Franchising Freddy’s

— By Katie Lee —   Coming off its second highest expansion year to date, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers now eyes non-traditional venues such as colleges, stadiums and, eventually, airports.   When fast-casual brand Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

Papa John’s Appoints SVP and Chief of Restaurant Operations

Louisville, Ky. — Papa John’s International, Inc. has appointed restaurant industry veteran Jim Norberg as its chief restaurant operations officer. He will oversee the operations of Papa John’s corporate and franchise restaurants in North America. Norberg, a QSR industry veteran,

Cinnaholic Opens 10 New Locations in First Half of 2019

Atlanta — Cinnaholic, the gourmet cinnamon roll bakery acclaimed for serving innovative plant-based cinnamon roll creations, has opened 10 franchise locations since January in new markets including New Jersey, Houston, Phoenix and Ottawa, Ontario, bringing its total location count to

No Pests, More Guests

— By Mike Watt —   How to get rid of the frequent diners you do NOT want.   There is no privacy anymore, and no privacy can often turn into terrible publicity for restaurants. For instance, go to YouTube

Twin Peaks Reveals Newly Remodeled Restaurant

Round Rock, Texas — The Twin Peaks restaurant in Round Rock, Texas, which first opened in 2008, recently reopened after a significant remodel. Twin Peaks updated its interior to provide the best experience possible for its guests. Restaurant renovations include

Togo’s Expands its New Prototype

San Jose, Calif. — Beginning in March, Togo’s store of the future — named Togo’s 3.0 — started gaining momentum thanks to the completion of both physical and operational renovations at its Emeryville, Fremont and San Jose, Calif., stores. The

Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh Plans to Grow by 50 New Restaurants Annually

Denver — Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, a leading fast-casual Mediterranean franchise concept, has launched an aggressive franchise growth initiative to increase its presence across the U.S. Planning to add 50 new locations to the brand’s development pipeline annually, expansion will focus

First Home Restaurant in the U.S. Gets Permit

Eastvale, Calif. — Meghan McConaghy Chane of Riverside County, Calif., is the first home cook to be granted a permit to open an at-home restaurant in the United States. She is partnering with food-focused startup Foodnome to make it happen.

FAT Brands Completes Acquisition of Elevation Burger

Los Angeles — FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc. has successfully completed the acquisition of Elevation Burger for $10 million, which was funded through a combination of sellers’ notes and cash. With the acquisition, FAT Brands now franchises more than

Roy Rogers Tests New Store Design; Plans Systemwide Rollout

Frederick, Md. — Roy Rogers® Restaurants has successfully rolled out a new store design at its Westminster, Md., restaurant. The restaurant remained open throughout the renovations. Roy Rogers will next undertake updates at its test kitchen store in Frederick, Md.,

Biscuitville Names Vice President of Operations

Greensboro, N.C. — Craig Hanson has been named vice president of operations at Biscuitville Fresh Southern®. Hanson comes to Biscuitville with more than 15 years of experience with medium- and large-sized quick-service and fast-casual brands. His experience expands to brands

KRISPY KREME® to Open Times Square Flagship in 2020

Winston-Salem, N.C. — In early 2020, Krispy Kreme plans to open a first-of-its-kind flagship in Manhattan’s Times Square. The shop will serve more guests annually than any other Krispy Kreme location in the world. Within the shop’s 4,500-square-foot retail space,

LevelTen Energy to Provide Clean Power to 3,000 U.S. Starbucks Stores

Seattle — LevelTen Energy has closed a three-project renewable energy portfolio purchased by Starbucks, comprising wind and solar farms in North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas. The power purchase agreement portfolio will provide clean power to the electricity grids that serve

Casey’s General Stores, Inc. Names IHOP President as New CEO

Ankeny, Iowa — The board of directors of Casey’s General Stores, Inc. has appointed Darren Rebelez, president of IHOP®, as Casey’s next president and chief executive officer (CEO), effective June 24, 2019. Rebelez will also join Casey’s board of directors.

Celebrity’s Soul Food Plans 200-Restaurant National Rollout

Ocala, Fla. — Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Celebrity’s Soul Food has selected Southlake, Texas-based N3 Real Estate and affiliates as its exclusive national developer and master broker for the United States. N3 will be responsible for all aspects of Celebrity’s real

Chef Anthony Russo Unveils Russo’s New York Italia Pizza Kitchen & Brewery

Houston — Russo’s New York Pizzeria, the nation’s only chef-driven New York-style, Italian restaurant and pizzeria franchise concept, announces its latest franchise opportunity: an authentic Italian microbrewery. Conceptualized by Chef Anthony Russo, Russo’s New York Italia Pizza Kitchen & Brewery

Local History

— By Jennifer Morris —   Fast-casual concepts breathing new life into historic buildings.   In the competitive restaurant industry, it’s often a challenge for concepts to break away from the pack. The dining experience and brand identity aren’t solely