Yum! Brands Completes Acquisition of The Habit Restaurants, Inc.

Louisville, Ky. — Yum! Brands, Inc. has acquired The Habit Restaurants, Inc., following the approval by The Habit Burger Grill stockholders. The transaction marks the addition of the first fast-casual concept to Yum! Brands’ portfolio of iconic global restaurant brands.

Jersey Mike’s Plans 17 New Restaurants in the DMV

Washington, D.C. — Jersey Mike’s Subs has been rapidly expanding throughout the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia (“DMV”) region with the help of real estate partner KLNB. In total, KLNB has closed 17 deals for Jersey Mike’s across the DMV

GFG Bakery-Café is Opening its First Franchise Location

Philadelphia — Greek from Greece (GFG) Bakery-Café, the authentic Greek fast-casual phenomenon, has finalized a deal to open its first franchise location. Franchisee Dimitri Gouliaberis plans to open the new location this summer at a site near Drexel University in

Slim Chickens to Open More Than 30 Restaurants in 2020

Fayetteville, Ark. — Slim Chickens, which features dine-in and drive-thru in the “better chicken” segment, plans to open more than 30 restaurants in 2020 alone. Franchise locations are slated to open in new domestic markets including Maryland, New Jersey, Florida

Mountain Mike’s Pizza Expands in Orange County with New Prototype

Newport Beach, Calif. — Mountain Mike’s Pizza, a leading Southern California-based family-style pizza chain, will open two new restaurants featuring the brand’s updated prototype and refreshed guest experience this spring in Costa Mesa and Fountain Valley, Calif. The decision to

Second Century Growth

— Interview by Katie Lee —   As A&W approaches the second year of its second century of operation, it looks to a promising future while also honoring its iconic past.   With almost 1,000 locations open in the U.S.

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes Plans 14 New Locations in 2020

Dallas — MOOYAH Burgers Fries & Shakes, a “better burger” fast-casual franchise, plans continued expansion into new markets and a revamped restaurant model. In 2020, MOOYAH will be opening 14 new locations, all of which will feature the new prototype

Slim Chickens to Open First Florida Locations in the Spring

Panama City, Fla. — Slim Chickens, a leading fast-casual franchise which features dine-in and drive-through in the “better chicken” segment, plans to open its first location in Florida in the spring. The forthcoming restaurant, which will be in Panama City,

Jersey Mike’s Opens on University Campus in New Jersey

Montclair, N.J. — Jersey Mike’s Subs recently opened on the campus of Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J. The sub shop is run by the school’s foodservice partner, Montclair State Dining through Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services. This is Jersey

Sylvan Learning Plans to Open 40 New Locations in 2020

Baltimore — Sylvan Learning, a supplemental and enrichment education brand, is gearing up for explosive growth. With its proven model and 40-year rich brand awareness, Sylvan today has more than 750 points of presence. This year, it plans to open

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes Opens New Restaurant Prototype

Hoover, Ala. — MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes, a fast-casual, “better burger” franchise brand, has opened the brand’s first restaurant with its new remodel design. The restaurant, which opened on Feb. 10, 2020 in Hoover, Ala., marks the third MOOYAH

Noodles & Company Plans 10-15 New Units in 2020

Broomfield, Colo. — Noodles & Company, known for serving classic noodle, Zoodle and Caulifloodle dishes from around the world, has refranchised nine Noodles & Company restaurants in Charlotte, N.C., and Orlando, Fla., to existing franchisee River City Restaurant Group (RCRG).

Mamoun’s Falafel Opens First Restaurant in the South

Atlanta — Mamoun’s Falafel, the fastest growing Middle Eastern fast-casual restaurant in North America and oldest falafel restaurant in New York City, opened its first Atlanta location on February 1, 2020. Located in the West Midtown Center, it is the

Ziggi’s Coffee Plans 16 New Locations in 2020

Longmont, Colo. — Ziggi’s Coffee, with 21 café/drive-thrus across Colorado, Oklahoma and Arizona, plans to open in Pennsylvania, Iowa, Oregon and California — with 16 expected to open in 2020 — as it continues its expansion into new markets. “We’ve

Roy Rogers Restaurants Unveils 2020 Expansion Plans

Frederick, Md. — Roy Rogers® Restaurants has charged into 2020 with a new strategic growth plan aimed at improving performance at existing locations, attracting more high-caliber franchisees, and opening new restaurants in both traditional and non-traditional locations. The company also

Captain D’s Opened 15 Locations in 2019; Plans to Open 25 in 2020

Nashville, Tenn. — Captain D’s, the nation’s leading fast-casual seafood restaurant, achieved significant growth and success in its 50th year, opening 15 new locations and signing 8 franchise development agreements with new and existing franchisees to expand its brand footprint

Saladworks Opens 100th Location, Eyes Ohio for Expansion

Philadelphia — America’s original fast-casual salad concept, Saladworks first opened in 1986 and launched its first franchised location in 2001. After opening its 100th location in Howard Park, Md., on January 6, 2020, Saladworks now plans to expand in Ohio.

Dunkin’ Opens First Airport Mobile Cart Location

Canton, Mass. — Dunkin’, the on-the-go beverage led brand, opened its first airport mobile cart location, called DNKN Go Cart, in the Destin-Fort Walton, Fla., airport on December 23, 2019. Located in concourse B on the second level, the full-service

Dog Haus Debuts New Prototype with First Wyoming Location

Cheyenne, Wyo. — Dog Haus, the craft-casual concept known for its gourmet hot dogs, sausages, burgers and one-of-a-kind creations, will open its first Wyoming location in Cheyenne in early 2020. With this new location, Dog Haus is also introducing its

Famous Dave’s Reveals Smaller Footprint Prototype Restaurant

Minnetonka, Minn. — Famous Dave’s opened the first of its smaller footprint prototype restaurants in Uptown Minneapolis on December 20, 2019. The new restaurant is approximately 3,000 square feet — compared to the average 6,500 to 7,000 square feet —

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Plans More Than 30 New Cafes in Colorado

Atlanta — Tropical Smoothie Cafe®, a leading national fast-casual cafe concept, has signed two multi-unit franchise agreements to develop 38 new cafes across the state of Colorado, including a 27-unit deal and an 11-unit deal. As part of these agreements,

Juice It Up! Broadens California Footprint

Irvine, Calif. — Juice It Up!, one of the nation’s leading handcrafted smoothie, raw juice and superfruit bowl chains, continues to broaden its California presence with recent openings in Ripon and Delano, two rapidly growing communities in Central California. With