CEC Entertainment, Inc. Expands Peter Piper Pizza Leadership Team

Dallas — CEC Entertainment, Inc., a nationally recognized leader in family dining and entertainment, has appointed Mahesh Sadarangani to president of Peter Piper Pizza, effective immediately. Sadarangani joins a strong and tenured leadership team, which includes operations led by Mark Eastham and finance led by Rex Moffett. In this role, he will oversee strategic business development and growth.

Dunkin’ Brands Continues Growth in Colorado with 19 New Locations

Canton, Mass. — Dunkin’ continues to focus on growth and development efforts outside of the Northeast, recently signing six development agreements for nearly 20 new units in Colorado. Over the next few years, 15 Dunkin’ restaurants will be developed throughout the state, along with three multi-brand Dunkin’/Baskin-Robbins locations and one standalone Baskin-Robbins location.

Grupo Anderson's Selling its Iconic Señor Frog's Brand

Cancun, Mexico — Grupo Anderson's, a Mexican hospitality industry leader, plans to sell its iconic fun themed restaurant brand Señor Frog's in the U.S. The group owns and operates restaurants and bars located in the main cities and tourist destinations in Mexico, the United States and the Caribbean. Currently they have five Señor Frog's business units in the country: Myrtle Beach, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando and San Juan (Puerto Rico).

FM Restaurants Appoints CEO and CFO

New York — FM Restaurants HoldCo, LLC, an affiliate of Z Capital Group, LLC, a leading alternative asset manager of opportunistic, value-oriented private equity and credit funds, has appointed Randy Sharpe as chief executive officer and Ned Algeo as chief financial officer.

Fuzzy's Taco Shop Names New COO

Fort Worth, Texas — Fuzzy's Taco Shop, the Baja-style taco joint founded near the TCU college campus in 2001, has named industry veteran David Catalano as chief operating officer. Most recently, he was COO at Logan's Roadhouse.

Plans Unveiled for Waterfront Restaurant Row in Miami

Miami, Fla. — Focusing on the Miami River and breathtaking views of downtown Miami and the sunset, River Landing has unveiled plans for a ‘restaurant row’ along the river. The 25,500-square-foot restaurant space on the ground floor can be divided into seven concept restaurants, including fine dining, fast-casual, café or bistro, and family-style dining. Restaurant Row will reinforce the Miami River’s identity as an experiential dining destination. The river is currently home to some of Miami’s most popular restaurants.

Taco Bell Realizes Significant Savings Using Delaget Software

Saint Louis Park, Minn. — To demonstrate the effectiveness of its loss prevention and labor efficiency solution in Taco Bell franchises, Delaget analyzed key operational metrics of high-adoption users of the software as compared to Taco Bell franchisees not using the software. The results indicate a significant improvement in key metrics tied to loss, as well as substantial soft-cost savings.

Sonic Corp. to be Acquired by Inspire Brands for $2.3 Billion

Oklahoma City and Atlanta — On September 25, 2018, Sonic Corp. and Inspire Brands, Inc. entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Inspire will acquire Sonic for $43.50 per share in cash in a transaction valued at approximately $2.3 billion including the assumption of Sonic’s net debt.

PJ's Coffee of New Orleans to Bring First Location to Maryland

Silver Spring, Md. — PJ's Coffee of New Orleans, a New Orleans-based coffeehouse, has signed a multi-unit agreement to bring five locations to Maryland, northern Virginia and Washington D.C. within the next 4 years. The first location is projected to open in mid-October in Silver Spring, Md.

Roy Rogers Returns to Long Island With 7-Unit Development Agreement

Frederick, Md. — Roy Rogers® Restaurants has signed an agreement with Burger Brothers Restaurant Group, a multi-brand franchise developer with locations throughout Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens, to open seven new restaurants throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties, as well as Queens. The Western-themed quick-service concept plans to open its first new restaurant on Long Island in fall 2019.

CEC Entertainment, Inc. Appoints New CFO

Dallas — CEC Entertainment, Inc., which operates Chuck E. Cheese's and Peter Piper Pizza restaurants, has appointed James "Jim" A. Howell as chief financial officer, effective September 17, 2018. Howell will replace Dale Black, who is retiring effective September 21.

Jersey Mike’s Opens Two Non-Traditional Outlets

Manasquan, N.J. — Jersey Mike’s Subs opened two non-traditional restaurants the last week of August. The first opened on August 27 on the campus of Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J. The second opened the next day inside Washington Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. (pictured)

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