Panda Express To Open 2,000th Restaurant Worldwide

Rosemead, Calif. — Panda Express, which first opened on the West Coast in 1983, will open its 2,000th location in New York City on December 7, 2017. For nearly 35 years, the family-owned restaurant has continued to expand its footprint around the world.

Subway Names VP of Global Brand Management & Innovation

Milford, Conn. — Subway® restaurants has hired Len Van Popering to join the company as vice president of global brand management and innovation. Van Popering is charged with driving Subway's ongoing global transformation through food innovation (including core menu items, snacks and beverages), brand positioning, visual identity and channel development (including delivery, catering and mobile ordering).

Chipotle Begins Search for New CEO

Denver — Steve Ells, chairman and CEO of Chipotle Mexican Grill — and the founder of the company in 1993 — is stepping aside as CEO. Ells will become executive chairman following the completion of a search to identify a new CEO.

Key Properties Breaks Ground on Hanover Crossroads Restaurant Pad Site

Cedar Knolls, N.J. — The groundbreaking for a stand-alone building that will house two restaurants at Hanover Crossroads marks the final phase of construction for the 107,000-square-foot Morris County, N.J., shopping center. IHOP and Mangiamo’s, an Italian eatery with catering services, will occupy the 8,650-square-foot structure, according to owner/developer Key Properties.

Lifestyle Brand

Zoës Kitchen goes out of its way to create not just a Mediterranean cuisine destination, but a way of life — with a new prototype debuting in 2018.

Famed New York Pizza Concept Expanding to New Jersey

New York City — Artichoke Basille’s Pizza, the rapidly expanding New York artisanal pizza concept, has signed a five-unit franchise deal to bring Artichoke Basille’s Pizza to New Jersey. The New Jersey stores will be located in Hoboken, Jersey City, New Brunswick, Princeton and Newark.

Fazoli’s Adds 3 Franchise Veterans to Executive Team

Lexington, Ky. — Fazoli’s, America's largest fast-casual Italian chain, has appointed three industry veterans to the company’s corporate leadership team: Jeff Sturgis as chief development officer, Rodney Lee as chief financial officer and Jodie Conrad as vice president of marketing.

Lindt Opens New Chocolate Shop at Opry Mills

Nashville, Tenn. — Premium Swiss chocolatier Lindt opened its newest Lindt Chocolate Shop at Opry Mills in Nashville, Tenn., on November 17, 2017. The Lindt Chocolate Shop features an array of premium Lindt chocolate offerings including over 20 flavors of the iconic LINDOR truffle, EXCELLENCE premium dark chocolate bars, exclusive Master Chocolatier Specialties and holiday gifts.

Applebee's Appoints New Chief Operations Officer

Glendale, Calif. — Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar® has promoted Kevin Carroll, a restaurant operator with nearly three decades of experience, to senior vice president, chief operations officer, reporting directly to John Cywinski, president, Applebee's.

Kellogg's To Open Permanent Cereal Café in New York

Battle Creek, Mich. — Building on its first year of success in Times Square, Kellogg's® NYC Café will open the doors of its immersive new brick-and-mortar cereal café and experience on December 7, 2017 in New York City’s Union Square neighborhood.

Quaker Steak & Lube Promotes VP of Operations and Franchise Services

Westlake, Ohio — Quaker Steak & Lube® has promoted Bruce Lane to vice president of operations and franchise services. Lane joined the company earlier this year as vice president of franchise services and has been a fundamental part of TA Restaurant Group's ongoing plans to reinvigorate the 43-year-old brand and grow Quaker Steak & Lube into a nationally recognized concept through franchising.

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