Popbar Opens First Location in Phoenix

Phoenix — Popbar, the maker of customizable, handcrafted frozen treats, founded in New York City in 2010, has opened its first location in Phoenix at Westgate Entertainment District. The company currently has 24 locations.

Sonic Appoints Chief Brand Officer

Oklahoma City — Sonic Corp., the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants, has appointed Jose A. Dueñas as executive vice president and chief brand officer. He joins the company from Olive Garden.

DineEquity Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

Glendale, Calif. — DineEquity, Inc., the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar® and IHOP® restaurants, has appointed Stephen P. Joyce as its new chief executive officer, effective September 12, 2017. He joins DineEquity from Choice Hotels, where he served as CEO.

Rita's Italian Ice Tests New Store Concept

Trevose, Pa. — Rita's Italian Ice has a new test store concept in select markets — Rita's Italian Ice & Creamery — starring a rotating menu of new hand-scooped frozen custard, alongside Rita's signature Italian ice and other ‘cool treats.’ Ten new Creamery locations will open this year.

The Local Pizzaiolo Launches Neo-Neapolitan Pizza Concept

Atlanta — The Local Pizzaiolo, a new Neapolitan-inspired pizzeria, is opening four locations across Atlanta. Italy native and globally acclaimed Neapolitan Pizza Master Giulio Adriani will serve as the Master Pizzaiolo and will train the ‘local pizzaioli’ who will maintain quality and taste at the individual restaurants.

110 Grill To Open More Than 10 New Restaurants

Boston — With eight existing locations, including six in Massachusetts and two in New Hampshire, 110 Grill looks to bring at least four additional locations by the end of 2017 and six in 2018. This accelerated growth is a testament to its “scratch kitchen” approach, upscale-casual concept and integration within communities.

Pie Five Pizza Debuts New Prototype Design

Dallas — On August 2, 2017, Pie Five Pizza Co., the fast-casual concept known for its customizable pizzas, debuted its updated, contemporary logo and new restaurant design at its newest location in Plano, Texas.

Through $1.3 Billion JV Acquisition, Starbucks Will Operate All Starbucks Stores in Mainland China

Seattle — Starbucks Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the remaining 50% share of its East China (East China JV) business from joint venture partners, Uni-President Enterprises Corporation (UPEC) and President Chain Store Corporation (PCSC) for approximately $1.3 billion in cash consideration in the largest single acquisition in the company’s history.

Pei Wei Names New Vice President of IT

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Pei Wei has appointed Chris Andrews as vice president of information technology. He brings to Pei Wei comprehensive, executive experience in leading IT teams, developing leading-edge technology solutions and implementing new platforms.

Keeping It Real

Jason’s Deli enters its 41st year operating on the same company principle it was founded upon: putting real value on customers’ plates by serving real, quality food.

Fazoli’s To Open First South Dakota Restaurant

Lexington, Ky. — Fazoli’s, America's largest fast-casual Italian chain, has opened its newest franchised restaurant in Sioux Falls, S.D., marking the brand’s first location in the state. The new restaurant is set to open on Aug. 1, 2017.

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