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CRG Partners with Crate & Barrel for First Full-Service Restaurant

Chicago — Cornerstone Restaurant Group (CRG), a national leader in the restaurant space, looks beyond traditional borders in restaurant dining to where the customer is consuming today. Widely considered a trailblazer in the delivery space in Chicago, CRG is embracing

Nathan’s Famous Names Senior Vice President, Restaurants

Jericho, N.Y. — Nathan’s Famous has hired James Walker, CFE, as the company’s senior vice president, restaurants. He joins the company from Subway where he was vice president, North America, overseeing all franchised restaurants in the U.S. and Canada. “We

FRONTIER Building Completes North Miami Krispy Kreme

North Miami, Fla. — South Florida’s iconic Krispy Kreme, located on 167th Street in North Miami, has been replaced with a larger, more modern version of the famous Hot N’ Ready doughnut shop with a few additional features. FRONTIER Building

The Greene Turtle Names New President/CEO

Columbia, Md. – The board of directors of The Greene Turtle has named Geovannie “Geo” Concepcion, formerly COO of Minneapolis-based Famous Dave’s, as president/CEO. He plans to guide the 44-unit casual dining chain to the next stage in its growth

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar to Open First Location in Florida

Costa Mesa, Calif. — Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, the casual dining restaurant known for its handcrafted American food and drink, plans to open its first restaurant in Florida next year, which will be located at the Westfield Broward Mall

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Opens 750th Location

Atlanta — Tropical Smoothie Cafe, LLC, a leading national fast-casual cafe concept, is opening the 750th location in its system on May 17, 2019 in Sugar Land, Texas. This major milestone showcases Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s rapid growth and sets the

Potbelly Sandwich Shop Opens First California Location

Irvine, Calif. — Potbelly Sandwich Shop opened its first shop in California on May 6, 2019. The new shop in Irvine, a franchise location, is located at the Walnut Village Center. First announced in August 2018, this is the first

CKE Restaurants Promotes International Division President

Franklin, Tenn. — CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. (CKE) parent company of Carl’s Jr.® and Hardee’s®, has promoted Mike Woida to president of its International division, and will report to CEO Ned Lyerly. In his new role, Woida will oversee all

Dunkin’ Brings First Next Generation Store to McKinney, Texas

McKinney, Texas — Dunkin’s newest store of the future opened its first next generation restaurant in McKinney, Texas, on April 25, 2019. The brand’s next generation design features a modern atmosphere and innovative technologies to make running on Dunkin’ faster

Coolgreens Names New Franchise Development Director

Oklahoma City — Coolgreens, a fast-casual concept that focuses on providing fresh and high-quality food, has hired Kathy Davidson to join the brand’s leadership team as its new vice president of franchise development. Davidson brings nearly 10 years of foodservice

Kitchen United Names Newest Markets for Expansion

Pasadena, Calif. — Kitchen United, the GV-backed startup creating a new way for restaurant brands to expand via off-premise optimized kitchen centers, has signed lease agreements bringing new locations to San Francisco and Los Angeles, and a second location to

I Heart Mac & Cheese Plans NYC Expansion

Boca Raton, Fla. — I Heart Mac & Cheese, a rapidly expanding fast-casual concept specializing in customizable, made-to-order macaroni and cheese bowls, grilled cheese sandwiches and specialty salads, has sold its corporate store in Patchogue, N.Y., as part of a

Roy Rogers Names Senior Manager of Information Technology

Frederick, Md. — Roy Rogers® Restaurants has named Frank Cleveland senior manager of information technology. Based in the company’s Frederick, Md., headquarters, he reports to Jeremy Biser, executive vice president, and is responsible for directing all IT operations to meet

New Steakhouse Concept, CATCH STEAK, Opening this Fall in NYC

New York City — Catch Hospitality Group, known for its successful seafood-centric CATCH restaurants with locations in New York City; Los Angeles; Playa del Carmen, Mexico; and Las Vegas, will open its first-ever sister restaurant, CATCH STEAK. Michael Vignola, former

Farmer Boys Names New Vice President/Chief People Officer

Riverside, Calif. — Farmer Boys®, a farm-fresh fast-casual concept, has hired restaurant industry and human resources veteran Arlene Estrada Petokas to serve as its new vice president and chief people officer. Petokas brings with her more than 20 years of

Benihana Debuts First Restaurant-Style Concessions at Sports Arenas

Los Angeles — Benihana Inc., the nation’s leading operator of Japanese-inspired teppanyaki and sushi restaurants, and AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company, have partnered to bring world-class culinary and dining experiences to fans at Dignity Health Sports

Marcus Theatres Plans to Introduce Movie Tavern to Wisconsin

Milwaukee — Marcus Theatres®, a division of The Marcus Corporation, is planning to bring Movie Tavern® by Marcus to Brookfield Square in Brookfield, Wis., a suburb of Milwaukee. Given the company’s recent acquisition of Movie Tavern, the timing is right

Shake Shack Strengthens Executive Team

New York City — Shake Shack has appointed a new chief development officer, chief global licensing officer, chief information officer and chief marketing officer, as well as the addition of its ninth board member. All four positions represent new roles