Chicken Salad Chick Makes South Florida Debut

Auburn, Ala. — Chicken Salad Chick, a Southern-inspired, fast-casual chicken salad restaurant concept, will be expanding in Florida with its newest restaurant in Coral Springs. The Coral Springs restaurant marks the first Florida opening this year with additional locations in

Del Taco Debuts Reimagined Store Design with “Fresh Flex” Prototype

Lake Forest, Calif. — Del Taco is debuting its highly-anticipated new store prototype: a sleek, bold, contemporary model, “Fresh Flex,” that reconceptualizes the restaurant inside and out. Striking exteriors and distinctive interiors evoke the brand’s contemporized feel. At the same

Schlotzsky’s Testing 2 Off-Premise-Driven Prototypes

Atlanta — Schlotzsky’s has unveiled two new prototypes that will put its drive-thru front and center and enhance speed of service for delivery, to-go and catering. While driving off-premise sales has been underway for Schlotzsky’s for some time, it’s now

Curry Up Now Inks Second Franchise Deal in Texas in 30 Days

Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas — Curry Up Now, the nation’s largest and fastest growing Indian fast-casual concept, signed a deal with a franchise group in the Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston areas to bring five new Curry Up Now restaurants, some

California Pizza Kitchen Exits Chapter 11, Plans to Expand Footprint

Los Angeles — California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) has successfully completed its financial restructuring process and emerged from Chapter 11. CPK completed a debt-for-equity transaction and now has a substantially reduced debt load and increased liquidity. Upon emergence, the company eliminated

Juice It Up! Sales Soar During 2020

Irvine, Calif. — Juice It Up!, a leading handcrafted smoothie, açaí bowl and raw juice franchise, has experienced strong growth in same store sales (SSS) and average unit volumes (AUVs) in 2020. Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, through

MOOYAH Burgers to Open 10 New Locations in Dallas-Fort Worth

Plano, Texas — Former restaurant and entertainment executive, Ted Beaman, along with his 20-year business partners, Sean McCullough and Greg Stevens, are shifting careers from the entertainment industry to open 10 MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes, a Plano, Texas-based “better

The Hummus & Pita Co. Opens First Location in the South

Atlanta — The Hummus & Pita Co., a leading Mediterranean fast-casual concept, opened its first location in the South — near Perimeter Mall in Atlanta — on Nov. 21. This is the first of three franchised locations opening in the

Freddy’s to Develop 50 New Restaurants Across Florida and the Southeast

Wichita, Kan. — Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, a leading national fast-casual restaurant concept known for its cooked-to-order Steakburgers and freshly churned frozen custard treats, has signed a multi-unit franchise agreement to develop 50 new restaurants over the next several

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Opens 900th Location

Atlanta — Tropical Smoothie Cafe, a leading national fast-casual cafe franchise, has opened its 900th cafe, which is located on the Fort Benning military base in Georgia. This milestone opening comes on the heels of a momentous year for the

Captain D’s Unveils New ‘Express’ Prototype With No Indoor Seating

Nashville, Tenn. — Captain D’s has launched a new restaurant prototype called Express, featuring a significantly smaller footprint than its traditional models. Over the past several years, Captain D’s has developed a robust lineup of restaurant prototypes — ranging from

NYC Dumpling Kiosk Concept Commits to Franchising

New York City — Fransmart, the industry-leading franchise development company, will officially represent Brooklyn Dumpling Shop, the soon-to-open, 24/7 quick-service restaurant serving creative, flavor-packed dumplings with hands-free technology, in its global franchising endeavors. The restaurant’s flagship location is opening in

QDOBA Mexican Eats Accelerates Expansion in Non-Traditional Venues

San Diego — QDOBA Mexican Eats®, the largest franchise opportunity in the fast-casual Mexican segment, continues to grow its non-traditional footprint across universities, airports and other venues. Since August, the brand has opened eight locations on college campuses across the

Curry Up Now Breaks Ground on First Indiana Location

Bloomington, Ind. — Curry Up Now, an award-winning Indian fast-casual concept, has broken ground on its first Indiana location, which is slated to open in early spring 2021 in Bloomington near Indiana University. This expansion is part of a multi-unit

IHOP® Expands Franchisee Portfolio with Addition of Sun Holdings, Inc.

Glendale, Calif. — IHOP® has expanded its franchisee portfolio with the addition of Suncakes, LLC, led by Guillermo Perales, through the acquisition of 41 IHOP restaurants. The restaurants, located in Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina, were previously owned

Jersey Mike’s Great Ride

— By Katie Lee — Even during a pandemic, Jersey Mike’s continues to grow and evolve — adding 200 stores this year and fully funding the ongoing retrofits of its 1,800+ locations.   Ten years ago, Retail & Restaurant Facility

Batteries Plus on Track to Sign 40 New Franchise Agreements in 2020

Hartland, Wis. — Batteries Plus, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing battery, light bulb, key fob and repair franchise, has been ranked No. 131 on Franchise Times’ Top 200+ List, the most comprehensive ranking of the 500 largest franchise systems in

Farmer Boys to Open 100th Restaurant this Month

Perris, Calif. — Farmer Boys, a Southern California-based fast-casual concept, will celebrate its 100th restaurant opening the weekend of October 23-24 in Perris, Calif. — the same city where it all began nearly 40 years ago. “We are thrilled to

CAO Bakery & Café Plans to Open 35 New Locations By 2024

Miami — CAO Bakery & Café, a South Florida staple known for blending traditional Cuban baking with the inviting atmosphere of American-mainstay cafés, plans to expand its pastelito portfolio through franchise opportunities. This will allow Cuban American Original (CAO) to

Beloved D.C. Eatery, Bob & Edith’s Diner, Plans National Expansion

Arlington, Va. — Bob & Edith’s Diner, an iconic Washington, D.C., eatery beloved by celebrities and locals alike, recently opened its fifth corporate location in Arlington, Va., despite COVID-19-related delays. The new location welcomed more customers than anticipated in its