Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom Plans To Refresh 37 Restaurants

Broomfield, Colo. — Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom’s franchise partners are reinvesting an average of $150,000 into refreshing 37 existing franchised restaurants. This effort will include renovations to the interior and exterior of existing franchised restaurants, as well as upgrades to the dining room and beer equipment.

FOCUS Brands Strengthens Commitment to Asia Pacific

Atlanta — FOCUS Brands welcomes Ken Chen as senior vice president and managing director of Asia Pacific. In his new role, Ken will continue to grow FOCUS Brands' current retail business in existing markets, as well as expand the portfolio in China, Australia, Indonesia and others. Cinnabon® and Auntie Anne's® are currently leading international growth efforts, followed by Carvel®, Moe's Southwest Grill® and Schlotzsky's®.

Johnny Rockets Names President and CEO

Lake Forest, Calif. — Johnny Rockets, a global operator and franchisor of more than 350 Americana-themed restaurants in 28 countries around the world, has named John Maguire as president and CEO. Maguire assumes this role in addition to his current position as president and CEO of FIC Restaurants, Inc. (Friendly's).

Lenny’s Subs Selects PAR Technology’s POS

New Hartford, N.Y. — ParTech, Inc. (PAR), a leading global provider of point-of-sale (POS) and food safety solutions to the restaurant industry, has been selected by Lenny’s Subs® to provide its Brink POS® software as the approved POS solution for all of Lenny’s Subs’ 105 locations.

RAVE Restaurant Group Names Interim CEO

Dallas — RAVE Restaurant Group, Inc. has appointed Clinton Coleman, a current member of the company's board of directors, as interim chief executive officer. The board has retained the executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles to conduct a search for a permanent CEO. Coleman is succeeding Randy Gier through a mutual agreement between all parties.

Jimmy’s Egg Plans 52 New Restaurants

Edmond, Okla. — After celebrating the opening of its 50th location earlier this year, Jimmy's Egg Franchise Systems (JEFS) has signed six new area development agreements for 52 new restaurants to be built in Kansas, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Nebraska and Iowa.

Quiznos Appoints New CEO & CFO

Denver — America's hot sandwich pioneer Quiznos has selected Susan Lintonsmith as its new chief executive officer. Most recently, she was global chief marketing officer for the brand.

A Sweet Deal

Shopping mall veteran Cinnabon sweetens the deal for franchisees, landlords and customers with a hot new prototype and lucrative licensing.

Bloomin' Brands, Inc. Signs Middle East Expansion Agreements

Tampa, Fla. — Bloomin' Brands, Inc. is expanding its international presence with plans to develop 26 Outback Steakhouse and Abbraccio restaurants in the Middle East over the next 5 years. There are currently six Abbraccio restaurants in Brazil with more scheduled to open by the end of the year. Abbraccio is the name used for Carrabba's Italian Grill outside of the U.S.

Huddle House To Open First Location Inside a Hotel

Atlanta — In November 2016, Huddle House will open its first restaurant inside a hotel. The new Huddle House will be part of the Days Inn hotel in East Stroudsburg, Pa., and will become the largest in the system with a footprint of approximately 5,000 square feet.

Brinker International Promotes COO to President of Chili's

Dallas — Brinker International, Inc. has named Kelli Valade president of Chili's® Grill & Bar. Previously, she was COO of the brand. In her new role, Valade will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of domestic restaurant operations, marketing, franchising and PeopleWorks.

Wendy’s To Open First Restaurant in Brazil

Dublin, Ohio — The Wendy's Company plans to enter Brazil this month, with plans for significant restaurant expansion over time. This growth will be driven through Wendy's Brazil, a joint venture formed in 2015 between affiliates of Infinity Services and Starboard, one of Wendy's® largest U.S. franchisees, and a subsidiary of The Wendy's Company. Wendy's Brazil plans to hold the grand opening in mid-July for two restaurants in São Paulo.

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill Plans Up To 10 New Restaurants in South Florida

Miami and Palm Beach, Fla. — Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, a vibrant fast-casual restaurant concept serving creative Mexican food, will expand its presence in South Florida. Two existing franchise groups will each develop three to five restaurants in their respective markets, totaling six to 10 new restaurants in South Florida over the next 5 years.

UFood Grill Plans Self-Order Kiosks at All New Locations

Boston — Ufood Grill has signed an agreement with NEXTEP SYSTEMS to install self-order kiosks at all new locations, effective immediately. The UFood Grill executive team recently debuted the interactive kiosk at the 2016 International Franchise Expo in New York City and received a wonderful reception from attendees.

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