Franchising Franks

— By Katie Lee — Pasadena, California-based Dog Haus is entering new markets through franchising and partnerships with Kitchen United and Live Nation.   Dog Haus is an emerging new restaurant concept that, frankly, isn’t that new. But it is

Juice It Up! Taps Jamba Veteran to Lead Operations

Irvine, Calif. — Juice It Up!, one of the nation’s leading handcrafted smoothie, raw juice and superfruit bowl chains, has appointed Susan Taylor as vice president of operations. Leveraging over 26 years of experience in the restaurant industry, Taylor has

Bojangles’ Names New Chief Development Officer

Charlotte, N.C. — Bojangles’, Inc. has hired Jose R. Costa as its first chief development officer, reporting to CEO Jose Armario. In this new role, Costa will be responsible for driving the overall unit growth of the company, recruiting new

Potbelly to Open 10 Locations in Las Vegas

Las Vegas — Potbelly Sandwich Shop has signed a franchise agreement to open 10 shops in the Las Vegas market. Eric Persson, an experienced, multi-brand restaurant operator and owner, will be bringing Potbelly to the area. The deal marks the

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Promotes EVP to CFO

Dallas — Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has named Jessica Wescott as chief financial officer. She previously served as the executive vice president of finance for the Baja-inspired franchise. Wescott began her career in wealth management before moving into the franchising world

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Opens 800th Location

Atlanta — Tropical Smoothie Cafe, a leading national fast-casual cafe concept, is opening its 800th location. The location will open on September 6, 2019 in Arlington Heights, Ill. This milestone opening comes on the heels of a tremendous growth year

Blink Fitness Inks Multi-Unit Deals Representing Nearly 40 Units

New York City — Blink Fitness, a premium-quality, affordable fitness concept, has hit its stride with multi-unit franchising. In the past few months, Blink has signed three major franchise development agreements representing nearly 40 units in Sacramento, Calif.; Boston and

Potbelly Sandwich Shop Plans 38 New Franchise Units

Chicago — Potbelly Corporation, a neighborhood sandwich shop concept, has signed three new franchise agreements. Over the last 6 months, the company signed franchise agreements that, when fully built out over the coming years, will nearly double its franchise footprint

Newk’s Eatery Signs 18-Unit Development Agreement

Jackson, Miss. — Newk’s Eatery plans an 18-restaurant expansion across Texas and Oklahoma over the next few years. Openings are slated for 10 Dallas area locations, as well as eight Oklahoma locations throughout Oklahoma City, Norman, Moore and Stillwater. “We’re

Take 5™ to Open 400th Location in September

Charlotte, N.C. — Take 5 Oil Change, a drive-thru quick lube franchise under the Driven Brands family, will open its 400th location in September. Last year, the brand celebrated its 300th-store milestone and has rapidly grown its footprint nationwide by

Blink Fitness Appoints President of Franchising

New York City — Blink Fitness, a premium-quality, value-based fitness concept, has appointed franchising industry veteran Thomas Flaherty as president of franchising, a newly created position. In this role, Flaherty will oversee the entire franchise business, including directing the brand’s

Togo’s Expands its New Prototype

San Jose, Calif. — Beginning in March, Togo’s store of the future — named Togo’s 3.0 — started gaining momentum thanks to the completion of both physical and operational renovations at its Emeryville, Fremont and San Jose, Calif., stores. The

Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh Plans to Grow by 50 New Restaurants Annually

Denver — Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, a leading fast-casual Mediterranean franchise concept, has launched an aggressive franchise growth initiative to increase its presence across the U.S. Planning to add 50 new locations to the brand’s development pipeline annually, expansion will focus

Blink Fitness Builds Franchise Growth Momentum

New York City — Blink Fitness, a premium-quality, value-based fitness concept, has launched a focused franchise initiative targeting key U.S. markets. The strategy targets six regions, including Charlotte, N.C.; Dallas-Fort Worth; Phoenix; Raleigh, N.C.; Las Vegas and Kansas City. The

Celebrity’s Soul Food Plans 200-Restaurant National Rollout

Ocala, Fla. — Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Celebrity’s Soul Food has selected Southlake, Texas-based N3 Real Estate and affiliates as its exclusive national developer and master broker for the United States. N3 will be responsible for all aspects of Celebrity’s real

Chef Anthony Russo Unveils Russo’s New York Italia Pizza Kitchen & Brewery

Houston — Russo’s New York Pizzeria, the nation’s only chef-driven New York-style, Italian restaurant and pizzeria franchise concept, announces its latest franchise opportunity: an authentic Italian microbrewery. Conceptualized by Chef Anthony Russo, Russo’s New York Italia Pizza Kitchen & Brewery

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Opens 750th Location

Atlanta — Tropical Smoothie Cafe, LLC, a leading national fast-casual cafe concept, is opening the 750th location in its system on May 17, 2019 in Sugar Land, Texas. This major milestone showcases Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s rapid growth and sets the

Potbelly Sandwich Shop Opens First California Location

Irvine, Calif. — Potbelly Sandwich Shop opened its first shop in California on May 6, 2019. The new shop in Irvine, a franchise location, is located at the Walnut Village Center. First announced in August 2018, this is the first