Burger 21 Plans Brand Refresh & More Than 20 New Restaurants

Tampa, Fla. — Burger 21® signed six new franchise agreements in 2015, representing six future restaurants, including the brand's first locations in Pennsylvania, Texas and Arkansas. In 2016, the brand will debut its first hybrid, freestanding restaurant and one of the first steps in a brand refresh plan announced last year. Also, to kick off 2016, Burger 21 opened its 21st restaurant in January and has more than 20 franchised restaurants in development in 11 states.

Chick-fil-A To Offer Apple Pay in All Restaurants in 2016

Atlanta — Chick-fil-A has begun the national rollout of Apple Pay, which will provide customers added convenience with an easy, secure and private way to pay. Apple Pay will be introduced in a gradual rollout to each Chick-fil-A restaurant and will be available chainwide by late 2016. 

Togo's Promotes Two C-Level Executives

San Jose, Calif. — Togo's Eateries, LLC has promoted two senior vice presidents to c-level positions. Susan Koch, former senior vice president of finance, has been named chief financial officer, and Todd Peterson, former senior vice president of franchise development, has been named chief development officer. Koch and Peterson will continue to play instrumental roles in the revitalization and expansion of Togo's.

Smashburger Appoints New Chief Development Officer

Denver — Smashburger, the rapidly expanding better burger restaurant, has named Michael J. Nolan as its new executive vice president – chief development officer. Nolan will oversee the company's development (real estate, construction, design, facilities), franchise sales and IT departments, effective immediately.

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