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

Golden Chick’s First Modular Constructed Restaurant to Open in 2021

Dallas — Golden Chick is kicking off 2021 with innovation in restaurant design and development by introducing the franchise’s very first modular constructed building. The first restaurant is scheduled to be installed in Saginaw, Texas, this month with an expected

Francisca Restaurant to Open 12 New Locations in Florida

Miami — Francisca Restaurant, one of the most successful Latin American gastronomic concepts in Miami, plans to open 12 new locations in Florida as part of its expansion plan for 2021. The announcement was unveiled with a giant billboard in

Tijuana Flats Debuts New High-Tech Restaurant Design

Orlando, Fla. — Tijuana Flats has launched a newly designed prototype, which will soon be the norm in many of the brand’s locations. The new look includes a fresh, bright design and high-tech enhancements that will improve the guest experience.

Starbucks Details CFO Succession Plan

Seattle — Starbucks Corporation has announced that, after a more than 35-year career in finance, Patrick Grismer has decided to retire from his position as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), effective February 1, 2021. Rachel Ruggeri, senior

Biscuitville Promotes From Within to Name New CEO

Greensboro, N.C. — Kathie S. Niven, who joined Greensboro, N.C.-based Biscuitville Fresh Southern® in 2011 and became president in early 2018, has taken on an additional role as the company’s chief executive officer. Burney Jennings, who was formerly Biscuitville’s CEO,

Ruby Red’s BBQ, Designed by Oculus, to Debut in Los Angeles

Los Angeles — Ruby Red’s BBQ, a new Texas-style barbeque restaurant, will be coming to Los Angeles in April 2021. The restaurant is owned by Steve Williamson of Ruby Red’s, Majestic Retail Group and Williamson General Contracting; Oculus Inc., a

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

Slim Chickens Inks Agreements for 150 Units in 2020

Fayetteville, Ark. — Slim Chickens is closing out 2020 with a bang: the brand has inked multi-unit franchise agreements for 150 units this year. In what was a precarious 12 months for the restaurant sector, Slim Chickens signed multi-unit agreements

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

Jack in the Box Inc. Names New Chief Financial Officer

San Diego — Jack in the Box Inc. has named Timothy Mullany as its new executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective January 18, 2021. Mullany is a well-rounded finance leader with more than 20 years of experience in

Plans in Motion

— Interview with Tim Welsh, Chief Development Officer — QDOBA was already making key changes prior to the pandemic.   With a variety of smaller floor plans and a revamped digital suite already in the works pre-COVID, QDOBA Mexican Eats

NYC Ice Cream Shop Makes Texas Debut

Houston — New York-based Van Leeuwen Ice Cream is making its Texas debut at Rice Village in Houston. Van Leeuwen started as a New York City food truck in 2008 and has since grown to a crowd favorite, rapidly expanding

Knoebel Construction Building 3 New Drake’s Restaurants

St. Louis — The new Drake’s restaurant and entertainment venue in Evansville, Ind., is complete, with Knoebel Construction serving as the general contractor. This is the second location that St. Louis-based Knoebel has built for the restaurant chain. Knoebel has

California Pizza Kitchen Names New EVP and CFO

Los Angeles — California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) has appointed Judd Tirnauer as executive vice president and chief financial officer. With over 25 years of experience mainly in the restaurant and retail business, including over 10 years in the CFO role,

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

Honoring History

— By Jeff Rabbitt and Ruba Younan — A case study in restaurant design authenticity.   The past couple of years have been marked by a shift in restaurant design towards authentic environments that reflect their surrounding context, people and

The Hummus & Pita Co. Opens First Upper East Side Location

New York City — The Hummus & Pita Co., a New York City-based fast-casual concept, debuted its new location in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan on Dec. 5. The new restaurant is located between 2nd and 3rd avenues

La Madeleine to Unveil New Petite Market and Bakery Prototype

Dallas — La Madeleine French Bakery & Café will return to Addison, Texas, in February with a new Petite Market and Bakery prototype, which combines la Madeleine’s ambiance as an unhurried French retreat with the convenience of a grab ‘n

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