Southfield, Mich. — Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc., the largest franchisee for Buffalo Wild Wings® and creator and operator of Bagger Dave's Burger Tavern®, intends to split into two separate, publicly-traded companies through the tax-free spinoff of its Bagger Dave’s business to DRH stockholders. The company previously announced on May 24, 2016 that it was evaluating strategic alternatives for its Bagger Dave’s restaurants and brand.
Kansas City, Mo. — The Wendy's Company has selected Service Management Group (SMG) to measure the customer experience in all of its North America and international restaurants. SMG is a global leader in customer experience (CX) measurement, helping more than 350 brands around the globe to listen, understand and act on feedback and behavioral data.
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Atlanta — Tropical Smoothie Cafe recently kicked off a prominent brand refresh in an effort to reflect the company's evolution since its founding in 1997. The rebranding is propelled by the rollout of a new restaurant design at Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations nationwide, which exudes a relaxed coastal atmosphere.
Broomfield, Colo. — Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom’s franchise partners are reinvesting an average of $150,000 into refreshing 37 existing franchised restaurants. This effort will include renovations to the interior and exterior of existing franchised restaurants, as well as upgrades to the dining room and beer equipment.
Atlanta — FOCUS Brands welcomes Ken Chen as senior vice president and managing director of Asia Pacific. In his new role, Ken will continue to grow FOCUS Brands' current retail business in existing markets, as well as expand the portfolio in China, Australia, Indonesia and others. Cinnabon® and Auntie Anne's® are currently leading international growth efforts, followed by Carvel®, Moe's Southwest Grill® and Schlotzsky's®.
Lake Forest, Calif. — Johnny Rockets, a global operator and franchisor of more than 350 Americana-themed restaurants in 28 countries around the world, has named John Maguire as president and CEO. Maguire assumes this role in addition to his current position as president and CEO of FIC Restaurants, Inc. (Friendly's).
New Hartford, N.Y. — ParTech, Inc. (PAR), a leading global provider of point-of-sale (POS) and food safety solutions to the restaurant industry, has been selected by Lenny’s Subs® to provide its Brink POS® software as the approved POS solution for all of Lenny’s Subs’ 105 locations.
Dallas — RAVE Restaurant Group, Inc. has appointed Clinton Coleman, a current member of the company's board of directors, as interim chief executive officer. The board has retained the executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles to conduct a search for a permanent CEO. Coleman is succeeding Randy Gier through a mutual agreement between all parties.
Edmond, Okla. — After celebrating the opening of its 50th location earlier this year, Jimmy's Egg Franchise Systems (JEFS) has signed six new area development agreements for 52 new restaurants to be built in Kansas, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Nebraska and Iowa.
Denver — America's hot sandwich pioneer Quiznos has selected Susan Lintonsmith as its new chief executive officer. Most recently, she was global chief marketing officer for the brand.
Canton, Mass. — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, has signed a development agreement with existing franchisee Precision Hospitality & Development to develop eight new restaurants in Los Angeles. The first restaurant is planned to open in 2018.
Jackson, Miss. — Newk’s Eatery has inked a new development agreement with franchisee C^2 Investment Partners, LLC. The multi-unit operator will open six Newk’s locations in the Atlanta area over the next 4 years and has purchased the existing Newk’s on Briarcliff Road in Atlanta.
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