Farmer Boys Promotes John Lucas to VP of Brand Consistency

Riverside, Calif. — Farmer Boys®, the fast-casual concept known for its award-winning burgers and exceptional service, has promoted John Lucas to vice president of brand consistency. Previously, he was director of franchise operations. In this new role, Lucas is responsible

Juice It Up! to Open Flagship Location with New Prototype Design

Irvine, Calif. — Juice It Up!, one of the nation’s leading handcrafted smoothie, açaí bowl and raw juice chains, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020, is opening the brand’s flagship “new store prototype” location this summer in Costa

Shake Shack Expanding in New South China Markets

New York City — Shake Shack Inc. and licensee Maxim’s Caterers Limited have expanded their partnership, with plans to open a minimum of 15 Shacks in South China by 2030, including locations in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Fuzhou and Xiamen. The Shenzhen

A&W Signs Development Agreements with 10 New Franchisees

Lexington, Ky. — A&W Restaurants is expanding from California to New York and from Louisiana to Minnesota, the result of agreements signed with 10 new franchisees. The latest multi-unit deal, signed this month, will bring three locations to Lafayette, La.

Moe’s Southwest Grill Opens First Kiosk-Only Restaurant

Pittsburgh — Moe’s Southweast Grill has opened its first ever kiosk-only restaurant. Located in Pittsburgh, the kiosk-only restaurant is owned and operated by Moe’s multi-unit franchisee Mike Geiger, seats 16 and features Moe’s new brand design. The build took approximately

Wing It On! Launches Strategic Franchise Expansion Plan

Waterbury, Conn. – Wing It On!, a New England-based wing joint, has formed a strategic franchising initiative that will accelerate its U.S. expansion. With 12 locations open and in development, Wing It On! has now set its sights on targeted

Bloomin’ Brands Reopens Approximately 74% of U.S. Restaurants

Tampa, Fla. — As of June 7, 2020, more than 760 company-operated U.S. restaurants (approximately 74% of U.S. restaurants) have reopened with limited in-restaurant dining capacity in accordance with local mandates, according to a business update from Bloomin’ Brands, Inc.

Risky Business?

— By Christine Cunning, CIC —   Considerations for restaurants converting to delivery during coronavirus.   These are incredibly challenging times for individuals and small businesses across the country. Few industries have been hit as hard as the restaurant industry.

A&W Sees Double-Digit Sales Growth in May, Despite COVID-19

Lexington, Ky. — A&W Restaurants posted double-digit, year-over-year sales in May, with some franchise locations doubling their sales. Other burger chains, on average, managed only a 2% increase, according to Black Box Intelligence. The iconic brand’s performance comes as it

Farmer Boys Promotes SVP of Operations to President & COO

Riverside, Calif. — Farmer Boys®, the farm fresh fast-casual chain, has named David Wetzel, its current senior vice president of operations, as its new president and chief operating officer. The promotion comes alongside the announcement that Farmer Boys’ current president

TouchBistro Names New Chief Financial Officer

Toronto — TouchBistro, an all-in-one POS platform for restaurants, has hired John Doolittle to join its executive leadership team as chief financial officer. As CFO, Doolittle will guide the transformation of TouchBistro’s financial structure to prepare for its future growth,

Delivery on Demand

— By Ahmed Abouelenein — Today, ghost kitchens are more important than ever.   Early on, The Halal Guys embraced the possibilities inherent in ghost kitchens as a tool to expand the reach of our business and grow revenue. We

Red Robin Reopening 65% of Company-Owned Dining Rooms

Greenwood Village, Colo. — Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., a full-service restaurant chain, expects to have reopened approximately 270 dining rooms with limited capacity by June 7, 2020, representing approximately 65% of currently open company-operated restaurants. “With our relentless focus

Presto Offers Free Contactless Dining Kits to Restaurants

Redwood City, Calif. — Presto, known for its in-house ordering tablets, has pivoted its business to help out the restaurant industry and is now offering a free Contactless Dining kit. The new kit enables restaurants to provide an end-to-end contactless

Dine Brands Global, Inc. Begins CEO Search

Glendale, Calif. — The board of directors of Dine Brands Global, Inc. has retained executive search firm Spencer Stuart to assist the company in identifying an individual to succeed its chief executive officer, Steve Joyce. Joyce’s employment agreement expires February

Rise Signs 25-Unit Development Deal in Virginia

Durham, N.C. — Rise Southern Biscuits and Righteous Chicken, the nation’s fastest growing biscuits and fried chicken chain with over 100 units in development across the country, has signed an area development agreement for the state of Virginia. BDVA Holdings,

Bal Harbour Shops Reopens With a COVID-19 Plan

Bal Harbour, Fla. — With carefully considered planning, following CDC guidelines and in alignment with state and local officials, Bal Harbour Shops opened on May 18 with increased safety precautions to protect customers, retailers and employees. In keeping with Miami-Dade

Texas Bars to Reopen; Restaurants to Increase Capacity

Austin, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released plans for the second phase of the state’s plan to reopen the economy at a press conference on May 18, notably giving bars the option to begin reopening on May 22. Under

Slim Chickens Inks Multi-Unit Franchise Agreement in Cleveland

Cleveland — Slim Chickens, a leading fast-casual franchise which features dine-in and drive-through in the “better chicken” segment, will open its first location in Cleveland in the first quarter of 2021. The forthcoming restaurant comes out of the brand’s recent

sweetgreen Names Former Starbucks EVP as COO

Los Angeles — sweetgreen, the seasonal restaurant with the mission of connecting people to real food, has hired Starbucks veteran Chris Carr as its new chief operations officer. “Chris’ values and leadership skills will make for an exceptional addition to