BurgerFi To Open First College Location This Summer

North Palm Beach, Fla., and Philadelphia — BurgerFi, one of the nation's fastest growing, all-natural "better burger" restaurant concepts, has signed a franchise agreement with Philadelphia-based Aramark. The global dining services partner will operate BurgerFi’s first college campus location at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Jack in the Box Inc. CFO To Retire

San Diego — Jerry Rebel plans to retire as Jack in the Box Inc.’s chief financial officer in 2018. The company will begin an external search for a new CFO, and Rebel will continue to serve as CFO until after the appointment of a successor.

Fazoli's Expanding With New Locations in Travel Centers

Lexington, Ky.Fazoli's, America's largest fast-casual Italian restaurant brand, has signed an agreement with the TA Restaurant Group, a division of TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA® and Petro Stopping Centers® travel center brands, to bring its restaurants to highway travelers across the country.

Panera Bread To Be Sold For $7.5 Billion

St. Louis — Panera Bread Company and JAB have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which JAB will acquire Panera for approximately $7.5 billion. The agreement has been unanimously approved by Panera's board of directors.

Darden Restaurants To Acquire Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen for $780 Million

Orlando, Fla. — Darden Restaurants, Inc. has agreed to acquire Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen (Cheddar's) for $780 million in an all-cash transaction. Cheddar's will add to Darden's portfolio of differentiated brands, which currently includes Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Yard House, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V's.

GTM Architects Collaborates on Design of 6 New Sugar Factory Locations

Bethesda, Md. — GTM Architects, an award-winning residential and commercial architectural firm, has completed some design work with Sugar Factory American Brasserie at six new locations across the U.S., including three that recently opened: a 9,000-square-foot restaurant in Chicago, Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., and its largest restaurant in Las Vegas.

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.

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