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

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