Johnny's Italian Steakhouse to Expand in Wisconsin

Sun Prairie, Wis. — Johnny's Italian Steakhouse plans to expand in the state of Wisconsin. Johnny's currently has a foothold in the state with two existing locations in Eau Claire and Middleton. Its newest restaurant is projected to open in Sun Prairie, Wis., in August. The growing restaurant franchise plans to bring five additional locations to the area over the next 3 years.  

Pei Wei Debuts New Restaurant Design

Las Colinas, Texas — Pei Wei fans in and around Las Colinas, Texas, will be the first to experience the leading fresh Pan-Asian brand’s new prototype restaurant. The Las Colinas restaurant is the Pei Wei Restaurant Support Center’s flagship location. The restaurant recently closed for dine-in business during its massive interior remodel project and is now back open for business.

Dippin’ Dots and Doc Popcorn to Debut in China

Paducah, Ky. — More than 3 years in the making, Dippin' Dots and Doc Popcorn will debut in China for the first time. America's leading flash frozen beaded ice cream company and the largest franchisor of fresh-popped popcorn plan to open six locations by this fall and a total of 10 by May 2019.

Pizza Inn Opens New PIE Prototype in Houston

Houston — On June 6, 2018, Pizza Inn opened its new convenient grab-and-go unit, PIE, inside a 24-hour travel center near the Hobby Airport in Houston. The non-traditional location gives customers a fast, convenient experience when picking up their favorite hot pizza.

B.GOOD Appoints New CEO

Boston — B.GOOD, which offers great tasting, locally sourced burgers, bowls, salads and smoothies, has appointed Chris Fuqua as the company’s new chief executive officer. He assumes day-to-day leadership of the company following more than 8 years at Dunkin’ Brands, where he served in a variety of leadership roles including marketing, operations, supply chain and strategy.

Chipotle to Relocate Headquarters to Southern California

Denver — Chipotle Mexican Grill plans to relocate its headquarters, currently in Denver, to Newport Beach, Calif. Functions within the current Denver office will either be consolidated in Chipotle's existing office in Columbus, Ohio, or moved to the new headquarters in Newport Beach.

Fransmart Hires Restaurant Industry Veteran

Alexandria, Va. — Fransmart, the leading global franchise developer behind the explosive growth of The Halal Guys and Five Guys Burgers & Fries, has brought on industry veteran Michael D’Arezzo. As part of the Fransmart team, D’Arezzo will assist Fransmart’s founder and president, Dan Rowe, in developing and growing the company’s existing portfolio of emerging restaurant brands.

Shipley Do-Nuts to Open First New Orleans-Area Location

Houston — Shipley Do-Nuts recently celebrated the much-anticipated opening of its first location in the New Orleans area in historic Old Metairie, La. The company will continue to expand in Louisiana and has plans to enter Lafayette and Baton Rouge in the next 12 months.

Jersey Mike’s Adds to Real Estate Team

Manasquan, N.J. — Jersey Mike's Subs has added two new members to its real estate team: Paul Williams as director of real estate for South Central markets and Cortney Rickle as director of real estate, Northeast. Following the opening of 170 stores in 2017, Jersey Mike's is on the fast track to develop more than 200 stores this year.

Paula Deen's Family Kitchen to Open at OWA In Foley, Alabama

Savannah, Ga. — Paula Deen and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians plan to open Paula Deen's Family Kitchen at OWA, an entertainment destination in Foley, Ala. OWA, located minutes from Coastal Alabama's beaches, spans 520 acres and includes a 21-ride amusement park, an indoor arcade, a 150-room Marriott TownePlace Suites, 16 outdoor Sports Fields, 65,000-square-foot indoor event center, and 168,000 square feet of retail and dining opportunities.

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