Denny’s Expands Partnership with Restaurant Technologies

Minneapolis — Restaurant Technologies is expanding its partnership with Denny’s AWashington Group, installing its total oil management system in 21 total locations. With fried foods comprising more than 44% of the Denny’s menu, the total oil management technology enables this popular dining spot to maintain the food quality and experience that diners expect.

Eddie V's To Debut In Kansas City

Kansas City, Mo. — Eddie V's will open in Kansas City on October 24, 2016. The new, 9,800-square-foot restaurant will open in the Country Club Plaza district, joining the thriving shopping and nightlife destination.

Back Yard Burgers Opens Restaurant of the Future and New Prototype

Nashville, Tenn. — Back Yard Burgers has opened its new prototype and restaurant of the future in Gulfport, Miss. The new restaurant, which is owned by Back Yard Burgers’ largest franchise partner, Ridgeland, Miss.-based Resolute Brands LLC, is the first to feature the new Back Yard Burgers logo, exterior and interior signage, interior color scheme and décor, open kitchen design, furnishings, outdoor patio and more.

Pie Five Opening First Restaurant in Knoxville

Dallas — Pie Five Pizza Co. will enter Knoxville, Tenn., with the opening of its newest restaurant on October 21, 2016. Located at 9313 Kingston Pike, the opening marks the first Pie Five location in Knoxville and the eighth opened by veteran Applebee's franchisees Fred Gustin and Kurt Guttshall.

Popeyes Plans Western Canada Expansion

Atlanta — Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc., the franchisor and operator of Popeyes® restaurants, will expand into Western Canada with franchisees opening locations across Edmonton and Calgary by the end of 2017.

Biscuitville Names CFO

Greensboro, N.C. — Biscuitville FRESH SOUTHERN®, a local, family-owned restaurant known for its Southern-style breakfasts and lunches, has hired Kevin Bennett as chief financial officer.

Twin Peaks To Sell Majority Interest To Largest Franchisee

Dallas — Twin Peaks has agreed to sell a majority interest in the company to its largest franchise group, Atlanta-based La Cima Restaurants, which currently owns and operates 15 Twin Peaks sports lodges across six southern states. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Chicken Salad Chick To Open First Nashville Area Location

Auburn, Ala. — Chicken Salad Chick, a Southern-inspired, fast-casual chicken salad restaurant concept, will be expanding in Tennessee with its first location in the Nashville market in Murfreesboro. The new restaurant will open on October 11, 2016. This company-owned location marks the third Chicken Salad Chick restaurant in Tennessee.

Baked by Melissa Names New CEO

New York City — Baked by Melissa, the New York City-based bakery famous for its bite-size cupcakes, has appointed Seth Horowitz as the company's new chief executive officer.

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. 

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