”), the purpose-led, people-first, fast casual pizza pioneer, announced its limited-time fall menu offering – the Sizzlin’ Chicken Sausage Pizza – available September 12 through November 6, 2022, at all 500+ MOD locations system-wide*.
The Sizzlin’ Chicken Sausage Pizza adds a kick to an Italian classic, incorporating traditional Italian elements – red sauce, fresh basil, ricotta and parmesan cheese, freshly sliced tomatoes - topped with Spicy Chicken Sausage.
The newest seasonal pizza is available...
QDOBA Mexican Eats Debuts its Food to Austin, Texas through New Ghost Kitchen Partnership
QDOBA®, a leading fast-casual Mexican restaurant, is bringing its vibrant and flavorful food to Austin, Texas through the first of two ghost kitchens in the area. In partnership with national ghost kitchen operator, REEF Technology, QDOBA's Austin debut allows an increased number of QDOBA food lovers across the city to conveniently indulge in its tasty menu offerings. Ghost kitchens, also known as delivery-only restaurants, are commercial kitchens optimized for food delivery service apps such as Uber Eats and Postmates...
Chili's Debuts Expansive Happy Hour & Bar Menu In Time For Football Season
Right now every football fan is thinking this year is going to be their year, and Chili's® Grill & Bar wants each diehard fanatic to know that they're right. Why? Because Chili's is staking its claim as the bar destination this season, lining up a brand-new happy hour and drink menu exclusively available at our bar. When is that happy hour? Well, here's the kicker (pun intended): when football is on, happy hour is on at Chili's (subject to local requirements).
With the menu we've cooked...
Baja Fresh Rolls Out Permanent Plant-Based Menu Additions
On the heels of the initial launch last July, Baja Fresh Mexican Grill® (www.BajaFresh.com), the fast-casual Mexican food chain, is adding Impossible™ Meat Made From Plants to its permanent menu. The current lineup of Impossible™ dishes will continue to be available in stores nationwide. Additionally, guests will now be able to select Impossible meat as the protein on almost any menu item, offering guests familiar, craveable taste and texture to ground beef.
The three Impossible menu staples include:
- Impossible™ Taco Combo – Three tacos with warm, soft...
Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Further Expands Chicagoland Footprint
Fast-casual restaurant concept Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers® announced today the brand's plans to accelerate its growth in Northeast Illinois with the signing of a multi-unit development agreement to bring six new Freddy's restaurants to the region. Leading the new development in Chicagoland is veteran franchisee, Asif Poonja of JAM Equities. The announcement builds on the development success Freddy's had in Chicagoland earlier this year, adding 13 new locations to its pipeline for the market in Q1.
"The development success we've been able to achieve in Chicagoland is a testament..."
Chipotle IQ is Back With 500,000 BOGOs For Brand Scholars
Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced it is bringing back Chipotle IQ, a trivia game that tests fans' knowledge of Chipotle's ingredients, leading food standards, fresh preparation, culinary techniques, sustainability efforts, and community engagement. This year's game will give Chipotle superfans the chance to win one of 500,000 BUY-ONE-GET-ONE (BOGO) offers.
Each day this week at 9am PT, Chipotle will offer BOGOs to the first 100,000 fans who score a 10 out of 10 on Chipotle IQ. Fans with a perfect score will unlock an extra credit question...
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...
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..."
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...
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..."
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...
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..."
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...
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...
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...
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..."
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' FoodFood 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...
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..."
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...
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..."
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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..."
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...
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...
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...
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..."
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...
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..."
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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..."
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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..."
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..."
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%...
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...
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...
"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...
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...
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...
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..."
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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