CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. Names CEO

Franklin, Tenn. — CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. (CKE), parent company of Carl’s Jr.® and Hardee’s®, has named Jason Marker as the company’s new chief executive officer. Most recently president of Kentucky Fried Chicken® U.S. (KFC), Marker has extensive domestic and international QSR experience. He is expected to start as CEO in April.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe To Open First Locations In Idaho

Atlanta — Tropical Smoothie Cafe, the leading fast casual cafe concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, has signed a franchise agreement to open four restaurants in Idaho, with the first cafe slated to open in Boise this June. The new restaurants will mark the brand's entry into the state and will be owned and operated by KMP TSC, LLC, comprised of longtime entrepreneurs and husband-and-wife team, Kory and Michelle Pukash.

Zoup! Opens 100th Restaurant

Southfield, Mich. — Zoup!, a leading fast-casual soup concept restaurant, got its start in 1998 with a single restaurant in Southfield, Mich. On March 16, 2017 the flagship Zoup! welcomed a second location to Southfield, marking yet another momentous milestone: the opening of its 100th restaurant.

DineEquity, Inc. Names President Of Applebee's

Glendale, Calif. — DineEquity, Inc., the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar® and IHOP® restaurants, has appointed John Cywinski as president, Applebee's, effective March 9, 2017. He rejoins the company from Brinker International.

Captain D’s To Open 18 New Restaurants

Nashville, Tenn.Captain D's, a leading fast-casual seafood restaurant, has signed agreements to expand the brand's presence in Illinois, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky. As part of this aggressive growth, the company will open 18 new restaurants over the next several years.

DineEquity CFO Resigns

Glendale, Calif. — DineEquity, Inc., the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar® and IHOP®, has accepted the resignation of its chief financial officer, Thomas W. Emrey, effective March 15, 2017. Emrey is leaving to accept the CFO position at Munchkin, Inc., a leading global infant products lifestyle brand.

Eddie V's Set To Debut in Pittsburgh this March

Pittsburgh — Renowned seafood restaurant Eddie V's will open in Pittsburgh on March 6, 2017. The new, 274-seat restaurant will open in the historic Union Trust Building, joining the architectural landmark that recently underwent a $100 million restoration.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Opens Michigan's 50th Location

Atlanta — Tropical Smoothie Café will open the state of Michigan's 50th location in Portage on March 4, 2017. This restaurant, located at 230 W. Milham Ave., will mark the second location in the region for franchisees Eduardo Ramos and Corina Groeger, as well as a milestone achievement for area developers Craig and Dianne LeMieux, and Debbie King, who have successfully helped to expand the brand's presence throughout Michigan since 2005.

Retailers & Restaurants Save Energy With 75F

Minneapolis — 75F, the predictive and proactive analytics cloud-based software platform designed to optimize HVAC and lighting, is rolling out to 34 Rockler retail locations across the nation and upwards of 20 Border Foods locations.

Togo's Names Chief Concept Officer

San Jose, Calif. — Togo's Eateries, LLC has named Glenn Lunde chief concept officer (CCO). Lunde joins Togo's with more than 25 years of experience in the restaurant and retail business. He will lead marketing, brand strategy and concept development for the sandwich chain.  

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