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

Another Broken Egg Cafe Expanding into 3 New States

Orlando, Fla. — Another Broken Egg Cafe plans to open seven new locations by May 2020 as part of its 2020 growth strategy, which includes a focus on targeting experienced, multi-unit franchisees, development in hot new geographies, and further brand

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes Opens in First KidZania USA

Dallas — MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes, a fast-casual “better burger” chain based in Plano, Texas, has partnered with KidZania USA, an interactive 85,000-square-foot indoor “city” for kids ages 6 to 14, to be one of the featured restaurant experiences

California-based Waters Edge Wineries to Open First Florida Location

Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. — Waters Edge Wineries®, an innovative urban winery system, has signed a franchise agreement to open a Waters Edge Winery & Bistro in Sarasota, Fla. This new location will join 11 others already operating throughout California, Colorado,

All in the Family

— By Katie Lee —   At Mamoun’s Falafel, it’s one big, happy (growing) family — with over 40 new franchises soon to join the fold.   As one of the oldest falafel restaurants in New York City, Mamoun’s Falafel

Figs by Todd English Plans International Expansion with Fransmart

Boston — Figs by Todd English, the casual dining concept founded by award-winning celebrity chef and restaurateur Todd English, is now franchising with the help of Fransmart, an industry-leading franchise development company, to bring its original thin crust pizza and

L.A.-based The Dolly Llama to Begin Franchising Nationwide

Los Angeles — The Dolly Llama, a popular waffle concept that currently dominates the Los Angeles dessert-scene with its own unique take on Hong Kong’s iconic Bubble Waffle, has signed with DCV Franchise Group as its franchising partner to expand

Slater’s 50/50 Plans First Colorado Restaurant

Denver — Slater’s 50/50, a full-service restaurant concept known for first creating the 50/50 burger patty made with 50% ground bacon and 50% ground beef, will soon make its Colorado debut. The restaurant will open at in Denver’s RiNo Arts

Eggs Up Grill Names VP of Franchise Development

Spartanburg, S.C. — Eggs Up Grill has appointed Todd Owen as its new vice president of franchise development. Owen brings a rich background in successful franchise development, leading sales and business development with brands that included Qdoba Mexican Eats, spearheading

Aloha Poke Co. Launches Strategic Franchise Expansion Plan

Chicago —  Aloha Poke Co., a fast-casual brand that 3 years ago pioneered Poke concept restaurants in the Midwest, plans to expand through franchising. Solidified already in five U.S. markets as the top spot for innovative poke bowls inspired by

Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh to Open First Boston Location

Boston — Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, a leading fast-casual Mediterranean franchise, is coming to Boston. This will be the fast-growing brand’s first location in New England. The restaurant is opening this winter at 134 Boylston St. and will be followed by

Slim Chickens Plans to Reach 600 Locations Over the Next 10 Years

Fayetteville, Ark. — Slim Chickens, a leading fast-casual franchise which features dine-in and drive-through, has launched an aggressive multi-unit growth initiative to expand its presence in key markets across the United States. With a goal to reach 600 locations over

Potbelly Inks Multi-Unit Deal to Open Restaurants Inside Macy’s Stores 

Chicago — Potbelly Sandwich Shop, the iconic neighborhood sandwich shop, has signed a multi-unit franchise agreement to open shops in Macy’s department stores, adding to the fast-casual brand’s significant multi-unit franchise growth in 2019. “This franchise agreement marks a major

MOOYAH Plans to Add 26 Locations in Houston by the End of 2021

Houston — Plano, Texas-based MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes, a fast-casual, “better burger” chain, is planning to add 26 locations across greater Houston by 2021. It is specifically scouting out real estate in Galveston, The Woodlands, Cypress, Spring, Conroe, Baytown,

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