Saladworks and Frutta Bowls Debut First U.S. Walmart Location

Rochester, N.Y. — WOWorks, the parent company of health-centric fast-casual brands Saladworks, Frutta Bowls, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh and The Simple Greek, has debuted its first location in a Walmart grocery store in Rochester, N.Y. The ghost kitchen location will include

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Names Chief Operations Officer

Atlanta — Tropical Smoothie Cafe, a leading national fast-casual cafe franchise known for its better-for-you smoothies and food with a tropical twist, has promoted its former senior vice president of operations, Richard Key, to chief operations officer, effective immediately. Key

Another Broken Egg Cafe Sales Rise 20% From Pre-Pandemic Levels

Orlando, Fla. — Another Broken Egg Cafe, a full-service breakfast, brunch and lunch franchise, has seen its focus on seasonality, service and guest experience both on- and off-premise pay off this year. Same-store sales are up nearly 20% from pre-pandemic

MOD Pizza Names New Senior Vice President, Operations

Seattle — MOD Super Fast Pizza Holdings, LLC, a fast-casual pizza concept, has appointed Becky Mulligan to the role of senior vice president, operations, effective immediately. She brings to MOD over 25 years of experience at leading brands. In her

P.F. Chang’s Launches Flagship Location in Hawaii

Scottsdale, Ariz. — P.F. Chang’s has opened its Royal Hawaiian location as an upgraded flagship restaurant. The Honolulu dining destination was the focus of significant investment recently completing a 6-month renovation, resulting in significant upgrades to design, décor and ambiance

Oink & Moo BBQ and Burgers to Open Second Location

Holmdel, N.J. — Somerset Development has signed a lease with Oink and Moo BBQ & Burgers at Bell Works in Holmdel, N.J. Oink and Moo will open in October. The Southern-inspired menu offers classic barbecue dishes, and is created with

Dog Haus Transforms Guest Experience with Evolution of Prototype

Pasadena, Calif. — Dog Haus has selected Dallas-based Harrison to bring its new prototype to life. Harrison is applying its award-winning strategic branding, interior design and architectural expertise to create building plans and schematic designs that cover every detail of

Twin Peaks to be Sold to FAT Brands for $300 Million

New York City — An affiliate of Garnett Station Partners, LLC, a New York-based principal investment firm, has agreed to sell Twin Peaks, a national sports bar & grill franchise company, to FAT Brands for $300 million. Twin Peaks is

Dickey’s Signs 48-Unit Franchise Deal in Northeast

Dallas — Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, the world’s largest barbecue franchise, is embarking on a huge development push in the Northeast. The company has signed a multi-unit area development agreement with Chaac Foods, LLC to develop 48 Dickey’s locations in 5

Slim Chickens Opens First Alabama Location

Tuscaloosa, Ala. — Slim Chickens, a leading fast-casual franchise in the better-chicken segment, has opened its newest restaurant at 685 Skyland Blvd. in Tuscaloosa, Ala., marking its first location in the state. Seasoned restaurant group Heart of the South is

Burger King U.S. & Canada Appoints New President

Miami — According to José Cil, CEO of Restaurant Brands International, industry veteran Tom Curtis has been appointed president of Burger King U.S. & Canada. “Tom joined us a few months ago and has quickly established a strong leadership position

Convenience Through COVID

— By Katie Lee — Farmer Boys marks its 40th anniversary with a new post-pandemic appreciation for quality and convenience.   As Farmer Boys celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, the Riverside, California-based fast-casual concept recalls a memorable, milestone 2020

Taco John’s Signs Biggest Franchise Agreement in Brand History

Cheyenne, Wyo. — Taco John’s International Inc., a leading quick-service Mexican franchise, has inked its biggest area development agreement to date with the largest Wendy’s franchisee, Meritage Hospitality Group, Inc. The group will build 50 new Taco John’s restaurants by

Potbelly Corporation Appoints New Chief Marketing Officer

Chicago — Potbelly Corporation, the iconic neighborhood sandwich shop, has appointed David Daniels as its chief marketing officer (CMO) effective August 23, 2021. In this senior leadership role, he will report to Bob Wright, president and chief executive officer of

Dunkin’ Continues to Target Non-Traditional Development in 2021

Boston — Dunkin’ unveiled its most recent non-traditional openings and growth plans for the year. Thus far in 2021, the coffee company has expanded across Las Vegas at the Convention Center, LINQ Hotel and Arizona Charlie’s Boulder Casino, as well

Paytronix Order & Delivery Powers KC Hopps to Open Takeout-Only Sites

Newton, Mass. — Paytronix Systems, Inc., an advanced digital guest experience platform, has partnered with Kansas City restaurant management group KC Hopps to leverage its Paytronix Order & Delivery to open two takeout-only establishments bearing the name Stroud’s Express. The

Wendy’s and REEF to Develop 700 Delivery Kitchens by 2025

Dublin, Ohio and Miami — The Wendy’s Company and REEF, the largest operator of mobility, logistics hubs and kitchens, have formed a new development commitment to open and operate 700 delivery kitchens over the next 5 years across the U.S.,

Wagamama to Open 1st Restaurant in Georgia and 7th in the U.S.

Atlanta — The Allen Morris Company, one of the largest diversified real estate firms in the Southeast, and SRS Real Estate Partners are bringing Wagamama, a renowned restaurant brand featuring fresh, Asian-inspired dishes served in a vibrant, social setting, to