Buffalo Wings & Rings Hires Industry Veteran as COO

Cincinnati — Cincinnati-based Buffalo Wings & Rings has hired industry veteran Joe Dominiak as the brand's new chief operations officer. Most recently executive vice president and managing partner at Skyline Chili, Dominiak brings a proven track record and expertise for growing the national footprints of restaurant companies to the role as Buffalo Wings & Rings continues its mission to strategically expand across the country.

The Pie Hole Signs 10-Unit Deal for Saudi Arabia

Los AngelesThe Pie Hole, a fast growing gourmet pie and coffee shop, has solidified a multi-unit franchise agreement to bring its signature specialty pies to Saudi Arabia. The deal gives exclusive rights to the territory to local franchisee Abdulrhman Alrajhi, who will begin with a 10-unit development plan. Alrajhi has sights set on opening the first location of The Pie Hole in Saudi Arabia’s capital city, Riyadh, but is looking for additional sites in territories throughout the entire country.

The Hummus & Pita Co. Begins National Expansion With First Franchised Opening

Brookfield, Conn. — The Hummus & Pita Co., one of the country’s leading and fastest growing Mediterranean fast-casuals, will mark the official start of national expansion with the opening of its first franchised store in Brookfield, Conn., on August 11, 2018. The brand’s newest outpost is part of a franchise deal inked earlier this year. This marks the first of five grand openings in five new markets.

Firehouse Subs Opening First Restaurant in Alaska

Fairbanks, Alaska — Firehouse Subs is opening its first Alaska location in Fairbanks on August 8, 2018, under the ownership of Greg and Catharine Persinger. This is the first restaurant for the Persingers, who are fourth- and fifth-generation Alaskans. For the Firehouse Subs brand, Alaska marks its 45th state.

Saladworks Opens First Atlanta Location

Atlanta — Saladworks, the nation's leading salad-centric franchise brand, has opened its first Atlanta-area location, with extensive plans to develop the market, perhaps with at least 20 locations. Atlanta-area markets under consideration include Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Buckhead, Midtown and Perimeter. The company hopes to have at least a dozen stores open in the next 3 years.

Back Yard Burgers Taps Operations Veteran as New CEO

Nashville, Tenn. — Back Yard Burgers has hired Scott Shotter as its new chief executive officer. Axum Capital Partners, Back Yard Burgers' private equity firm, selected Shotter for his proven track record in operations and success in guest loyalty and team building strategies.

Fransmart Welcomes Chief Operating Officer

Alexandria, Va. — Fransmart, a leading restaurant franchise development company, has hired veteran business leader Dustin Snyder as chief operating officer. In this newly created position, Snyder will optimize and maximize the company’s franchise marketing and sales productivity, further enhance process automation, and continue to build Fransmart’s team of professionals.

Peet's Coffee Appoints New CEO

Emeryville, Calif. — Peet's Coffee® has appointed Kenneth C. (Casey) Keller, Jr. as chief executive officer, effective August 6, 2018. He will succeed Dave Burwick, who had served as CEO since 2012.

L.A.-based Locali Expands Footprint to the East Coast

Miami — Locali, a popular Los Angeles-based healthy convenience concept, has recently signed a multi-unit franchise agreement with Viable Foods, LLC to expand the rapidly-growing brand into the greater South Beach/Miami area. This deal marks the first expansion outside California for Locali, which plans to introduce its innovative ‘healthy convenience’ model to markets nationwide.

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