Captain D's Names New COO and VP of Company Operations

Nashville, Tenn. — Captain D's has expanded its leadership team, promoting company veterans Tim Ward and Andy Castle to chief operating officer and vice president of company operations, respectively. Additionally, the company promoted David Rentschler to director of operations for the Nashville-Knoxville-North SC district and Jen Daley to Knoxville area director.

The World’s Largest Hot Dog Chain® Names New President

Irvine, Calif. — After more than 15 years learning every aspect of the family business, J.R. Galardi has assumed the role of president of Galardi Group (GGI), the parent company of Tastee-Freez, Hamburger Stand and Wienerschnitzel, the iconic Southern California-based hot dog chain with 331 restaurants in 10 states and Guam.

Pizza Inn Unveils New Express Concept

Dallas — After almost 60 years in business, Pizza Inn has launched a new prototype for a non-traditional licensing model called Pizza Inn Express, or PIE for short, that will give customers a fast, seamless experience when picking up their favorite hot pizza.

Panda Express To Open 2,000th Restaurant Worldwide

Rosemead, Calif. — Panda Express, which first opened on the West Coast in 1983, will open its 2,000th location in New York City on December 7, 2017. For nearly 35 years, the family-owned restaurant has continued to expand its footprint around the world.

Subway Names VP of Global Brand Management & Innovation

Milford, Conn. — Subway® restaurants has hired Len Van Popering to join the company as vice president of global brand management and innovation. Van Popering is charged with driving Subway's ongoing global transformation through food innovation (including core menu items, snacks and beverages), brand positioning, visual identity and channel development (including delivery, catering and mobile ordering).

Chipotle Begins Search for New CEO

Denver — Steve Ells, chairman and CEO of Chipotle Mexican Grill — and the founder of the company in 1993 — is stepping aside as CEO. Ells will become executive chairman following the completion of a search to identify a new CEO.

Key Properties Breaks Ground on Hanover Crossroads Restaurant Pad Site

Cedar Knolls, N.J. — The groundbreaking for a stand-alone building that will house two restaurants at Hanover Crossroads marks the final phase of construction for the 107,000-square-foot Morris County, N.J., shopping center. IHOP and Mangiamo’s, an Italian eatery with catering services, will occupy the 8,650-square-foot structure, according to owner/developer Key Properties.

Lifestyle Brand

Zoës Kitchen goes out of its way to create not just a Mediterranean cuisine destination, but a way of life — with a new prototype debuting in 2018.

Famed New York Pizza Concept Expanding to New Jersey

New York City — Artichoke Basille’s Pizza, the rapidly expanding New York artisanal pizza concept, has signed a five-unit franchise deal to bring Artichoke Basille’s Pizza to New Jersey. The New Jersey stores will be located in Hoboken, Jersey City, New Brunswick, Princeton and Newark.

Fazoli’s Adds 3 Franchise Veterans to Executive Team

Lexington, Ky. — Fazoli’s, America's largest fast-casual Italian chain, has appointed three industry veterans to the company’s corporate leadership team: Jeff Sturgis as chief development officer, Rodney Lee as chief financial officer and Jodie Conrad as vice president of marketing.

Lindt Opens New Chocolate Shop at Opry Mills

Nashville, Tenn. — Premium Swiss chocolatier Lindt opened its newest Lindt Chocolate Shop at Opry Mills in Nashville, Tenn., on November 17, 2017. The Lindt Chocolate Shop features an array of premium Lindt chocolate offerings including over 20 flavors of the iconic LINDOR truffle, EXCELLENCE premium dark chocolate bars, exclusive Master Chocolatier Specialties and holiday gifts.

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