Jon Smith Subs Begins Franchising Outside of South Florida

Oviedo, Fla. — South Florida's original home of fresh-grilled steak, chicken and other premium subs blazed a new trail in the restaurant industry when new franchise owners, Troy and Tina Ather, opened their first Jon Smith Subs franchise on September 25, 2017 in Oviedo, Fla.

Air Apparent

For Boston-area pizzeria, an air curtain proves to be the most effective and less costly indoor air comfort alternative to vestibules and fabric curtains.

Golden Corral Plans New Restaurant Design

Raleigh, N.C. — Golden Corral, the nation’s largest grill-buffet chain, plans a major redesign of its restaurants. The first new building prototype, called Gateway, is under construction in Greensboro, N.C., and will open later this year. The Gateway design is intended to allow Golden Corral to provide an enhanced experience for its guests, as well as a more efficient operating platform for its operators.

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.

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