Blaze Pizza to Develop 9 New Restaurants Across South Florida

Los Angeles — Blaze Pizza, a leading fast-casual franchise pizza concept, has signed a new franchise development agreement that will significantly expand the brand’s South Florida footprint, bringing nine new units to the greater Miami market. Spearheading this development are…

L.A.-based The Dolly Llama to Open First Locations in Nevada

Los Angeles — The Dolly Llama, the waffle and artisanal ice cream destination with three locations currently open in L.A. and three more in development, has signed a 4-unit franchise deal that includes the brand’s entry into Nevada. One Nevada…

Krystal Adds VP, Real Estate & Construction

Atlanta — As part of its strategic plan to accelerate new restaurant openings and new consumer markets for Krystal Restaurants, the brand has named a dedicated vice president of real estate & construction. Dan James assumed the role on November…

Vintage Design

— By Todd S. Kentzel, R.A. — New speakeasy beats pandemic-era odds to become a summer of ‘21 restaurant success story.   Architetra p.c. , an architectural firm based in Paoli, Pennsylvania, has announced  a collaboration, more than 2 years…

Kitchen United Opens Third New York City Location

Pasadena, Calif. — Kitchen United, the ghost kitchen industry leader with a proprietary tech platform and multi-concept ordering, has opened its newest location at 307 W. 38th St. in Manhattan. The opening marks the company’s third New York City and…

Slim Chickens Adds New Senior Vice President of Operations

Fayetteville, Ark. — Slim Chickens, a leading fast-casual franchise, has strengthened its executive team with the appointment of restaurant industry leader Christina Vaughan to senior vice president of operations. Vaughan will work closely with the chief operating officer of Slim…

Warm Welcome

— By Jeff Hungarter — Videri Chocolate Factory: an LED lighting solution showcases a sweet spot.   When Roxanne Lundy began working at Videri Chocolate Factory in Raleigh, North Carolina, she was fresh out of college and the company was…

Decision To Go Digital

— By Dan Hyman — Davanni’s Pizza & Hot Hoagies invests in staff with bold new software.   For more than four decades, Davanni’s Pizza & Hot Hoagies has been a fixture in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. And now,…

Slim Chickens Expanding in Dallas with 10 New Restaurants

Dallas — Slim Chickens has inked a deal to bring 10 locations to cities throughout greater Dallas. Farouk Jamal and Ali Poonja of Slim Brothers will be bringing the restaurants to Collin and Denton counties in fourth quarter 2022. “After…

Savory Fund Invests in Hash Kitchen for National Expansion

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Savory Fund has invested in the popular brunch concept, Hash Kitchen. The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based chain creatively designed around a social dining experience is the latest brand to attract growth capital from Mercato Partners’ $200 million Savory Restaurant…

Clean Juice Rides Tidal Wave of Growth Toward 2022

Charlotte, N.C. — Clean Juice, the first and only national USDA-certified organic juice bar franchise and quick-service restaurant, has demonstrated another quarter of impressive guest count and sales growth. “Despite these record-breaking successes and forward-moving gains, we still feel as…

Temperature Check

— By Manik Suri — Food waste is a major issue. Here’s what you can do about it.   What do Dutch Bro’s, Eggs Up Grill, and Domino’s have in common? They are creating more sustainable businesses by replacing manual…

Ziggi’s Coffee Opens 40th Location

Longmont, Colo. —  Ziggi’s Coffee has opened its landmark 40th location. The new coffee shop is located in Loveland, Colo. Founded on the corner of Main Street in Longmont, Colo., by Brandon and Camrin Knudsen in 2004, Ziggi’s Coffee now…

Captain D’s Continues to Grow with New and Existing Operators

Nashville, Tenn. — Captain D’s, the nation’s leading fast-casual seafood restaurant, has experienced a surge in franchise development throughout 2021, reporting 18 new agreements signed to develop 43 locations in key markets nationwide over the next several years. Half of…

Arctic Circle Restaurants Partners with Kitchen United

Scottsdale, Ariz. — The Arctic Circle Restaurant chain is partnering with Kitchen United in Scottsdale, Ariz., to offer delivery and fulfillment of its food. The new location opened for pickup and delivery on Oct. 25 at Kitchen United MIX on…

PowerSoul Cafe Chooses Southwest Las Vegas to Launch National Chain

Las Vegas — PowerSoul Cafe, the world’s first 100% gluten-free fast-food restaurant chain, plans its flagship location in Southwest Las Vegas. The healthy food and smoothie cafe will debut at Tarkanian Plaza in summer 2022. The flagship location will serve…

Change In The Air

— Interview with Tana Davila — Upgrades to P.F. Chang’s ambiance, design and decor drive traffic and sales — even during the pandemic.   This month [September 2021], P.F. Chang’s opened a new flagship in Hawaii, following a 6-month renovation…

Bloomin’ Brands Names New Chief Technology Officer

Tampa, Fla. — Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. has appointed Astrid Isaacs to chief technology officer for Bloomin’ Brands. She will lead the company’s technology strategy and platforms, while overseeing the IT, digital and loyalty teams. Isaacs will also join the executive…

Aloha Poke Co. Enters Georgia Market

Chicago — Aloha Poke Co., the nation’s premier fast-casual poke restaurant concept, has expanded into the Atlanta market. This venture marks the first Aloha Poke fast-casual eatery in the state of Georgia, with potential to add more throughout 2022. Aloha…