Firehouse Subs Opening First Restaurant in Alaska

Fairbanks, Alaska — Firehouse Subs is opening its first Alaska location in Fairbanks on August 8, 2018, under the ownership of Greg and Catharine Persinger. This is the first restaurant for the Persingers, who are fourth- and fifth-generation Alaskans. For the Firehouse Subs brand, Alaska marks its 45th state.

Saladworks Opens First Atlanta Location

Atlanta — Saladworks, the nation's leading salad-centric franchise brand, has opened its first Atlanta-area location, with extensive plans to develop the market, perhaps with at least 20 locations. Atlanta-area markets under consideration include Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Buckhead, Midtown and Perimeter. The company hopes to have at least a dozen stores open in the next 3 years.

Back Yard Burgers Taps Operations Veteran as New CEO

Nashville, Tenn. — Back Yard Burgers has hired Scott Shotter as its new chief executive officer. Axum Capital Partners, Back Yard Burgers' private equity firm, selected Shotter for his proven track record in operations and success in guest loyalty and team building strategies.

Fransmart Welcomes Chief Operating Officer

Alexandria, Va. — Fransmart, a leading restaurant franchise development company, has hired veteran business leader Dustin Snyder as chief operating officer. In this newly created position, Snyder will optimize and maximize the company’s franchise marketing and sales productivity, further enhance process automation, and continue to build Fransmart’s team of professionals.

Peet's Coffee Appoints New CEO

Emeryville, Calif. — Peet's Coffee® has appointed Kenneth C. (Casey) Keller, Jr. as chief executive officer, effective August 6, 2018. He will succeed Dave Burwick, who had served as CEO since 2012.

L.A.-based Locali Expands Footprint to the East Coast

Miami — Locali, a popular Los Angeles-based healthy convenience concept, has recently signed a multi-unit franchise agreement with Viable Foods, LLC to expand the rapidly-growing brand into the greater South Beach/Miami area. This deal marks the first expansion outside California for Locali, which plans to introduce its innovative ‘healthy convenience’ model to markets nationwide.

B.GOOD Names New CMO

Boston — B.GOOD, an industry pioneer in providing great tasting, locally sourced burgers, bowls, salads and smoothies, has named Brent Feldman as the company’s new chief marketing officer. Previously, Feldman spent the majority of his career as an advertising agency executive, with a focus on the food and beverage industry.

Dunkin' Brands Names New CEO

Canton, Mass. — Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc., the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts (DD) and Baskin-Robbins (BR), has appointed David Hoffmann as its new chief executive officer, effective immediately. He will also serve on the company's board of directors and remain president of Dunkin' Donuts U.S. The members of the Dunkin' Brands leadership team will now report to Hoffmann, who is succeeding Nigel Travis. Travis is retiring from the role he has held since January 2009.

Edible Arrangements Names New CEO

Atlanta — Edible Arrangements®, the world’s largest franchisor of shops offering creatively designed fresh cut fruit arrangements and all-natural, fresh fruit snacks and dipped treats, has named QSR industry veteran Mike Rotondo its chief executive officer. Previously, he was CEO of Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

FAT Brands Completes Acquisition of Hurricane Grill and Wings for $12.5 Million

Los Angeles — FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc. has successfully completed the previously announced acquisition of Hurricane Grill & Wings for $12.5 million, which was funded through a combination of $8 million in cash and $4.5 million in preferred stock. With the acquisition of Hurricane, FAT Brands now franchises more than 325 restaurants around the world with annual system-wide sales exceeding $350 million.

Red Lobster and DoorDash Expand Partnership Across North America

Orlando, Fla. — Red Lobster®, the world's largest seafood restaurant company, has expanded its partnership with last-mile logistics platform DoorDash to make delivery more accessible. Together with DoorDash, delivery will be available from more than 300 Red Lobster locations across the U.S. and Canada by mid-July.

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