Pie Five Signs First International Development Agreement

Dallas — Pie Five Pizza Co. will soon be expanding beyond the U.S. In a new master development partnership with Ali Shahid Butt and his partners at AR Pizza, LLC, Pie Five will open its first international location in Pakistan in 2018, with up to 40 more locations over the next 7 years.

New Coastal Dining Concept From BBRG Opens at Westfield Siesta Key

Sarasota, Fla. — A new restaurant is now open in Siesta Key: BRAVO Coastal Bar & Kitchen. Built from the ground up, BRAVO Coastal Bar & Kitchen is a distinctive twist on two popular restaurants: BRAVO Cucina Italiana and BRIO Tuscan Grille. Located at Westfield Siesta Key in Sarasota, Fla., the restaurant opened on August 31, 2017.

Real Mex Restaurants Names New CFO

Cypress, Calif. — Real Mex Restaurants, a leading operator of full-service Mexican restaurants, including Chevys Fresh Mex, El Torito, Acapulco and Pink Taco, has appointed Judd Tirnauer as chief financial officer, effective immediately. He joins Real Mex from Wet Seal.

Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip Opens First C-Store Location

Des Plaines, Ill. — Nestlé® Toll House® Café by Chip®, the popular international bakery café chain, has opened its newest location at 1605 South River Rd. in Des Plaines, Ill. It is the only Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip now open in a convenience store that also doubles as a gas station.

Le Duff America Begins U.S. Launch of Brioche Doree

Dallas — Le Duff America, the Dallas-based parent company of la Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe, has nearly completed the brand's refranchising initiative it announced in March and is focusing on companywide expansion, including the U.S. launch of the global cafe brand Brioche Doree.

Popbar Opens First Location in Phoenix

Phoenix — Popbar, the maker of customizable, handcrafted frozen treats, founded in New York City in 2010, has opened its first location in Phoenix at Westgate Entertainment District. The company currently has 24 locations.

Sonic Appoints Chief Brand Officer

Oklahoma City — Sonic Corp., the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants, has appointed Jose A. Dueñas as executive vice president and chief brand officer. He joins the company from Olive Garden.

DineEquity Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

Glendale, Calif. — DineEquity, Inc., the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar® and IHOP® restaurants, has appointed Stephen P. Joyce as its new chief executive officer, effective September 12, 2017. He joins DineEquity from Choice Hotels, where he served as CEO.

Rita's Italian Ice Tests New Store Concept

Trevose, Pa. — Rita's Italian Ice has a new test store concept in select markets — Rita's Italian Ice & Creamery — starring a rotating menu of new hand-scooped frozen custard, alongside Rita's signature Italian ice and other ‘cool treats.’ Ten new Creamery locations will open this year.

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