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.
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.
Canton, Mass. — Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with new franchisee Sharooz Setareh to develop three new ice cream shops in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills over the next few years.
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.
Milan, Italy and Chicago — Effective September 1, 2016, Filippo Berti has assumed the role of chief executive officer for the Ali Group.
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.
Stafford, Texas — Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen in Chicago has chosen POSsible POS' software and hardware as its point of sales solution.
El Paso, Texas — Following its announcement in May that it would be growing from 29 to 100 locations by 2019, Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar, a Dallas-based casual dining concept that combines a family-friendly restaurant and sports bar under one roof, is well on its way to achieving its goal with several recent openings and franchise signings.
Atlanta — Huddle House will acquire 15 restaurants from franchisee Litco Petroleum and operate them as corporate locations beginning August 31, 2016.
Mobile, Ala. — On August 31, 2016, The Wendy’s Company and its franchisee, the Wendco Group, will receive national recognition from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) with a visit and tour of the newly rebuilt Wendy’s restaurant in Mobile, Ala., to showcase the company’s innovations in reducing energy use. Wendy’s has cut energy use by 37% at the Mobile location.
Jackson, Miss. — Newk’s Eatery has named Michael Clock the chain’s new CFO. He will closely manage Newk’s financial trajectory, deliver crucial brand support and guide financial communications for Newk’s as it gears up to nearly double in size by 2019. This aggressive growth plan will see the brand expanding from its current 103 locations to approximately 200 units within 3 years.
Detroit — Campbell Oil Company, owners of the Minuteman Food Mart/Marathon convenience store, partnered with Little Caesars Enterprises, Inc. to open the first Little Caesars Express site in the nation in June 2016, located inside one of its convenience stores in Supply, N.C.
Aventua, Fla. — The board of directors of Benihana Inc., operator of Benihana, RA Sushi and Haru Sushi restaurants, has named Thomas J. Baldwin its new chief executive officer and president. Baldwin will be based in Aventura, Fla., and responsible for Benihana's 100 Benihana, RA Sushi and Haru Sushi restaurants as well as the 10 Benihana franchised restaurants.
Houston — Transwestern represented MOD Pizza in 11 new leases in Houston, bringing the retailer to 15 open and planned Houston locations. To date, MOD is operating close to 150 stores across the U.S. and the United Kingdom and plans to open 50 more stores by the end of 2016, including five U.K. locations.
Miami — Amicon Construction Management (ACM) is managing the construction of three Rubio’s Coastal Grill locations in South Florida. San Diego-based Rubio’s has more than 200 locations in the southwestern U.S. Rubio’s first South Florida location — also its first on the East Coast — will be located in downtown Miami and is expected to be completed this fall.