Wahlburgers Signs Major Development Deals

Boston — Wahlburgers, the better burger restaurant founded by Chef Paul Wahlberg with celebrity brothers Mark and Donnie, has signed franchise deals with five new franchise groups to open over 30 stores in several major metro markets in Massachusetts, California, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina. Seven restaurants are currently open, with three more slated within the next few months in Boston's Logan Airport, Las Vegas and Philadelphia.

Brinker International Names EVP of Strategic Innovation

Dallas — Brinker International, Inc. has named John Cywinski as executive vice president of strategic innovation, effective March 7, 2016. Cywinski has held multiple leadership positions at Yum! Brands, Inc., Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar®, McDonald's Corporation, BURGER KING® and The Walt Disney Company. Most recently, he served as president of KFC U.S.

Smashburger Plans To Expand in Casinos

DenverSmashburger, the rapidly expanding better burger restaurant, plans to add additional casino locations across the country. The following restaurants are scheduled to open in spring and fall 2016, bringing the brand's casino-based location count to four restaurants.

Carrabba's Italian Grill Names New President

Tampa, Fla. — Bloomin' Brands, Inc. has appointed Mike Kappitt as president of Carrabba's Italian Grill. In this role, Kappitt will be responsible for leading the operations and development of the Carrabba's brand in the United States. Kappitt most recently served as the senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Bloomin' Brands.

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