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

Parry’s Pizzeria & Taphouse to Open its 10th Location

The Colony, Texas — Parry’s Pizzeria & Taphouse will open its 10th location in early March 2020 outside Dallas in The Colony, within the new Grandscape development. Parry’s, a Denver-based restaurant group, is known for its New York-style pizza and

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

ITW Promotes EVP, Food Equipment Group

Glenview, Ill. — ITW Food Equipment Group, a worldwide family of industry leading commercial food equipment brands, has promoted Axel Beck to lead the organization as executive vice president. Beck succeeds Lei Schlitz, who will now lead ITW’s automotive OEM

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

ITW Food Equipment Group Names VP of Vulcan Cooking Business

Baltimore, Md. — Vulcan, a leading provider of commercial cooking equipment, and parent company ITW Food Equipment Group (ITW FEG) have named Chris Stern as its new vice president and general manager of cooking, North America, effective February 10. Mihyar

Sevan Refreshes 14,000th Restaurant

Downers Grove, Ill. — Sevan Multi-Site Solutions, Inc., a global leader in innovative design, program management, construction services and data analytics, recently finished refreshing its 14,000th restaurant. The 14,000th restaurant is the McDonald’s in Big Bear, Calif. Sevan’s 14,000 restaurant

Brinker International Selects Presto as Pay-at-Table Technology Partner

Redwood City, Calif. — Presto, the restaurant industry’s leading end-to-end technology platform, has been selected by Brinker International, Inc. as the exclusive provider of its next generation guest-facing pay-at-table solutions. The Presto pay-at-table systems are scheduled to be deployed across

Architetra to Design Ventnor Square Theater’s New Restaurant

Philadelphia — Architetra p.c., an architectural firm based in Paoli, Pa., has unveiled its design concept for Ventnor Burger Bar, a new restaurant and bar that shares a roof with the fully-gutted and renovated Ventnor Square Theater in Ventnor, N.J.

Dutch Bros Coffee Names New CFO to Help Lead Major Expansion

Grants Pass, Ore. — Dutch Bros Coffee, the country’s largest privately held drive-thru coffee company, has named Charley Jemley chief financial officer. He joins the Dutch Bros family with extensive experience in retail finance and restaurant development, both in the

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.

First Watch Hires First Chief Transformation Officer

Bradenton, Fla. — Award-winning breakfast, brunch and lunch concept First Watch has hired Greg Barber as its new chief transformation officer. In this newly created role, Barber is responsible for leading strategy development and will partner with First Watch’s key

Jack in the Box Inc. Promotes 3 Executives

San Diego — Jack in the Box Inc. has promoted three of its executives: Adrienne Ingoldt to senior vice president, chief brand and experience officer; Jennifer Kennedy to senior vice president, chief product and innovation officer; and Sarah Super to

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

Farmer Boys Names New SVP of Operations

Riverside, Calif. — Farmer Boys®, a farm fresh fast-casual concept, has added restaurant industry veteran Dave Wetzel as its new senior vice president of operations. In this role, Wetzel is responsible for overseeing both company and franchise restaurant operations. He