DineEquity Rebrands as Dine Brands Global

Glendale, Calif. — DineEquity Inc., the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar® and IHOP® concepts, has rebranded itself as Dine Brands Global, Inc. The company also has a new 5-year growth plan, as well as new operational and financial goals.

Dog Haus Makes Tennessee Debut

Nashville, Tenn. — On February 17, 2018, Dog Haus Biergarten opened its first Tennessee location, on Broad Street in Murfreesboro. The California-based concept is renowned for its gourmet hot dogs, sausages, burgers and one-of-a-kind creations — made using all-natural vegetarian-fed pork, chicken and beef raised without antibiotics or hormones.

Dunkin’ Donuts Opened More Than 86 Non-Traditional Locations in 2017

Canton, Mass. — Dunkin’ Donuts’ franchisees opened more than 86 new non-traditional locations across the country in 2017. The brand continues to open restaurants throughout the hotel sector, including a Great Wolf Lodge location in Bloomington, Minn., and two restaurants in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino located in Las Vegas and Biloxi, Miss. Other notable non-traditional partnerships throughout 2017 include a three-unit deal with Price Chopper in Kansas and the opening of 12 rest stop and travel center restaurants.

Chipotle Names Taco Bell CEO as its Next Chief Executive

Denver — Chipotle Mexican Grill’s board of directors has appointed Brian Niccol as chief executive officer and a member of the board, effective March 5, 2018. Niccol most recently served as CEO of Yum! Brands' Taco Bell division, where he was responsible for the highly successful turnaround of the business.

Goalz Restaurant Group Appoints VP of Operations

Cheyenne, Wyo. — Goalz Restaurant Group, recently formed franchise operator for Captain D’s, Church’s Chicken and Dog Haus, has appointed Jeron Boemer as vice president of operations in Arizona. In addition, Boemer is partnering with Goalz to develop Dog Haus locations in Tempe, Ariz., Colorado Springs, Colo., and Castle Rock, Colo.

BRIX Holdings Names Operations Executive as its New CEO

Dallas — BRIX Holdings, LLC has named long-time operations executive Craig Erlich as CEO, effective immediately. The current BRIX Holdings franchise portfolio includes the Red Mango® Yogurt Café Smoothie & Juice Bar, Smoothie Factory® Juice Bar, RedBrick Pizza® Kitchen Cafe, Souper Salad® and Greenz® chains.

Carl's Jr. Opens First-Ever Manhattan Restaurant

Franklin, Tenn. — On January 31, 2018, global burger chain Carl's Jr. opened its first-ever Manhattan restaurant at 425 7th Ave., opposite Madison Square Garden. In addition to its full food menu, the two-story restaurant will serve a selection of local and national beer and wine.

Subway® Names Director of Global Operations

Milford, Conn. — Subway® restaurants has promoted Tracy Steinwand to the role of director of global operations. In her new role, she will lead all aspects of Subway's global operations, including restaurant and field operations, and transforming the customer experience in restaurant.

Playing With Fire

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