Dickey's Barbecue Pit Signs 12-Store Development Agreement in California

San Diego — Dickey's Barbecue Pit recently signed a 12-store development agreement with Owner/Operator Michael Tucker. Already the owner of the La Quinta Dickey's location, Tucker's agreement originally contained four stores, which are slated to open in Indio, Moreno Valley and Redlands, Calif. The new agreement adds eight stores to the existing four-store deal.

Westech Building Products Teams Up With Panera Bread

Houston, Texas — Westech Building Products, a Westlake Chemical company, has secured the specification to a new corporate project with Panera Bread® eateries where its wood-alternative product will be installed on the façades of several locations in North America.

Chick-fil-A Plans To Expand in Michigan With 15-20 Units

Lansing, Mich. — Chick-fil-A’s long-awaited Michigan expansion will officially get under way on April 19, 2016, with a groundbreaking event at the site of its new Lansing restaurant — the first of 15 to 20 locations the chain expects to open in the state within the next 5 years.

Arby’s Exceeds 2015 Energy Reduction Goal

Atlanta — As of December 31, 2015, Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. (ARG) reached 15.2% total energy reduction per company-owned restaurant from a 2011 baseline, exceeding the “15 Percent By 2015” energy savings goal set by the brand in 2012. 

Famous Dave’s Appoints Chief Financial Officer

Minneapolis — Famous Dave's of America, Inc. has appointed Dexter Newman as chief financial officer, effective immediately. He most recently served as vice president and a division CFO at Bloomin’ Brands Inc., a casual dining company with more than 1,400 restaurants in 49 states.

Captain D's Names Chief Financial Officer

Nashville, Tenn.Captain D's LLC, the leading fast-casual seafood restaurant, has hired Keith Davis to join its executive team as CFO. Davis will be responsible for the development and execution of financial strategies to support the company's business plans, while also leading the finance and IT departments.

World of Beer To Open First International Location

Tampa, Fla. — World of Beer, the Tampa, Fla.-based craft tavern concept featuring 550+ craft and international beers, has signed a franchise agreement to expand internationally for the first time. The new tavern will be located in Shanghai, China, and is slated to open in the second quarter of 2016. Franchisee Cong Yin and his two partners plan to open at least three locations in Shanghai over the next 3 years.

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