New York City — Just 5 months after opening its largest restaurant in the country in Manhattan, Chick-fil-A has opened a second location in the heart of Midtown at West 46th Street and 6th Avenue.
Las Vegas — The LINQ Promenade, Caesars Entertainment's open-air shopping, dining and entertainment district located at the center of the Las Vegas Strip, is opening a new In-N-Out Burger — marking the restaurant’s first location on the Strip.
Jackson, Miss. — Fast-casual Newk’s Eatery will open its centennial restaurant in Lake Charles, La., on April 4 — the first Newk’s franchise location for Southeast Restaurant Group, a veteran operator of franchise and independent restaurants, and the third restaurant nationwide to feature Newk’s “Generation 2” restaurant design.
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.
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.
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Canton, Mass. — Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc., the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, has appointed five new vice presidents to its management team.
New Hartford, N.Y. — Jack in the Box Inc. has selected PAR Technology Corporation’s PAR EverServ® hardware and service solutions for all of its Jack in the Box® and Qdoba Mexican Grill® corporate stores and has named PAR as the approved hardware terminal vendor for all franchise locations.
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.
Joliet, Ill. — Mahoney Environmental, a leading recycler of cooking oil for over 60 years, has received the "2015 Vendor of Excellence" award from Buffalo Wild Wings (BWW), a leading national restaurant chain with more than 1,000 locations in North America.
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.
Jackson, Miss. — As a part of Newk’s Eatery’s plan to double in size by 2019, the fast-casual brand has promoted Adam Karveller to Newk’s vice president of information technology and Keith Moody to vice president of franchise operations. Both Karveller and Moody collectively bring more than 40 years of experience in the IT and restaurant operations industries to the brand.
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®.
New Hartford, N.Y. — Giardino Gourmet Salads has selected PAR Brink POS software for its corporate and franchised stores. ParTech Inc. (PAR) is a leading global provider of point-of-sale (POS) and food safety solutions to the restaurant industry and subsidiary of PAR Technology Corporation. Giardino’s is a fast-casual salad chain with 12 locations, based in southern Florida.