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

Famous Dave’s Reveals Smaller Footprint Prototype Restaurant

Minnetonka, Minn. — Famous Dave’s opened the first of its smaller footprint prototype restaurants in Uptown Minneapolis on December 20, 2019. The new restaurant is approximately 3,000 square feet — compared to the average 6,500 to 7,000 square feet —

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Plans More Than 30 New Cafes in Colorado

Atlanta — Tropical Smoothie Cafe®, a leading national fast-casual cafe concept, has signed two multi-unit franchise agreements to develop 38 new cafes across the state of Colorado, including a 27-unit deal and an 11-unit deal. As part of these agreements,

P. Terry’s Burger Stand Partners with Restaurant Leader SMG

Kansas City, Mo. — Service Management Group (SMG), a global customer, patient and employee experience management partner to more than 500 brands, has launched a new customer experience management program with American fast-food restaurant chain P. Terry’s Burger Stand. By

IT’SUGAR to Open World’s First Candy Department Store

East Rutherford, N.J. — IT’SUGAR, known for its over-the-top sweets, giant candy and absurdly wonderful sugar creations, will open on December 14, 2019 at American Dream, a 3 million-square-foot entertainment/shopping/dining destination under development in East Rutherford, N.J. At three stories

Juice It Up! Broadens California Footprint

Irvine, Calif. — Juice It Up!, one of the nation’s leading handcrafted smoothie, raw juice and superfruit bowl chains, continues to broaden its California presence with recent openings in Ripon and Delano, two rapidly growing communities in Central California. With

Roy Rogers Partners with Singer EVI for Equipment Consolidation

Frederick, Md. — Roy Rogers® Restaurants has partnered with Singer EVI to provide equipment fulfillment and kitchen design support for its existing and future quick-service restaurant locations. Roy Rogers Restaurants celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018. Since then, the company

Another Broken Egg Cafe Expanding into 3 New States

Orlando, Fla. — Another Broken Egg Cafe plans to open seven new locations by May 2020 as part of its 2020 growth strategy, which includes a focus on targeting experienced, multi-unit franchisees, development in hot new geographies, and further brand

Small Steps, Big Impact

— By Erich Lawson — 6 simple ways to reduce food waste in restaurants.   Every year a lot of food is wasted, of which restaurants are major contributors. Recyclable items like cardboard and paper waste find their way to

Safer & Smarter Kitchens

— By Tom Dunn — How active fryer management improves employee safety, reduces costs and increases sustainability.   Restaurants and commercial kitchens are demanding environments. Quick-service operators, fast-casual franchisees, full-service restaurant owners and facility kitchens everywhere often struggle with a

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes Opens in First KidZania USA

Dallas — MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes, a fast-casual “better burger” chain based in Plano, Texas, has partnered with KidZania USA, an interactive 85,000-square-foot indoor “city” for kids ages 6 to 14, to be one of the featured restaurant experiences

Bareburger Debuts New Look in NYC’s Chelsea Neighborhood

New York City —  Bareburger, an award-winning restaurant specializing in clean comfort food, is celebrating its first decade in business. The restaurant is marking this milestone with the introduction of a location reflecting a refreshed design in the New York

A&W Opens New National Learning Center and Prototype Restaurant

Lexington, Ky. — As A&W celebrates its centennial, the company is preparing for its next century with the recent opening of a new national learning center and prototype restaurant in Richmond, Ky. A&W, which was acquired by its franchisees from

Golden Corral Plans to Remodel 60 Franchise Restaurants in 2020

Raleigh, N.C. — Golden Corral, the nation’s largest grill-buffet chain, has launched an incentive for franchisees to remodel their current restaurants to the Golden Corral brand’s new Gateway design package. The comprehensive incentive program will support franchise owners with a