Another Broken Egg Cafe Accelerates Franchise Development

Orlando, Fla. — Another Broken Egg Cafe, an innovative full-service breakfast, brunch and lunch franchise that specializes in Southern-inspired menu options and creative cocktails, has signed development agreements in the first quarter of 2021 to open 14 new locations. Additionally,

New 7-Eleven “Evolution Store” Opens in Prosper, Texas

Irving, Texas — 7-Eleven, Inc. has opened its newest Evolution Store — which features tacos on handmade tortillas, frozen margaritas on tap, a stocked wine cellar and beer cooler, fresh-baked croissants and cookies, customized espresso drinks, artisan craft sodas, premium

Ziggi’s Coffee Signs 100th Franchise Agreement

Longmont, Colo. — Ziggi’s Coffee has inked its 100th deal with the company’s first franchisees. Steve and Jill Anderson signed the first Ziggi’s Coffee franchise agreement just 4.5 years ago. Now, with four stores up and running, the Andersons have

Jollibee Chicken Restaurant Opens First Location in Maryland

Wheaton, MD. — Filipino fast-food chain Jollibee has opened its first location in Maryland this month at the Westfield Wheaton Mall in Wheaton. Located at 2800 University Blvd. W., Suite C., Jollibee’s store hours are 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.,

Del Taco Posts 8th Consecutive Year of Franchise SSS Growth

Lake Forest, Calif. — Del Taco, the nation’s second largest Mexican quick-service restaurant chain, is carrying tremendous momentum into the first quarter of 2021. Despite pandemic-induced pressures, the brand was resilient during the initial COVID-19 slowdown and began to thrive

The Halal Guys Builds Midwest Momentum with Kansas City Debut

Kansas City, Mo. — The Halal Guys, the largest American Halal street food concept in the world, is expanding rapidly across the Midwest, recently announcing a multi-unit franchise deal to open locations in Missouri. The first is slated for Kansas

New Air Purification Company, Boston Air Solutions, is Formed

Boston — The founder of EarthSafe Chemical Alternatives® and its EvaClean® system, RJ Valentine, is now launching a new company: Boston Air Solutions (BAS). Valentine recognized the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ) improvement, particularly as a strategic weapon against

Getting Serious About Signage

— By Dan Smith — Investing in the right commercial-grade digital signage is as strategic as a brand’s messaging.   Would you like fries with that? Increasingly, thanks to digital signage, the answer is yes. At quick-service, fast-casual and other

Biscuitville Names New Director of IT, Enterprise Applications

Greensboro, N.C. — Rusty Everhart has been hired as the director of IT, enterprise applications, at Biscuitville Fresh Southern. His primary responsibility will be to oversee all technology systems that support Biscuitville’s operations. From point-of-sale to back-end digital platforms such

Dunkin’ Celebrates 1,000th Next Generation Restaurant Opening

Canton, Mass. — In 2018, Dunkin’s first Next Generation restaurant opened in Quincy, Mass., featuring a new design with a modern atmosphere and innovative features. Now, just 3 years later, Dunkin’ is opening its 1,000th Next Gen restaurant in Woodstock,

Silver Diner to Open 19th Restaurant, First in Washington, D.C.

Rockville, Md. — Silver Diner plans to open its first Silver Diner restaurant in Washington, D.C., in 2022. The 8,000-square-foot, two-story space is located next to Nationals Park. This new two-story concept will feature an updated Silver Diner restaurant on

Driving Force

Just in time for its 50th anniversary, Schlotzsky’s rolls out two new prototypes with plans to build on lessons learned during COVID-19. — By Katie Lee —   At Schlotzsky’s, the drive-thru has always been a driving force of its

Olga’s Kitchen/TEAM Schostak Names New Marketing Director

Livonia, Mich. — Olga’s Kitchen, owned and operated by Livonia, Mich.-based TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants (TSFR), has promoted Loredana Gianino from senior marketing manager to director of marketing. Gianino joined Olga’s Kitchen in 2011 as a marketing intern and soon

Chipotle Accelerates Expansion Into Canada

Newport Beach, Calif. — Chipotle Mexican Grill will continue its expansion into Canada with a new location in Surrey, British Columbia, that is scheduled to open on March 30. The restaurant will be Chipotle’s first new Canadian location since its

What the American Rescue Plan Means for Restaurants

— By Michael Krueger —   On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law The American Rescue Plan Act. The Act has $1.9 trillion in relief funds, including $28.6 billion set aside for the restaurant industry in the Restaurant

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Launches New Taqueria Concept

Irving, Texas — Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, a Texas-based Baja-style restaurant group, has launched a new concept, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Taqueria. The Taqueria encompasses everything fans have come to love about the brand with the same recipes, but will offer a

New Ramen Restaurant, Clever Ramen, to Open this Spring

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Born and Raised Hospitality, the restaurant group behind popular Phoenix restaurants Clever Koi, Across The Pond and Fellow Osteria, and architecture firm Aline Architecture Concepts have teamed up to design a new fast-casual ramen restaurant, Clever Ramen,

Restaurant Tech Disruptor 86 Repairs Raises $2 Million to Optimize R&M

Chicago — 86 Repairs, an innovative platform that streamlines and optimizes equipment repair and maintenance for restaurants, has closed a $2 million round of seed funding from multiple investors. The investment will be used to accelerate the company’s aggressive growth

The Halal Guys to Double its Midwest Presence

Columbus, Ohio — The Halal Guys recently signed a franchise deal to open its first locations in Ohio, more than doubling its presence in the Midwest and building on successful locations in Illinois. Franchisee group Smart Choice Food LLC will

Brooklyn Dumpling Shop Inks First Multi-Unit Franchising Deal

New York City — Brooklyn Dumpling Shop, a fast-growing dumpling automat concept, has signed its first franchising deal to bring five locations to Connecticut. The brand is poised to disrupt the quick-service restaurant industry with its innovative automat technology and

Antioch Pizza Shop Plans Strategic Franchise Expansion Plan

Antioch, Ill. — Antioch Pizza Shop has announced a strategic franchising initiative that will accelerate its expansion plans in target markets. With seven locations open and three more in development in Illinois and Wisconsin, Antioch Pizza Shop has set its

Outdoor Dining is Here to Stay

— By Leslie Chapus — Outdoor dining became a staple during the pandemic — and guests have grown to love and expect it, no matter the weather. The good news is, investment in all-weather outdoor dining pays for itself.