Captain D's Names Chief Financial Officer

Nashville, Tenn.Captain D's LLC, the leading fast-casual seafood restaurant, has hired Keith Davis to join its executive team as CFO. Davis will be responsible for the development and execution of financial strategies to support the company's business plans, while also leading the finance and IT departments.

World of Beer To Open First International Location

Tampa, Fla. — World of Beer, the Tampa, Fla.-based craft tavern concept featuring 550+ craft and international beers, has signed a franchise agreement to expand internationally for the first time. The new tavern will be located in Shanghai, China, and is slated to open in the second quarter of 2016. Franchisee Cong Yin and his two partners plan to open at least three locations in Shanghai over the next 3 years.

Operational Efficiency

Using paper and pencil or electronic spreadsheets for food safety audits is old school. Automated, mobile, cloud-based technology is the new ingredient for success.

Freedom of Expression

Mellow Mushroom takes “unique” to a whole new level — from the way it bakes its pizza to its free, anti-corporate culture and hippy-inspired store design and decor.

Papa Murphy’s To Double Alabama Expansion

Vancouver, Wash.Papa Murphy’s Holdings, Inc. has signed expanded store development agreements with Waterman Acquisition Company, LLC to develop an additional 12 new Papa Murphy’s pizza stores in Huntsville and Birmingham, Ala., and two stores in Raleigh, N.C., over the next 4 years. Currently there are 42 Papa Murphy’s stores located in Alabama and North Carolina.

Arby’s Plans 138 New Restaurants; Adds To Executive Team

Atlanta — Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. (ARG), parent company of the franchisor of the Arby’s brand, has signed several recent franchise development agreements beginning late fourth quarter 2015 through March 15, 2016 for the development of 138 new restaurants. This news follows a strong year of development for Arby’s in 2015 with 61 new restaurant openings and 179 remodels system-wide.

FOCUS Brands Inc. Names Chief Financial Officer

Atlanta — FOCUS Brands Inc. has appointed Michael Dixon as chief financial officer for its more than 5,000 ice cream shops, bakeries, restaurants and cafes through its affiliate brands, which include Auntie Anne's®, Carvel®, Cinnabon®, McAlister's Deli®, Moe's Southwest Grill® and Schlotzsky's®.

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