Old Chicago To Open Nearly 24 Locations Across 8 States

Broomfield, Colo. — Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom has signed franchise development agreements with three of its existing franchise partners to open nearly two dozen new restaurants. These agreements will grow Old Chicago's footprint across eight states, including Tennessee, South Carolina, Montana, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi.

Pieology Pizzeria Partners with Toast POS

Boston — Toast Restaurant POS, the all-in-one restaurant technology platform, has partnered with Pieology Pizzeria, a leader in the fast-casual pizza segment, to serve as the company’s point-of-sale (POS) platform. The agreement includes Pieology’s nearly 130 restaurants currently in operation as well as future locations, which are expected to reach more than 200 units by 2017.

Dunkin' Brands Names President of Dunkin' Donuts U.S. & Canada

Canton, Mass. — Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc., the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, has named David Hoffmann as president of Dunkin' Donuts U.S. and Canada, effective October 3, 2016. He will report to Nigel Travis, chairman and CEO of Dunkin' Brands, and will serve on the leadership team.

Famous Brands Appoints CEO

Broomfield, Colo. — Famous Brands International, a portfolio company of Z Capital Partners, L.L.C. and the parent company of Mrs. Fields Cookies and TCBY Yogurt, has appointed Dustin Lyman as chief executive officer, effective immediately. 

Super Sonic

SONIC plans to open 50-60 new drive-ins this year, including flexible design concepts like conversions from existing buildings.

Dunkin' Donuts Opens 12,000th Restaurant Worldwide

Canton, Mass. — On September 20, 2016, Dunkin' Donuts opened its 12,000th restaurant worldwide, in the Greater Los Angeles area in Riverside, Calif. With this milestone location, Dunkin' Donuts continues its steady and strategic westward expansion, opening more than 30 new restaurants in California with plans for about 300 new locations total to be developed in the state over the coming years.

Ruby Tuesday Appoints Interim President & CEO

Maryville, Tenn. — The board of directors of Ruby Tuesday, Inc. has, effective immediately, appointed F. Lane Cardwell, Jr. as interim president and chief executive officer following the resignation of James J. “JJ” Buettgen.

Captain D's To Open 9 New Restaurants

Nashville, Tenn.Captain D's has signed franchise development agreements to expand its presence in Georgia, Texas and Virginia. As part of this accelerated growth, the company will open five new restaurants in the Savannah, Ga., market, three in Dallas, and one in Hopewell, Va., over the next several years.

Kneaders Bakery & Café Names New COO

Salt Lake City — Kneaders Bakery & Café has named Neil Checketts as its new chief operating officer, effective immediately. For the past year and since his time with Kneaders, Checketts has served as vice president of food safety and quality assurance.

Burgerim Opening Second U.S. Location

Los Angeles — Globally recognized for its unique patty concept, Burgerim embarks on its U.S. expansion with a second location in Montclair, Calif. The restaurant will be open to the public this month.

Ali Group Names New CEO

Milan, Italy and Chicago — Effective September 1, 2016, Filippo Berti has assumed the role of chief executive officer for the Ali Group.

Fiesta Restaurant Group CEO To Retire

Dallas — President and CEO Tim Taft plans to retire from Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc., parent company of the Pollo Tropical® and Taco Cabana® fast-casual restaurant brands, at the end of the 2016 fiscal year.

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