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Dine Brands Global Plans 19 New IHOP® Restaurants in Pakistan

Glendale, Calif., and Karachi, Pakistan — Dine Brands Global Inc. has signed a deal with several principals of Gerry’s Group, a leading Pakistan-based logistics and food-and-beverage group, to bring the IHOP brand to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The deal…

J. Alexander’s Holdings, Inc. Names New Leadership Promotions

Nashville, Tenn. — J. Alexander’s Holdings, Inc., owner and operator of a collection of restaurants which includes J. Alexander’s, Redlands Grill, Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill and selected other restaurants, has promoted Mark A. Parkey to president and CEO, effective…

The Hummus & Pita Co. to Expand to the Southeast

Atlanta — The Hummus & Pita Co., one of the country’s fastest growing Mediterranean fast-casuals, has signed a multi-unit deal to expand its franchise to the Southeast. Franchisees Jay Gill and Patrick Sidhu will bring five locations to the Atlanta…

Veggie Grill Teams Up with Sodexo to Expand on College Campuses

Santa Monica, Calif. — Veggie Grill has partnered with Sodexo Inc., a global provider of food and facilities management, to offer Veggie Grill’s plant-based menu at university campuses. Since its inception in 2006, Veggie Grill has opened 32 locations in…

FRONTIER Building Completes First Chili’s in Pittsfield, Mass.

Miami — FRONTIER Building has completed the new Chili’s Grill & Bar located at 555 Hubbard Ave. in the Berkshire Crossing Shopping Center in Pittsfield, Mass. The 5,000-square-foot casual dining restaurant is a first for Pittsfield and the surrounding Berkshire…

Cauldron Ice Cream Opens First Texas Location

Dallas — Cauldron Ice Cream, the rapidly growing California-based scoop shop known for its made-to-order nitrogen ice cream, opened its first Texas location on March 2, 2019 in Dallas. “The quality, taste and unforgettable customer experience that Cauldron Ice Cream…

Knoebel Construction Completes Mellow Mushroom in Missouri

St. Louis — The new Mellow Mushroom pizzeria in Cottleville, Mo., is complete and open, with Knoebel Construction serving as the general contractor.  Each Mellow Mushroom restaurant is locally owned and features a completely unique design. This eclectic and colorful…

REGO Restaurant Group Names Chief Supply Officer

Denver — Eric Grundmeier, a seasoned supply chain professional, has been named chief supply officer of REGO Restaurant Group, the fast-casual restaurant platform backed by High Bluff Capital Partners that includes Quiznos and Taco Del Mar. The news comes on…

Roy Rogers Restaurants Partners with Performance Foodservice – Maryland

Frederick, Md. — Roy Rogers® Restaurants has signed a new 3-year contract naming Performance Foodservice – Maryland its primary distributor for food, disposables and janitorial supplies for its 50 restaurants across the Mid-Atlantic United States. The company will provide next-day…

Kitchen United Names Executive Appointments

Pasadena, Calif. — Kitchen United, the virtual restaurant center for innovative brands building off-premise through pickup and delivery, has made a series of executive team hires to support its national rollout and expansion plans. Kitchen United plans to open 15…

Jersey Mike’s Opens on U.S. Naval Base

Norfolk, Va. — On February 14, 2019, Jersey Mike’s Subs opened in Norfolk, Va., aboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in the Main Navy Exchange food court. Franchise owners Martin Anderson and Clark Stallings, along with operating partner Tristan…

Biscuitville Names New Creative Director

Greensboro, N.C. — Biscuitville Fresh Southern® has named Stephen Swoap creative director. In his role at Biscuitville, he will continue to evolve and elevate the look of the brand and oversee the execution of its visual identity across its media…

REGO Restaurant Group Names Chief Brand Officer

Denver — Mark Lohmann, a former senior executive with Qdoba Restaurant Group, has been named chief brand officer of REGO Restaurant Group, the fast-casual restaurant platform backed by High Bluff Capital Partners that includes Quiznos and Taco Del Mar. The…

Gone to the Dogs

Dallas-based MUTTS Canine Cantina brings a unique concept to unique real estate spaces. — By Katie Lee — Imagine the coolest dog park and the coolest dog-friendly restaurant — together in one place. Like a beer garden with your dog.…

Bojangles’® Names Chief Restaurant Support Officer

Charlotte, N.C. — Bojangles’, Inc. has hired restaurant industry veteran Kenneth M. Koziol as its new chief restaurant support officer, reporting directly to the brand’s new chief executive officer, Jose Armario. He joins the company from Panera.…

Kitchen United to Expand into Columbus and Atlanta

Los Angeles — Kitchen United, the virtual restaurant center for innovative brands building off-premise through pickup and delivery, has signed lease agreements for kitchen centers in Columbus, Ohio, and Atlanta. Both locations are expected to open spring 2019 and are…

Bloomin’ Brands Names President of Bonefish Grill

Tampa, Fla. — Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. has appointed Jeff Carcara as president of Bonefish Grill. In this role, Carcara will be responsible for leading the operations and development for Bonefish Grill restaurants across the United States. He most recently served…

Saladworks Plans to Open 17 New Locations in 2019

Philadelphia — With successful 2018 openings in four states, Saladworks, the healthy, fast-casual franchise, will continue to expand its national footprint to new and existing states in 2019. With 10 new stores committed to by new and existing franchisees in…

CoreLife Eatery to Open Milestone 50th Location

Fort Wayne, Ind. — CoreLife Eatery, an active lifestyle restaurant offering a variety of greens, grains and broth-based dishes, will soon hit a major milestone by opening its 50th location. The brand will open in Fort Wayne, Ind., for the…

GPS Hospitality Names Senior Vice President of Operations

Atlanta — GPS Hospitality, one the nation’s largest franchisees of BURGER KING® and Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen restaurants, has promoted Mike Kovac to senior vice president of operations. Previously, he was vice president of operations, where he achieved consecutive yearly sales…

Cauldron Ice Cream Expands California Presence

Irvine, Calif. — Cauldron Ice Cream, the rapidly growing Orange County, Calif.-based scoop shop known for its made-to-order nitrogen ice cream, innovative flavors and viral OG Puffle cone, opened a new Irvine, Calif., location on January 12, 2019.…

Red Robin Appoints Executive Vice President and CFO

Greenwood Village, Colo. — Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. has appointed Lynn Schweinfurth as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective January 28, 2019. Guy Constant, Red Robin’s current executive vice president and chief financial officer, will move to…